Lemon & Poppy Seed Cake

Pop Roc Parties Lemon and Poppy Seed CakeIt’s no secret I LOVE baking, especially when I have guests coming it’s always a great way to try out something new!

Years ago I use to make lemon and poppy-seed muffins sprinkled with sugar and saturated with lemon juice, sadly I stopped making them as I was the only one who would eat them

Pop Roc Parties Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake Flatlay

So when I was planning my PARTY FLATLAYS for April, the theme was CAKE.

I really wanted something quite contrasted that would be easy to whip up (I’m no cake decorator!!)

I thought I would try lemon with contrasting poppy seeds and then a pink icing to contrast the yellow of the cake

Pop Roc Parties Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake with HandHere is my take on a Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake:

LEMON & POPPY SEED LAYER CAKE with PLUM CREAM CHEESE ICING RECIPE

This recipe makes a three-layered 20cm cake, you can half the recipe if you like

INGREDIENTS

2/3 Cup poppy seeds or two boxes of poppy seeds

1 1/2 Cups milk

4 Cups plain flour

2 Teaspoons of baking powder

400 Grams softened, diced butter

Finely grated zest from one large lemon

1 Cup of castor sugar

6 Free-range eggs

½ Cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

SYRUP

½ Cup castor sugar

3/4 Cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Shredded zest from one large lemon

METHOD:

Pre-heat oven to 160C 

Grease and line three 20cm round cake tins

Mix milk and poppy seeds in a small bowl; set aside.

Place butter, sugar and rind in bowl of electric mixer and mix until combined.

Scrape down sides of bowl, then beat in eggs one at a time.

Add flour, lemon juice, and milk poppy-seed mixture and stir until just combined.

Scrape into the pan and bake for around 40-50 minutes

[if cake browns too quickly cover loosely with foil].

When cake is ready leave in tin.

Meanwhile, make syrup: place all ingredients into small saucepan and stir over low heat until sugar dissolves.

Increase heat and boil for five minutes or until thick.

Using a skewer make a few holes in cake then pour over the syrup.

BLACK DORIS PLUM CREAM CHEESE

Can of black Doris plums

250 Grams cream cheese (not lite)

150 Grams soft butter

320 Grams icing sugar

1 Teaspoon of vanilla extract

Separate about 5 plums from the juice and remove the stones

Whip the cream cheese and butter together in a stand mixer until smooth

Gradually add the icing sugar, then plums and vanilla extract once the icing is creamy and thick, add a spoonful of plum juice until you reach the desired pink tone

Once the cakes have cooled assemble, ice with the plum cream cheese icing and drizzle with extra plum juice.

x Enjoy

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Thanksgiving Pumpkin Scones

Pumpkin Scone With FlowersAlthough we dont officially celebrate Thanksgiving in New Zealand, I think the concept is wonderful and I would love to adapt it to my family traditions

When I think of Thanksgiving I think of rustic earthly styling, kraft, gold, falling leaves and pumpkins

Here are a few products which would be perfect for celebrating Thanksgiving

Gold Scallop Cups

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I thought I would share a delicious sweet PUMPKIN SCONE recipe

230 grams of pumpkin

25 grams of butter (soften)

1/4 cup white sugar

1 egg beaten

2 1/2 cups plain flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg

1/4 – 1/2 cup milk

Cover pumpkin with water in a pot and cook until soft

Once cooked drain away water and mash the pumpkin, add sugar and butter and mix together.  Set aside to cool.

Gently mix in the beaten egg, sifted flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and milk into the pumpkin mixture

Form into scone pieces on a baking tray or place into a lined 8 inch/20cm cake tin

Sprinkle with raw sugar

Bake 230 degrees for 15 minutes

Serve warm with lashings of butter!

Pumpkin Scone Slice

 Enjoy!

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National Sugar Cookie Day

July Magical Calendar Sugar Cookie DayIf you know me, you know I love any chance to celebrate so when Hana from Moomookachoo asked if I would love to collaborate with her on her July Magical Days Calendar I jumped at the chance to blog about national cookie day.

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Recently I watched ‘The Alison Show’ cookie party, if you dont know about Alison she is rather amazing.  She throws super cool parties, has ‘how to be awesome’ you tube videos and is pretty damn fabulous at making cookies.  So when Alison released the cookie party I knew I had to buy it, turns out it inspired this blog post

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When planning a party I usually add sugar cookies to the menu as it always pulls the theme together nicely and the kids love them, they also make gorgeous gifts or favors

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We sell a range of cookie cutters, baking and packaging supplies and will have cookie cutters to hire soon!

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I found this sugar cookie recipe by In Katrina’s Kitchen via Little Housewife and have it as my go to recipe (note 1 cup of butter is 227 grams)

No chilling required, winning!

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I have a mad collection of cookie cutters and picked a few of my fave shapes to work with.  I mostly did donuts because I knew they would be super easy!  I will admit I’m not awesome at decorating as I’m always in a hurry but sprinkles detract from the not so perfect royal icing (TOP TIP! haha)

Sugar Cookies Flatlay

So if your super busy/lazy like me I highly recommend getting someone like Vanessa from Vans Cakes to make your special cookies

Vanessa has made me cloud, fox and ice cream cookies for my parties

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Happy national cookie day xx

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