Sometimes it is just knowing the tricks of the trade that produces the best cakes. I have always been amazed by the skill in posh wedding cakes encased in tall chocolate curls until I discovered recently that you can buy the curls ready made and just have to stick them onto icing! At the same time I discovered these dear pink chocolate curls. To make these little cakes I simply baked muffins (these were cherry and sour cream but any flavour will do). When cooled, remove the cake wrapper and carefully slice off a thin layer at the top of the cupcake so that it will sit flat when you turn it upside down. Cover the inverted cake in vanilla buttercream, then roll in the pink chocolate curls and top with sugar flowers for very pretty spring time cakes! The curls are available at Make a Wish Cake Shop (click here) and come in white and caramel too - needless to say I bought every flavour they had!
Reaching the final of Masterchef 2007 was a rollercoaster of emotion, with huge highs and lows, but I loved every minute and learnt a huge amount. I owe a great deal to John and Gregg who had faith in my ability when I did not believe in myself. Since competing on the programme my life has changed considerably. I now write cookery columns for two magazines, give cookery demonstrations and am just working on my 13th cook book - unlucky number for some but not for me!!! I love all forms of country cooking, using seasonal and locally sourced produce. This blog is to enable me to share with you a few of my recipes and baking ideas. Enjoy Hannah xxxx