HumpDay Help: Why do sweet recipes call for salt?

hump day help

I’m sure you’ve been baking some sweet treat and while looking through the recipe you were baffled by the fact that this sweet recipe was calling for salt as one of the ingredients.

Basically salt enhances all flavours both savoury and sweet. It adds dimension to your sweet baked goods rather than them just being flat andΒ  overly sweet tasting.

If you are baking and you find yourself using salted butter, be sure to halve the amount of salt called for in the recipe of you may end up with over saltiness. The idea is that you should not be tasting the salt, that is unless you’re adding in too much of it.

If you’re still not satisfied and you’re looking for a scientific answer you can find it here.

Happy baking!

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Picture This : It’ all about the Cakes..C C Cakes :)

I’ve recently had a drastic increase in the number of cakes that I’ve been asked to make. I’ve enjoyed every challenge and I definitely see my skills getting more finely tuned with each new cake that I make. Like they say, practice makes perfect. I guess you also say nothing ventured, nothing gained as well πŸ™‚

Here are some of my favourites from the past few months.

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Cupcake cake for my nephew who is the biggest cupcake lover I know

 

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This beautiful photo was taken by Annelise. I love the rustic ombre look

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This is the first cupcake cake that I made

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Definitely at the top of my list. I made this for a Nautical Themed Bachelorette party

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Lace and Pearls

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This was a 3 tiered cake for 200 people! My biggest cake to date.

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One of the many Sofia the First cakes that I made.

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A beach /summer themed cake for my niece Ascharya πŸ™‚ All the sea shells were made of chocolate, yum yum!

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A Shabby Chic wedding cake. I love the combination of the sugar roses and pearls

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Baby Shower Cake

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A Mickey Mouse Clubhouse cake. The base was 17″ big. If you don’t know… that’s giant amount of cake!

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This may be my favourite of all. A Mickey Mouse Cupcake Cake with Fresh Cream Icing on top.

If you would like to see more pictures you can follow me on Instagram – @MadameMacaronSA

 

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Picture This {October}

Here’s a whole lot of pictures of what I’ve been working on the past few weeks.

A frozen themed party

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A Minnie Mouse themed party

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Some cakes and macarons

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Finally, a Sofia the a First party. The setup was done by Polkadots and Jellytots.

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Here are some photos of the setup by Polkadots and Jellytots. The cakes, cakes pops and cupcakes were made by me.

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Humpday Hints: Are Baking Powder and Baking Soda/ Bicarbonate Of Soda The Same?

The short answer to this question is no.

The long answer is this.

While baking powder and baking soda look the same and both basically do the same job of helping our baked goods to rise beautifully, they do this under very different circumstances and conditions.

So, baking soda is pure bicarbonate of soda or sodium bicarbonate. Because it’s a base, it needs moisture and acid to react, so ingredients like buttermilk or yoghurt are used when baking with baking soda. They also balance the flavour of the baking soda. The baking soda reacts with the acidic ingredient and forms bubbles. These are what expand in the heat of the oven and cause your cakes and other baked goods to rise. The reaction between the baking soda and acidic ingredient happens immediately, so if your recipe calls for baking soda, you need to be using the batter straight away or whatever you’re baking is going to flop. ( sad but true)

Baking powder on the other hand does contain sodium bicarbonate but also other things as well. Namely, the acids that it needs to react with, and because the baking soda needs moisture to react, there’s also a drying agent like cornflour mixed in as well. Most baking powders are ” double acting”. This means that there will be a reaction at room temperature first and then while in the oven. The more bubbles created, the fluffier the texture of the cake or whatever it is you may be baking. Important to remember , is also that baking powder has a shelf life of 6 months, so be sure to check the expiry date on the packaging.

So the big question… Can I substitute baking powder for baking soda and vice versa if I’m too lazy to go out and buy it? Well…substituting either will affect the flavour, texture and even colour of your baked goods, but here are some cheats from About.com πŸ™‚

xxx Viveshni

Monday Me : 5/10/2014

So, have you ever had one of those days when it seems like Murphy’s Law is in full effect?

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Well, the end of my week last week was kind of like that. From mixing up the colour scheme of an order and having to redo it, to not being able to find my baking powder at 9pm in the middle of baking a 3 tiered cake and finally, not being able to find ground almonds anywhere with an order of macarons to make. I was not a happy camper. Thankfully, even if it was at the very last minute, and with the help of my amazingly wonderful husband, each issue was sorted out and the weekend made up for the horrendous week.

We partied like old people at our nephew’s 21st on Saturday. There’s nothing like being around a whole bunch of 21 year olds to make you feel your age! It’s a good thing we’re still awesome πŸ˜„

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Sunday was the best, because I got to sleep in past 9am! We had a pretty chilled day with a visit to The Stables Lifestyle market and to my parents, and ended the night off watching Frozen together for the 20th time.

So basically all’s well that ends well πŸ™‚ I have a huge order for over 1000 macarons that I’ll be working on for Thursday, so needless to say I’m going to be super busy. The girls are also on holiday for this week, so I’ll have to think up some fun stuff to keep them occupied.

I’m going to end this with some pictures from the past week of things I baked and I stuff I did.

Have an amazing week ahead and remember to find at least one thing that makes you smile every day.

Mickey and Minnie cake pops.

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IMG_8359.JPG The Minnie Mouse themed cake that went with the cake pops.

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The lovely Ms.Glossary Lauren celebrates her birthday tomorrow but had a pre-birthday tea party on Saturday. These are the macarons and mini cake that I made for her.

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Here are a couple of pictures that she posted to her Instagram account and you can read the post on her party here.

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Cakes, cakes and more cakes

I’ve been super busy these past couple of weeks, which is a good thing, because it means my business is growing. πŸ™‚

There seemed to suddenly be an influx of orders for cakes. Now, my usual cake order is around 1 a week, with the bulk of my orders coming from macaron and cupcake and cake pops sales. ( not that I can’t bake a yummy cake πŸ˜‰ ) This past week I had a total of 4 cakes on order in addition to my regular orders.

They ranged from picture cakes so a super chocolatey chocolate cake.

This one was for a little girl who knew exactly what she wanted. Chocolate sponge with light purple vanilla buttercream and butterflies. Her mother sent me a few photos of her, so I put together a little collage for the picture part of the picture cake.

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These were the matching cupcakes.

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This one is the second picture cake that was ordered, funnily enough also with light purple buttercream.

The chocolate one! This was by far the chocolatiest cake I’ve ever made. It was concentric rings of chocolate buttercream and dark chocolate ganache sandwiched between 2 layers of chocolate sponge. It was then covered in a rich chocolate buttercream and then the dark chocolate ganache again. And finally finished off with thin pieces of tempered chocolate around the outside. Chocolatey indeed!

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This is the last one that I did, and by far the most fun to make. It was a Spongebob Squarepants themed cake. Chocolate sponge with vanilla buttercream and plastic icing and little sea shells in coloured white chocolate. I loved making the Spongebob, Patrick and Gary characters for the top of the cake.

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And of course the cupcakes to match.

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And that’s all πŸ™‚

xxx Viveshni

Pics of the Week : Catch Up! (Part 1)

I have been a bit remiss in my posting on the site, but not without good reason. I’ve been busy busy busy! No person that owns and runs their own business will ever complain about being too busy and I, by no means, am going to be the first πŸ™‚

So needless to say I have a ton of new photos to post and I have definitely had fun flexing my creative muscles.

The Macaron of the Month Club has also launched so if you don’t know what it is, head over to the Macaron of the Month page and there you’ll be able to sign up as well.

These doughnuts were amazing. I made them using my Gran’s recipe. I’ll be posting the recipe soon πŸ™‚

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These are just a few or the pictures. I’ll be posting the ValentinesDay photos, as well as some from a Mad Hatter Themed party tomorrow and the next day so keep an eye out πŸ™‚

You can also have a look at my photos on Instagram @madamemacaronsa or like my page on Facebook – Madame Macaron SA

xxx Viveshni

Pics Of The Week: Princess Sofia, A Kid’s Birthday and Star Wars

This week the orders were all about cake pops and macarons. From girly pink and lilac to StarWars themed cake pops.

20131120-085417.jpg These macarons were done with dark chocolate ganache in pink, purple and lilac for Jasmin and Teyla’s best friend Stephanie’s Sofia the First birthday party. Unfortunately my camera kinda sucks so the colors didn’t capture very well.

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20131120-090133.jpg Star Wars Cake Pops – C-3PO, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker ( love these! ) it’s the first character cake pops I’ve done so I was very happy with myself πŸ™‚

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The next 2 weeks are going to be exciting and busy as I’m planning my twins’ 4th birthday party. I’m doing as much as possible myself so I need to remember to take pics every step of the way.

xxx Viveshni