Thursday, 17 October 2013

Coconut Christening Cupcakes

Phew, we survived the christening! We had been trying to get around to baptising our kids for a while now but just couldn't get our act together. We finally decided to do it around Master Q's first birthday so that my parents would be in town. I have to say after getting through the birthday I wasn't really all that enthused to back it up with a christening but thankfully it wasn't as bad as I imagined. The week before the christening my husband took Miss M to church to witness one and get a feel for it. It did not go well. The Priest came over to her and attempted to pat her on the head which caused her to start crying. Then as one of the babies was having the water poured on it's head husband told Miss M that that was going to happen to her next week, well that was it, she lost it. It got that bad that husband had to take her out of the church!

Up until this point I think my husband had thought that my descriptions of Miss M's public meltdowns were over exaggerated or just the way she acts with me. So although it made the prospect of her getting through her own christening a little more worrisome I was secretly happy that he had witnessed this behaviour himself! Don't all Mother's just wish this happened a little more often?

Butter wouldn't melt in her mouth!

October has been a big month for cakes so I was stuck for ideas when it came to a cake for the christening. I had seen a wedding cake made of cupcakes recently that inspired my idea for a Cupcake Christening Cake. I made a basic vanilla cupcake for the sugar filled ones and I adapted an Australian Women's Weekly Coconut Ice Cake to Sugar-Free Coconut cupcakes and they were delicious! They came out nice and light and perfect first time! (If only this happened more often to me!). I made buttercream icing for the vanilla cupcakes and buttercream dextrose icing for the coconut ones. I wanted to colour them a soft shade of blue and pink but got a little too liberal with the blue colouring and so they became green cupcakes instead! I made the pink ones darker to attempt to match the shade of the green ones. I then made matching pink and green crosses and background circles from royal icing for the cupcake toppers. Yes, it may have been a little bit kitsch but I thought they looked cute!  

Coconut Cupcakes (Sugar-Free)
65g butter, softened
1/2 cup dextrose
1 egg
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup sour cream
3/4 cup self-raising flour
3 tablespoons coconut milk
Preheat oven 160 degrees Celsius (150 degrees fan forced)
Line 12 hole cupcake tins with paper cases (makes 16 cupcakes)
1. Beat butter in electric mixer until light and fluffy
2. Add dextrose in batches and cream until fluffy
3. Add egg and beat together until combined
4. Stir in coconut, sifted flour, sour cream and coconut milk in batches starting and ending with flour
5. Divide mixture into cupcake tins
6. Bake cakes 18 minutes or until skewer comes clean
7. Stand cakes in tin 5 minutes before turning onto rack to cool
8. Ice with buttercream icing made with dextrose once cool

Monday, 7 October 2013

Where did the time go? My bubba is 1 year old! (Rusty the Robot birthday cake)

I seriously can’t believe it but my little Master Q is 1 year old! Is it just me or does time following your second child seem to just fly by even faster than the first? It feels like yesterday that I was wondering how I was ever going to get through another year of breastfeeding and here I am weaning him! It sounds so cliché but time really does seem to be sucked into some kind of vortex after the arrival of children. Some days eight hours at work would really drag on and although there are certainly days with the kids that can go on forever (!) there never seems to be enough time for anything now. Which is ironic since it’s precisely at this moment that you need more of it. More time to sleep, more time to get the housework done, more time to play with the kids and more time to just to sit back and absorb every moment of these little creatures’ lives.
The year following the birth of our first, Miss M did go quickly…eventually. To be honest I felt every minute of the first three months of her life, the adjustment was just so taxing that I really felt every hour of those difficult few months. Then before I knew it I was pregnant again and counting down till the birth of Master Q. I do often feel sad that I didn’t pay more attention during Miss M’s first year so this time around I really tried to take in more of the little things. Watching Master Q marvel at the wheels on a toy truck, seeing him smile as he felt the wind blow through his hair for the first time and the way he looks at his sister with such love in his eyes. How can he know that feeling already? All times you which you could just hold onto and never let go.
Of course when you have days like I had preceding Master Q’s birthday you really have to work hard to remind yourself of these wonderful moments…
Four days before Master Q’s birthday he woke up grissly and with a temperature. It continued for the next three days, we were up all night trying to get his temperature down and get him back to sleep. At the same time I had started weaning him and was also trying to plan a birthday party and a christening! On his birthday I took a very puppy faced bubba who would not leave my arms to the Doctor, he had tonsillitis. Then he woke on the day of his party with a rash all over him, roseola virus. No wonder the poor little man was not happy! He still managed to make everyone laugh whilst we sung ‘Happy Birthday’ but it was not the 1st birthday I had hoped for him. Thankfully he won’t remember!
So onto the cake. For Miss M’s first birthday it was easy, she loved ‘Giggle and Hoot’ so Hoot the Owl it was. For Master Q it was a little more difficult. When he first started crawling we commented that he looked like a wind-up toy, he would start revving and then just take off like a shot. So this is what inspired the Robot birthday cake. I dubbed him ‘Rusty the Robot’ as I did have a little trouble with some chocolate cake crumb showing this time around. I used my Sugar-Free Chocolate Yoghurt Cake recipe again and also the Cream Cheese icing using dextrose. He was a simple 20cm square cake for his body and I fashioned the head, hands and feet from a 20cm round cake. I used Oreo biscuits for the arms, legs and ears and royal icing for the face and body decoration. Pretty simple but think ‘Rusty’ turned out well in the end!
So birthday celebration over, now onto planning next week’s christening!