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Butterfly Cakes

Last weekend I decided to bake butterfly cakes – another first for me ๐Ÿ™‚ I followed Mary Berry’s recipe on page 51 of her book 100 Cakes and Bakes. I love this book – it’s full of great recipes and I come back to it time and time again. I thought it would be nice to bake these butterfly cakes in pretty baking cases, so five minutes before my hubby went to the shops, I asked him to look for some. But when he returned, he said he’d forgotten to look! Typical eh! So I made do with the plain baking cases in my cupboard. To make the cakes look visually more exciting (and because my husband is a chocolate fiend) I decided to bake half the batch with plain butter cream icing and the rest with chocolate icing. I think they turned out well – I just wish I hadn’t taken 235 photos, as it made selecting photos for this blog post a little tedious ๐Ÿ˜‰

Making the Cakes

Step 1: Gather the ingredients

First of all, I gathered all the ingredients to make the cakes. Here’s what I used:

  • 100 g unsalted butter (softened)
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 100 g self-raising flour
  • 1 level tsp baking powder

I still haven’t bought matching bowls for my ingredients yet!:

Cake Ingredients
Butterfly Cake Ingredients
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Raspberry, White Chocolate & Pistachio Profiteroles

Last weekend I decided to make profiteroles for the very first time. I have never attempted choux pastry before, so I was excited to give it a go! I found a really lovely looking recipe for raspberry, white chocolate and pistachio profiteroles on the BBC Good Food website, so decided to use this. There were many comments about the recipe saying it included too many eggs, that the mixture was too runny and that the profiteroles turned out to be more like pancakes than profiteroles. In my naivety, I decided to just give it a go, thinking mine would be ok… well, I was wrong! Once I added the three large eggs specified in the recipe, the mixture was destroyed; it became a runny liquid which was impossible to pipe:

Runny Profiteroles
This is the result of  making choux pastry using the recipe above!
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White Castle Vineyard Visit

What better day to visit my first Welsh vineyard than on St David’s Day, 1 March! With husband in tow, we pulled up at White Castle Vineyard in Llanvetherine, Abergavenny. It was no surprise to me that when we arrived, it started to rain. Thankfully, we had missed the worst of Storm Jorge, so we sat in the car and waited it out. As I was putting on my waterproof trousers and Will was puting on his boots, Nicola Merchant, one of the owners, came along to open up the shop and to greet us. Robb Merchant came out to say hello too, but due to recent knee surgery, unfortunately he couldn’t join us on our tour. “Dydd Gลตyl Dewi Hapus!”, “Happy St David’s Day!” I said cheerily, as I met them both. It effectively turned into a private tour, as clearly nobody else is as bonkers as my husband and I and likes to venture out when the weather is bad…

Robb and Nicola Marchant
Robb and Nicola Merchant
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