Friday, June 20, 2008

Ampthill Forum - quick update

Paul decided that he didn't want to continue running the forum - but sadly didn't actually check when it was due to expire properly and it went.....HOWEVER it looks like there maybe a couple of people that are willing to take it on and it maybe up and running again. If you want to help or just offer some support then you can email me on ampthill@craftsbycarolyn.co.uk and I will pass on your emails.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Chocolate Fudge Cup Cakes



I made these for Owen's birthday cake - we chose 13 out of the 20 and put candles in them - he loved them. I really needed a flat surace to put them on - next time I would put them on a cake board as the candles weren't easy to deal with on the outside slanting ones! You can see some are in the new tin and some in the old tins!

This recipe makes 20 cupcakes

preheat the oven 180c / 350f / gas mark 4

Put in a saucepan, heat gently - then bring to the boil and simmer for 5 mins:
200ml/ 7fl oz water
85g/ 3oz Butter
85g/ 3ox Caster sugar
1 tbsp golden syrup
...set aside

Put
3 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp bicarb of soda
...into a small bowl and mix together

in a big bowl put
225g/ 8oz Plain white flour
2 tbsp cocoa
...mix together

Now add the syrup mixture to the flour and then stir in the milk mix and beat until smooth.

Now you need to divide between 20 cases - about 2/3 full.

Bake for 20 mins


Allow to cool and make the topping.
This is as the recipe stated but I had loads left, it also recommends you use white and plain choc, but I didn't have any white so used milk and dark:

This is the total quantity if you want to do two different batches half it and make one of each.
100g / 3 and half oz of chocolate
4 tbsp water
50g/ 1 3/4 butter
350g/ 12 oz icing sugar

Melt the chocolate and water and butter in a bowl over boiling water, stir until smooth then mix in the icing sugar. The chocolate curl were made with chocolate and a veg peeler and I got in a right mess with it!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Cup Cake Tins


I finally found some more 'upright' small cake tins so that they are more like cupcakes. I found them in Matalans made by Pyrex...they are tins though not Pyrex...a 6 hole one was £3. I only bought one as I wasn't sure if it would work. But was most impressed by the results, so I need to pop back and get another. I hope you can see the difference with these two cranberry cupcakes - which do you prefer?

I have some recipes to put up so will do one later.....

This week were are moving offices on Friday so I have been designated a co-ordinator and so am working 4 days this week...although that means only 2 next week! Tomorrow I am off to Hanslope Craft group to make cards for the group - first time I have done this in ages so I hope they like it. I am just off to get all of my things together now.

I have now added a search to the craft site and I hope that people will be able to find their way around easier with that and the new menus.

AWOL again


Time has been flying by again and I have been busy doing this and that! Owen was 13 last weekend I made choc fudge cupcakes I will add a recipe later.

The big news is I have revamped the site and it has brand new menus - hopefully it will be easier to get around and find things - it now looks a bit empty, and could do with some new pages now! Tee hee - please let me know what you think Crafts by Carolyn - and let me hav eyour ideas for some new things.....

I promise to do some new posts soon - in the mean time here is a card I made for a challenge on Sassy Crafts - I saw it posted on a forum and not many people had entered :( - so my 3 Dovecraft products are the stamp, the paper and the brad