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    Pretty as a picture


    Lately I have been inspired by pretty, vintage lace, pearls, dusty pink tones, and wanted to make something incorporating these themes.

    I have also been wanting to try a few different caramel recipes (as i am the worlds biggest caramel freak!) and have a go at making and piping royal icing.

    So after rave reviews on the net I decided to try the white chocolate mud cake. I replaced the castor sugar with brown, and added 1/2 can of nestle top'n'fill.
    Then, a caramel ganache, mixed with white chocolate ganache....yummmmm!!

    Caramel Ganache

    1/2 cup cream 

    3/4 cup sugar 

    250 g white, milk or dark chocolate

    1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 

    Boil the cream and set aside [keep it warm].
    Combine sugar and lemon juice in a large saucepan. Whisk well. Melt the sugar over med-high heat. Stir as the sugar melts. It will go from a clear liquid to a light brown. [Should take 7-10 minutes.]
    Add 1/2 hot cream to the caramel; stir to combine. The mixture could bubble and froth up. Careful! Add remaining cream. Let cool 5 minutes. Return to heat, whisking, until smooth.
    Grate or crush the chocolate. Pour the hot caramel sauce over chocolate. DON'T stir. Let sit 2-5 minutes. Begin to stir, from the centre, in one direction, until all the chocolate is melted. [seems fussy but it is necessary..]
    Let cool. Refrigerate or use..


    So I had been working on my roses lately, and although not perfect, I was pretty happy with the result..very time consuming though..

    I actually had some cake offcuts that I decided to make into cake pops...first time for that too!!


    They turned out ok, although I need to work on my decorations I think.

    In the end I was so pleased with the result, and, after borrowing my mother-in-laws lovely teacups, I think the photo totally captured the essence of what I was trying go create.

    Now I just need an excuse to have a tea party!!


    All Photos © Michael Tristram Photography

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