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Australia Day Cupcakes

Australia Day Cupcakes

As it’s Australia Day on Monday I thought I would get into the spirit and make some Australia Day inspired cupcakes. Not sure what I’m doing for Australia Day yet but I think we might just be hanging by the pool and cooling off from the Aussie heat.

Anyway, these cupcakes were made by using my basic vanilla cupcake recipe http://www.bindybee.com/basic-buttercake and buttercream frosting http://www.bindybee.com/buttercream-frosting. Of course I had to go with our national colours of green and gold. I must admit this was the first time I’ve done a two toned effect swirl icing and I think it turned our pretty good. I coloured half green and half yellow and put both in the bag with an open star shaped piping tip and then just made some swirls on the top.

Hope you all have a great Australia Day!

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Melting Moments Biscuits

Melting Moments

I decided to make some Melting Moments biscuits today. They are one of my favourites and very easy to make. I think they may be called Yo Yo’s in some parts of the world but whatever you call them they really do melt in your mouth and with a butter cream filling they are devine. They are perfect for a high tea. I made them once for a Baby Shower High Tea. The theme was pink and mint green so I did half with pink filling and half with mint green. Whatever the occasion you can colour the filling to match and they look so cute on a beautiful cake stand or tray.

Here’s how to make them and what you’ll need:

Ingredients:

175g butter, softened

1/4 cup icing sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup plain flour, sifted

1/4 cornflour (cornstarch), sifted

 

Filling

60g butter, softened

1 cup icing sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Method:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees (350F)

Place the butter, icing sugar and vanilla in a bowl and beat until light and fluffy. Stir in the flour and cornflour until combined.

Dough balls

Roll a teaspoon size amount into a ball and place evenly onto a baking tray. With a fork dusted with flour make an imprint into the balls.

Cook for 12 – 14 minutes or until golden. Cool on the tray.

Cooked biscuits

To make the filling, place the butter, icing sugar and vanilla in a bowl and beat until fluffy and creamy. Pipe onto half the biscuits and sandwich with the remaining biscuits. Makes about 16 filled biscuits.

I must give a special mention to my husband for taking these photos with his whiz bang Canon camera. Thanks babe. They look great.

 

 

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Glass Jar Table Centrepiece

Glass Jar Table Centrepiece
It was pretty hectic over the holidays but I made this cute little centrepiece which looked nice on the table ready for entertaining. All you need is some old glass jars cleaned thoroughly, some sand and a few tea lights. You can display them however you like but I put them on a white platter with some sprigs of rosemary.