For someone living at the sea side (and spoiled for choice between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean), beach themed parties are kind of… well, normal. But you add a Hawaiian twist to them and BAM! Success, right?
So maybe I didn’t get to attend a Hawaiian party myself but I did participate in its organising one by making adorable luau cookies and cupcakes on order. I chose lemon flavour for the cookies, and Pina Colada (read pineapple and coconut) cupcakes. They turned out fingerlicking good but also really pretty.
I used the Biscuiteer’s vanilla biscuits recipe but added 2 lemon zests. I now swear by it! Best one for icing cookies (other recipes I’ve tried soak up too much water from the icing and become soft). They didn’t go soft or break without me having to add too much flour or baking them longer. I mixed and matched for the cupcakes – this base with the pineapple filling, and this buttercream. However, Jemma has recently posted her recipe for Pina Colada cupcakes, and it involves Malibu rum, so you might want to use her recipe too. You might be tired after baking so I strongly recommend to sit with a cocktail in hand and enjoy.
For a second year in a row, a few local businesses organised a 4th of July party in Gibraltar. And for a second year in a row, Cupcakes & Unicorns had a small dessert stall. Picture plenty of oreos, marshmallows, brownies, NYC style cheesecake. Luckily, this year I was able to spend less time on decorations (since I managed to recycle some from last year, plus the awesome Whitney and Alan just came back from a US trip and brought some fantastic goodies, including my little top hat) and more time on baking. This is what it looked like:
I loved my tiny top hat!
We had following desserts for sale:
– Sugar cookies with a royal icing flad drawn on each
– Lush fudgy chocolate brownie (which also came in a) gluten-free and b) egg- and dairy-free version)
– Vanilla and oreo cake pops
– Red and blue whoopie pies
– NYC style oreo cheesecake (oreo base, as well as crushed oreos in the actual cheesecake)
– Boozy cupcakes (Guinness chocolate cake with Kahlua mascarpone frosting)
– Funky marshmallow skewers
Here are a few more pictures from the stall:
Cake pops, cheesecake and whoopie pies
Cookies and cake pops
Brownies and cupcakes
One brownie slice, please!
Unfortunately, it turned out the Miss Gibraltar 2015 beauty pageant appealed more to the local audience so not a lot of people came to the event. It was still good fun though, and the local Nazareth House received a donation of brownies, cookies and whoopie pies to give out to the less fortunate amongst ones. Also, mine and G’s colleagues and friends did not mind devouring any left overs.
Here’s to you, America. Hope you all there across the pond had a lovely 4th of July weekend.
Recently I was killing time at a train station in London when I saw a stand with Millie’s cookies. I am not the biggest cookie fan (you have probably guessed that I am more of a cupcake girl!) but I strolled over to check out what they had on offer.
Of course, my attention was grabbed by the cookie cupcakes and I bought one for the journey to the airport. Little did I know that they won’t be cookie flavoured cupcakes but would actually be made entirely of cookie dough! It was a revelation – soft, chewy, with a rich lovely chocolate buttercream on top and in the shape of a cupcake!
And finally I have decided to attempt the cookie cupcakes this weekend for the little cake picnic I am throwing this Sunday. I am, of course, using one of Martha Stewart’s recipes. Wish me luck – I will share the results afterwards (and even pictures if they come out looking presentable).