Over the past week or so we've been experimenting with new recipes and practising some old ones. One of the first to try was a Banana Loaf cake. We had some very very ripe bananas left over so I decided it would be a nice way to use them up, whilst trying out a different recipe. I used a Hummingbird Bakery recipe and have to admit that the results were fantastic. It was wonderfully moist and didn't have too strong a banana flavour as it included ground ginger and cinnamon.
During the weekend I also baked some cupcakes for Dave's brother's 21st birthday. We decided to make a vanilla cupcake base with caramel buttercream for the finish. Cupcakes are a fantastic way to show someone you care and they're very straight forward to bake too, along with the topping of course. Again I used a Hummingbird Bakery recipe - and it's such a cute cookery book so a great excuse to leave it on the book stand! One thing I would mention is that the caramel buttercream sets very hard and begins to crumble off if too much pressure is applied to it. But otherwise, it'd definitely suggest it.
Baking is such a peaceful way to spend time and provides great rewards at the end too! Have you been doing any baking?
Love and lacery,