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Valentine’s Blogger Competition Winners!

Hello everyone!

You may remember a while ago here we asked for some willing bloggers to put themselves forwards for a Valentine’s Baking Competition, where they are sent some ingredients to make something they would like to receive for Valentine’s Day.

Well the entries are in and they are fantastic! The bar has been set really high and I think has left a lot of mouths watering this Valentine’s Day.

StudentCooking.Tv’s Pamella made some Biscuits and Cake of Love

A Little Bit of Heaven on a Plate made a Cry Me a Chocolate River Cake

Susan K Mann made a Valentine’s Gingerbread House

The Little Loaf made Toasted Hazelnut Cheesecake Brownies

White Lily Green made some Valentine’s Chocolate Dipped Turkish Delight

Rag Doll Cupcakes made a Flower Cake Pop Bouquet

Kerry Cooks made a Half and Half Cake

Tasty Gorgeous made Triple Chocolate Fudge Cookies

The Ana Mum Diary made a Chocolate Victoria Sponge

Homemade by Fleur made Mini Valentine’s Cupcakes

Cambridge Cake ‘n’ Bake Club made a Valentine’s Cheesecake

Rebecca Bakes Cakes made a Hunk A Chunk of Choccy Love

The Nutty Cook made a Valentine’s Day Trio of Desserts

Dad’s Cooking Tonight made a Vanilla, Lemon and Chocolate Cake

The Mummy Blogger made Rose Water and Blueberry Cupcakes

Chez Mazimka made some Crown Cookies

A Mum Who Loves to Bake made some Vanilla Cookies

Fold in the Flour made some Valentines Red Velvet Cupcakes

Valentine's Competition

And what you’ve all been waiting for……

The Winner is Rag Doll Cupcakes! Her fantastic Flower Cake Pop Bouquet blew us away, it’s something we would definitely want to receive for Valentine’s Day. Well done!cake pop bouquet

You have won a 30pc set of plunger cutters, a set of heart silicone cupcake cases and a range of Nielsen Massey Extracts!

plunger cutterscupcake casesNielsen Massey

The 1st Runner Up is Homemade By Fleur and her Mini Cupcakes for Valentine’s Day! Her Hazelnut and Chocolate, Strawberry and White Chocolate, Green Tea and Peanut Butter mini cupcakes looked so sweet and extremely tasty to eat!

mini cupcakes

The 2nd Runner Up is the Cambridge Cake ‘n’ Bake Club with their Valentine’s Cheesecake. A huge group effort went into making this cheesecake and it really shows, well done guys!

cheesecake

The 3rd Runner Up is The Little Loaf and her Toasted Hazelnut Cheesecake Brownies. A complete luxury, who wouldn’t want one of these on Valentine’s Day?! 

brownies

Well done to the runners up you have won a set of 24 white Tulip Muffin Cases

tulip cases

Well done everyone! And thank you so much to everyone who took part, you are all Baking Mad stars.

Nancy’s Red Velvet Cupcakes

Hello! It’s me again, Nancy, part of the Baking Mad Team trying out recipes and blogging about my experiences every month :)

At the moment we are running a Valentine’s Baking competition with fifteen bloggers who are entering their Valentine’s creations in attempt to win some fantastic prizes.

All the talk about Valentine’s and cakes and baking got me thinking maybe I should have a go myself..I also decided to take a risk and try a recipe that looks a little bit harder than ones I have done in the past. I decided to have a go at Eric Lanlard’s Red Velvet Cupcakes, and here’s how it went!

Red Velvet Cupcake Ingredients

Eric's Red Velvet Cupcakes
75 grams pure cocoa powder
1.50 tsp Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Extract Blend
125 grams Butter unsalted, softened
250 grams Billington’s Golden Caster Sugar
4  Happy Eggs Yolks
240 ml Buttermilk
1 tsp Salt
325 grams Allinson Nature Friendly Plain White Flour sifted
1 tsp Bicarbonate Of Soda
1 tsp White Wine Vinegar

Additional Ingredients
240ml milk
3 tbsp Allinson Nature Friendly Plain White Flour
1 pinch Salt
225 grams of white chocolate, broken into pieces
200 grams Butter unsalted, softened
300 grams Silver Spoon Homegrown Icing Sugar

How to make Red Velvet Cupcakes

First, preheat the oven to 180.C and line two 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake papers. (Note this makes 24 cupcakes, not your usual 12!)

Sift the cocoa and mix with the vanilla in a small bowl and set aside. Then beat the butter and sugar together in a large bowl. After spraying golden gaster sugar across the kitchen I realised my butter was not soft enough to be using with a hand mixer. Also, my hand mixer on low speed is far too fast! I think I need a new one…

Once the butter and sugar mixture is pale, light and fluffy, add the egg yolks, one at a time, and beat until everything is combined. I almost put the egg whites in as well but caught myself at the last minute, phew! Then  add the cocoa mixture and beat well for another minute to combine.

You will end up with a chocolatey, sticky, gooey mess, like this.

Chocolate mess

Stir the buttermilk and salt together and add it to the butter and sugar mixture, a third at a time, alternating with the flour. The mixture starts to get really thick and gooey at this point, my poor hand mixer almost couldn’t take it.

Mix the bicarbonate of soda with the vinegar and blend into the batter. The reaction of these two ingredients is what gives the cake its rich colour. Eric does this instead of adding the usual red food colouring.

bicarbonate of soda and vinegar

With your mixer on high, beat everything together on a high speed for about 5 minutes, until you have a smooth, glossy batter.mixture

Fill each cupcake case to three-quarters full. Bake for 18–20 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the cupcake centre comes out clean.

Cool in the tins on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove the cakes and cool completely before frosting.

 

 

 

The Frosting

I decided to do white chocolate icing for my cupcakes, however in Eric’s recipe it gives you the option of doing either white choc or

milk choc.

First, melt the white chocolate and set aside to cool.

Then in a small saucepan whisk the milk, flour and salt over a medium heat until the mixture thickens and begins to bubble, about 1–2 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and allow to cool.

Then beat the butter and icing sugar  together until fluffy. Add to the cooled chocolate followed by the milk mixture. Beat together until smooth, then spoon into a piping bag with a small plain or star tube and pipe immediately on to the cupcakes. I didn’t have any piping bags, and I don’t really have the patience for piping so instead I just spooned some of the mixture on to the cakes and sprinkles them with Silver Spoon Create Pink and Blue Shimmer Balls.

And there we have it, my Red Velvet Cupcakes all ready to be eaten. Now I just need to find a Valentine to give them to….

my cupcakes