Mrs C’s Cupcakes 

For weeks now I gave been hearing and reading about Mrs C’s Cupcakes. I read a few articles that have said that Jackie O from Kiss FM reckons that Mrs C’s Cupcakes are the best, I decided that I would go visit the shop and make up my own mind.

I have driven passed this cupcake shop a few times when I had to drive my husband to work, but I never thought of going to try their cupcakes because I prefer baking my own cupcakes. This afternoon I decided that I would drop by the shop and buy a few to try.

When I arrived at Mrs C’s Cupcakes, I was immediately drawn and amused by the quote of the chalk board. 

  
I headed into the shop and was warmly greeted by a lovely man at the counter. I noticed on the menu board that the sold a lovely variety of cupcakes. 

  
I asked the man working there which cupcake was his favourite and he said his favourite was the Lemon Meringue, because I am not a fan of lemon flavoured cupcakes I opted to buy the Cookies and Cream and the Chocolate Rocher. It was quite hard narrowing down to choosing only two cupcakes, because they all looked delicious. 

  
I decided to take the cupcakes home and eat them for dessert. 

After dinner I immediately tried the cupcakes. 

 
Both cupcakes were so incredibly moist and they both didn’t have any dry bits like other store bought cupcakes that I had bought. The cupcakes and the icing were not too sweet. I personally preferred the Cookies and Cream cupcake because the icing was so light.

I was so happy that the cupcakes were nice, because I was so sick of eating bad cupcakes. 

I will definitely be coming back to try their other cupcakes soon! 

Mrs C’s Cupcakes are located at: 

367 High Street Penrith

Golden Gaytime ice cream in a tub

Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s I used to love eating Golden Gaytime ice cream, it was so much fun to bite off the biscuit crumbed chocolate coating  and then slowly eat the creamy toffee flavoured ice cream. Golden Gaytime and Bubble O’Bill were my two favourite ice creams in those days. These days I will confess that I do not eat these two ice creams that much because I have developed more adult tastes for gelato. 

Yesterday I read a post on Facebook announcing that Streets will be releasing a tub version of the Golden Gaytime ice cream, I was naturally immediately excited and vowed to head down to the supermarket as soon as my husband brings the car home. 

The first supermarket I went to was Woolworths and they did not have any in stock, I then went to IGA and noticed that they did stock the chocolate version. I was not too keen on buying the chocolate version, but I did anyway. 

The chocolate version of the Golden Gaytime ice cream in a tub was very disappointing, the chocolate ice cream looked pale in comparison to the photo and the ice cream itself tasted quite bland. The addition of biscuit crumbs to the ice cream did nothing for it.  

 

The next day I was determined to find the original version of the Golden Gaytime ice cream in a tub, so I drove to the nearest Coles Supermarket. When I got to the supermarket fridge, there was only two tubs left, I was so over joyed that I managed to get one of the last tubs. When I got home tried some and I did not feel too excited about it. The biggest let down for me was that just like the chocolate version, the biscuit crumbs were imbedded into the ice cream. I think that it would be been better if the biscuit crumbs were on the top and middle of the ice cream kind of like a crust, with the addition of a thin layer of chocolate like the one on the stick version.

 
 
I’ll be quite honest and say that I will not be going to buy another tub of the ice cream in the near future, if I feel like eating a Golden Gaytime, I might just buy the stick version. 

I feel so disappointed! What do you lovelies think?

Golden Gaytime in a tub is currently available at Coles and IGA.  

Anzac Biscuit Inspired Muesli

I have been looking for the perfect muesli for a very long time and so far I have not found the one. I did find one nice brand of muesli, but the price was just expensive. I decided that I would try to make my own.

I find it is so hard to find a brand of muesli or cereal that I like, this is mainly because I am so fussy and I dislike dried fruit in my muesli or cereal. Most cereal brands that I have tried are too sweet or taste like cardnoard and I have tried nearly every brand in the supermarket. The other problem I find with most muesli or cereal is the price, I cannot justify paying $10 for cereal or muesli.

Last week I decided to Google a recipe for muesli and I stumbled upon this super easy recipe for Anzac biscuit inspired muesli. I will admit that the recipe caught my eye because it was called “Anzac biscuit inspired” and I love Anzac biscuits.

The muesli was so easy to make, that I wondered why I never thought of this idea ages ago. The muesli only required a few easy steps and a few simple ingredients and the result is a lovely batch of delicious muesli. The smell of the freshly baked muesli was so intoxicating,

When the muesli was ready, I had a taste and I was totally amazed at how great the muesli tasted. The muesli actually tasted like an Anzac biscuit, but it seemed like I was eating something healthy. I discovered that the muesli tastes best with yoghurt or with nothing on it.

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I am so happy that I have finally found a muesli that I like, breakfast will never be the same again!

The recipe for the Anzac biscuit inspired muesli can be found on this website:

http://splendidspills.blogspot.com.au/2011/01/anzac-biscuit-inspired-muesli.html

Koko Black Sydney

For many years now, I have been a huge fan of Koko Black and every time I visit one of their stores I always ask when are they going to open up a store in Sydney. Luckily for me, two stores opened up in Sydney a few months ago.

Considering I have been waiting a long time for Koko Black to open up a store in Sydney, you would think they I would one of the first people to visit these stores, but strangely I only managed to make a visit last week. (I blame the fact that I have a baby lol).

Koko Black has opened up two stores, one is located inside the QVB and the other in the Strand Arcade. I have not been to the QVB store, but I did manage to find time during my lunch break to visit the Strand Arcade store. The Strand Arcade store is located where Bon Bon Chocolate used to be.

The Strand Arcade store has two glorious levels, the top level is where they sell their chocolate and downstairs is the café. The café downstairs is not as big as the Melbourne or Canberra stores, but it still has the same sort of menu.

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When I walked down the stairs to the café, the room smelt like hot chocolate. The service is quite efficient and friendly. Luckily when I went it was not busy.

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I chose a seat and looked at the menu, there was so much to choose from. I was feeling quite full after devouring a burger and chips from Mary’s, so I ended up only ordering a piece of Chocolate Alchemy Gâteau cake. The Chocolate Alchemy Gâteau cake is described as “our signature chocolate cake layered with Madagascan chocolate creme, dark chocolate mousse and a chewy chocolate caramel”.

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The Chocolate Alchemy Gâteau cake was absolutely divine, it tasted quite chocolatey and rich. I did not end up eating the whole cake which certainly unusual for me. I was especially quite fond of the chocolate soil that was scattered on the plate.

Unfortunately I only had time to have a quick look at the chocolate upstairs and I bought 50 grams of the marshmallow Madagascan vanilla bean chocolate from the inclusions range.

Hopefully one day I will have time to also visit the QVB store, my sister in law said the QVB store is a lot smaller.

I cannot decide if having Koko Black in Sydney is a good or bad thing, my waist line suggest it could be a bad thing lol.

Koko Black’s website: 

http://www.kokoblack.com/

QVB store:

Shop 3, Ground Floor, Queen Victoria Building

445 George Street Sydney NSW 2000

Strand Arcade store:

Cnr of Pitt Street Mall and Strand Arcade, Sydney NSW

Strand Arcade, 412 – 414 George Street Sydney NSW 2000)

Chocolate Chip and Oat Slice

I have found a new recipe to obsess over, I am obsessed with baking chocolate chip and oat slice and it is semi healthy right?

The other day whilst shopping at Coles, I noticed that these chocolate chip and oat slice bars were half price, so I bought a packet. Over the next few days I could not stop eating them and consequently I ran out of supplies, at this moment I decided that I would find a recipe and make them myself.

I ended up finding a easy recipe and I made them straight away. The chocolate chip and oat slice ended tasting so good and slightly healthy and I ended up baking them for quite a few days afterwards. I was addicted!

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I ended up changing the recipe a few times, I ended up adding more chocolate chips and I also used shredded coconut rather than desiccated coconut.

The recipe actually suggests you add dried sultanas, but I skipped this ingredient because I do not liked dried fruit.

The chocolate chip and oat slice can be found on this website:

http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/2706/choc+chip+and+oat+slice

Revealed: My Baby’s 1st Birthday Cake

Sorry I have not be around here much, I have been so busy planning my Baby’s first birthday.

I am not sure if you remember, but I was finding it so hard in deciding what sort of birthday cake to make for my Baby’s first birthday. I finally decided upon a Batman themed chocolate and nutella piñata cake. I ended up sourcing ideas from the internet and used two websites to help me make the cake.

I will admit that I was slightly scared of making this cake, I had never used fondant before and silly me only decided to work with it on the day I was planning to make the cake. Luckily my husband volunteered to help cut out the shapes, because I knew that I would be very good at doing this.

The cake part was pretty straight forward, I used the Triple Chocolate Layer cake from Sally’s Baking addiction and then added a piñata twist to the cake.

The fondant part of the cake was really frustrating to make and at times I thought I would never get it done, thankfully I did. I also found trying to place icing on the cake perfectly to be an impossible mission.

Here is my cake…

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In typical clumsy me style. I had a cake accident before we got to the venue, the cake tipped off the cake stand and some icing landed on my dress! I almost died… lucky the damage was not major.

The piñata part of the cake worked out really well when it was cut. I wish I had brought my own sharper knife, because the restaurant’s knife was not sharp and it made it hard to cut the cake,

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Sorry about the photography.. I blame my brother

I also got told by everyone that the cake tasted really good and this made me feel so happy, there is nothing worse than a cake that looks good but tastes dry.

So there you go, I successfully made a birthday cake!  (big sigh of relief)

The instructions on how to make the Batman cake decorations can be found on this website:

http://domesticfits.com/2012/10/31/super-simple-batman-cake-with-free-printable-templates/

Easy Chocolate Glazed Cronut™ Recipe

I may have gotten a tad overly excited with my discovery of the cronut™ recipe, that I decided to see if I could make variations to the recipe. I decided to keep it simple by adding chocolate glaze on top of the cronut™.

The idea of adding a chocolate glaze onto the cronut™ was derived from the Brewnuts that I have eaten from Brewtown Newtown and it was so easy to do.

To make the chocolate glaze for the cronut™, all you have to do is dip the cooled cronut™ into melted chocolate. The melted chocolate is made by putting chocolate melts into a bowl and melting the chocolate for 1 minute and 10 seconds on 50% power.

Voila! chocolate glazed cronut™ goodness

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The chocolate glazed cronut™ tasted so good, the combination was perfect! The addition of the sprinkles made the cronut™ look pretty.

My friend suggested that I try adding cream or chocolate inside the cronut™, this might be my next experiment.

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