Sunday, 15 January 2012

A Weekend of Firsts

This weekend, I met macarons and giant cupcakes for the first time.  Both of which I've wanted to make for a while! Macarons because they look gorgeous and chic and giant cupcakes because they simply look fun and enticing.

After watching Lorrine Pascale’s macaron segment recently, I attempted them myself.  Takes a lot of faffing around separating egg whites from the yolks (which I have to admit, I find therapeutic once I get into it) and a careful bake, so I was really impressed with the outcome! Crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside - Yummy.  I’ve never tried macarons before, but I’m sure that this is how they’re meant to turn out, from various bits of homework I’ve done.  The crispy layer is achieved by letting the mixture stand on the baking tray for 30 minutes before you bake them.  I have to say that I’ve never tasted anything like it.  They’re definitely for people with serious sweet teeth and who can appreciate Parisian chic treats.   I can’t wait to bake these again!

Giant cupcakes have the wow factor and look so pretty.  I learned today that you’ve got to be so careful when baking them as the base and top allows for different cooking times.  This is why I bought the silicone mould as they are separate pieces, unlike the metal moulds.  It took about 1 hour and 30 minutes to bake and required a bit of trimming to get it level enough to sit on top of each other.  Me and Joe ate the off cuts – yum!  I really enjoyed icing it as I wanted to use specific icing techniques, but could be quite random with it.  I’d definitely make them again to experiment with different cake recipes.


  1. They look gorgeous. You have inspired me to have a go.

  2. Wow they both came out so lovely! And pink...perfect for Valentines day

  3. Thank you! They would absolutely be perfect for Valentines Day :-) with a lot more glam (butterflies, hearts etc) I have a lot of equipment to decorate my cakes now, just trying to get the 'knack' with it all!

  4. Thanks for the follow Miss Cakeaholic!

    It's funny, I baked the very same thing last weekend for my mother in law's 74th birthday - my macaroons were bright yellow though with lemon and cream inside! I'm going to blog about them this weekend along with the black cherry cupcakes that I made :0) I'd love to give the giant cupcake a go - yours is so pretty and iced beautifully! Louise xx

  5. Hiya Louise,

    Thanks for the comment and compliments. Macarons are so bright and lovely. So enticing. How did yours go? I found them quite difficult, but I can see how they can get easier with practice. Lemon sounds lush, very summery. I want to try chocolate and hazelnut.

    I'd recommend trying the giant cupcake, I bought a simple silicone mould (that have separate parts) as I read online that the bottom and the top take different cooking times, so the all in one metal mould didn't appeal to me!