Secret Cake Club + Hamburger Cupcakes

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After missing a bunch of meets due to other commitments, I finally got to go to the November Secret Cake Club. The last SCC for the year was located at Table Culture in Subiaco, a really nifty little homewares store.

The theme was party food, which was surprisingly daunting. There were so many potential choices! I tossed up the idea of a fairy bread cake for awhile (which thankfully I didn’t do as someone else did). My friend Ness threw up the idea of hamburger cupcakes, which I eventually went with. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for awhile so why not!

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Here they are as ‘cheeseburgers’ – before I added the lettuce and ketchup. To make the ‘buns’ I baked plain vanilla cupcakes. I then made a large flat chocolate cake for the ‘patties’, and cut out the circles using a cookie cutter. I’d intended to do brownies but forgot to buy chocolate at the shops. D’oh. The ‘cheese’ and ‘ketchup’ are made of fondant, and the ‘lettuce’ is a soft buttercream.

To make the sesame seeds stick to the cake ‘bun’, I used a pastry brush to lightly brush some water on the tops before throwing the seeds on the top.

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(This picture was taken by Life of Pia).

Cake club provided the goods! There was so much food and so delicious. And lots of savoury! Ness made cupcakes topped with honey joy and chocolate crackle, and my other friend Emma made super delicious sausage rolls.

My favourite treats were caramel popcorn mini eclairs topped with cola macarons, made by a girl named Amie!

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So amazing!

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Ness’ contribution 🙂

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Above picture taken by Pia again.

Overall I’m really pleased with the hamburger cakes; they were a massive hit too! Looking forward to lots of cake club meets in 2015!

Christmas Dessert Trio

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Since the boss is going away in December, this year our work Christmas function was a bit earlier than usual. Everyone was asked to bring a plate so I volunteered to bring desserts, because they’re obviously my strong point when it comes to food.

I got a bit carried away with the baking and made three bitesize desserts. They’re all dairy-free to accommodate for allergies. I’m pretty pleased with how they all turned out!

The first were mini choc mint cupcakes.  These were vegan.

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They’re meant to look like little trees!

The second dessert were gingerbread cookies. I used a traditional recipe and swapped the butter out with margarine.

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The last were chocolate rum balls shaped like Christmas puddings. These were a bit finicky but overall pleased with how they looked. To make them, I baked a dairy-free chocolate cake and let it cool overnight, then mixed in vegan frosting and a splash (or two) of rum until a soft dough-like consistency.

I then rolled them in melted dark chocolate and let them set before topping with an icing made from egg whites and icing (confectioner’s) sugar, and a chopped piece glacé cherry.

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Actual Christmas is still a little bit away but I still can’t believe the year is nearly over! Crazy!