Those of you who know me will know I love music. I am in no way a ‘Muso’ – I can’t recall the name of every song on such-and-such’s third album with the alternate titles on the re-release three years later. (Although I know someone who can…. :) )
But I DO love music.
I suppose I’m a goth. Mightn’t look quite as gothy as when I was in my twenties, but my music choices are still dominated by the sultry, velvety-voiced, cobweb clad bands of the ‘Trad Goth’ era – Sisters of Mercy, Bauhaus, Fields of the Nephilim and others.
So, imagine my uber-joy (but still maintaining a little goth chic) when D’s friend asked me to make some cakes for his ‘Record Store Day’!!! YEEESSSSSS!
Here’s a link:
Hot Rats Record Store Day
The ultimate cupcake challenge, especially as I’ve never made a batch of more than 12. ”40??!! No problem!”
In discussion, we decided on ‘Punk Cakes’ (that turned into the Psychadelic Cakes!), Goth Cakes, Electro Cakes, Hippie Cakes and Vinyl Record Cakes.
Not all worked brilliantly, but some were great. And Hot Rats seemed to be doing very well indeed, selling rare vinyl, at 8.30a.m! Hardened collectors….
The next four posts will be recipes for the cakes.
Psychadelic Cakes (Makes 8 good-sized cakes)
110g self-raising flour (or plain/all-purpose with 1 tsp baking powder)
110g unsalted butter
110g caster sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons natural yoghurt/buttermilk
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1 egg white
250 g icing sugar
tsp lemon juice
3 food colourings (pastes, bright)
* Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with deep muffin liners.
* Cream together the sugar and butter until pale, white and fluffy. (I prefer an electric hand whisk for this job)
* Beat your eggs. Add them to the mixture gradually, adding 1 tbsp of flour if it curdles.
* Sift the flour.
* Add to the mix, folding it in. Do not over beat.
* Add the lemon juice/yoghurt or lemon juice/buttermilk. Gradually mix in.
* Swirl a bright splash of food colouring through the batter. Do not incorporate completely – you want a marbled effect.
* Divide the batter between the cases and bake for 18 – 20 minutes. Leave for 2 minutes to cool in the tin, then remove onto a cooling rack.
* In a clean, grease free bowl, beat the egg white until foamy and fluffy.
* Beat in the icing sugar until the icing becomes stiff and crisp white. Add the lemon juice.
* Divide the icing into three small bowls (I use cleaned and sterilised yoghurt pots) and mix in bright icing colour paste until you have three lovely, bright colours.
* In a piping bag fitted with a 1M Wilton nozzle, put 1 tbsp of one colour down one side of the bag, a tbsp of a second colour on the other side and a tbsp of a third colour, try to push down the centre, but don’t worry if it doesn’t work entirely!
* Pipe swirls of colour onto the cold cakes. They won’t be uniform, but that’s good!
* Leave the icing to dry for half an hour.
I had planned to royal ice some safety pins for these cakes, but I just completely ran out of time, hence the Punk Cakes became Psychadelic Cakes!
Thanks to the staff at Hot Rats for my lovely Sisters of Mercy CD, The Fall single and 2 bottles of red wine. Many thanks.