1. Put sugar in a pan over low heat. Increase slightly and without stirring tilt the pan to swirl sugar. Continue for about 12 – 15 mins until sugar has dissolved and turns a golden caramel.
2. Slowly add the water to caramel and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer for about 20 mins and reduce until syrupy. Pour into a heatproof jug and allow to cool.
3. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease and line a 22cm x 10cm loaf pan with baking paper.
Cream butter and brown sugar in an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time until combined. Add flour, milk and 1/4 cup of cooled caramel (if it has set too much and is toffee like just put it in the microwave for a few seconds until it is runny again). Fold until combined.
4. Pour mixture into pan and smooth the top. Bake for 50 – 60 mins or until a skewer comes out clean.
Beat butter until light and fluffy. Add icing sugar gradually. Then drizzle in 2 tablespoons of remaining caramel and beat until creamy. Smooth on top of cooled cake.
6. I then decorated with some left over caramel. Using a fork I dipped it in some if the caramel and flicked it over the cake.
When I was making some cupcakes this weekend I just had to make something for Easter.
I used a buttercake mix and one quantity of buttercream frosting http://www.bindy.com/buttercream-frosting/ I coloured the frosting green and using a grass piping tip piped some grass. I found some cute little Cadbury mini eggs and put them on top. So easy but look very cute.
Hope you all have a great Easter. I can’t wait this year. Our daughter’s hip spica cast is coming off on Thursday after six weeks. Will be great to see her little legs again and give her a cuddle without a big cast on.
I love making cupcakes. I make them all the time and my daughter loves making them with me too. Usually we just put some frosting on them and she showers them with sprinkles but today I was able to practice some piping and made these little English Rose ones.
This technique is really simple but looks very effective. Using an open star piping tip just put a little swirl on top and it looks like a rose.