As you’ll know if you follow my blog, recently I’ve published a romantic novel (I Love Your Cupcakes).
A big part of the action takes place during a TV cookery game show. Or, to be more precise, a baking contest. Last week I did mention some of the best known contests of this type (and even one of the winners), but my true inspiration came from watching sometimes (mostly when I went to visit my parents) a couple of programs, Cucake Wars and a reality TV program set in a Baltimore bakery, Charm City Cakes (the program is called Ace of Cakes and it is truly amazing).
I leave you links to the programs in case you fancy a peek:
Ace of Cakes:
And this is the link to the shop itself:
And as I don’t want you complaining that I’m only leaving you links, here is one of the recipes I share in the book (there aren’t many because it’s strictly a work of fiction and what the teams create during the contest has all come from my head…so beware!).
(Image from: http://www.cibo360.it/cucina/mondo/crema_catalana.htm)
- 6 egg yolks
- 200g sugar
- 3/4 litre milk
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 piece of lemon peel
- 3 tbsp corn flour
- Beat the egg yolks until light then whisk in 150g of the sugar
- Place the milk in a saucepan together with the cinnamon and lemon peel – bring to the boil and then remove from the heat and strain.
- Whisk the milk with the egg mixture
- Dissolve the corn flour with a little milk and whisk into the mixture
- Place the mixture over a low heat and cook, stirring constantly until it begins to boil
- Put the custard into a pudding bowl or smaller individual bowls and allow to cool before placing in the fridge
- Before serving sprinkle a little sugar on top and caramelize it by placing under a hot grill briefly until the sugar melts and turns brown(or using a kitchen torch or an iron burner).
Just in case you fancy more pictures, here is the link to my Pinterest board on cupcakes, sweets and other nice things:
And I also leave you a video I created (but I must warn you my style creation videos is…well, mine):
Thanks to you all for reading, to the various blogs for lending me their recipes, and if you’ve found it interesting, like, share, comment, and of course, get CLICKING!