“Popcorn Box” Cake with Butter Popcorn-Flavoured Icing

The flavour extract that I used in this post was kindly gifted to me by one of my favourite companies ever, Queen Fine Foods. However, they did NOT compensate me for this post OR request that I promote their products – I do so because I love them! There are also a lot of links in this post, but NONE of them are affiliate links. I just like sharing the love around!

First of all, I feel the need to apologise for the very minimal content that I’ve been sharing on both my blog and my Instagram. It’s been kind of a blah month with my health issues trying hard to break my spirit, but I’m back today with a brand new recipe that I am really happy with ☺️

As I follow their every move on Instagram (that doesn’t sound too creepy, right?), I knew Queen were releasing a new flavour extract, but didn’t know when it was going to happen, or what the flavour was – until it showed up on my doorstep!

I came home from work one day and began to feel a little deflated, as work is a nice distraction from my habit of over-thinking, before I noticed a surprise package waiting for me in the mail box 🙊 It was from my favourite company ever: Queen Fine Foods!

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Not only did they send me their new Butter Popcorn Flavour (BEFORE it was even available in store!), but they also sent some other fun goodies such as their Stawberry N’ Cream flavour, some sprinkles, and other fun decorations all with their new pastel coloured packaging 😍

Obviously, I got brain storming right away on how I could use this new and intriguing flavour in a dessert, and it only seemed natural to make a cake shaped as the food that the flavour extract is inspired by!

I also knew I had to make some actual butter popcorn at the same time to compare the taste between the “real thing” and the flavour extract, and guys, they tasted EXACTLY the same 🙌

I don’t think I’ve ever used a flavour that has actually tasted 100% like the thing it is meant to before this one! Okay, enough blabbering as usual, let me tell you how to make this super fun cake. Make sure to get comfortable: this is another super-long post!  👇Read More »

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Triple-Flavoured Pokemon Centre Cake to Celebrate #PokeNoms!

Boy, oh boy, oh boy. I can’t believe I am FINALLY sharing this recipe with you all! This tricky little bugger took a very long time – and quite a few tears – to get right, and truth be told, I am still not 100% happy with it.

I always thought I would never share anything on the blog that I wasn’t completely in love with, but I soon realised what a perfectionist I am and therefore wouldn’t have half the content that I currently do, and also how stupid that decision was. How am I meant to see growth if I don’t share where I began? How am I meant to learn from my mistakes if I don’t give things a try in the first place?

And, more importantly, when your boyfriend comes home and sees the cake you’ve been decorating for 4+ hours and is literally taken aback, exclaims how awesome it looks, and then devours a huge piece of it in minutes, isn’t that a sign that the cake is actually pretty good? 🙊

We are always our biggest critics, but I ended up deciding to share this recipe – mostly because of how genuine and excited my boyfriend’s reaction was – but also because I worked so hard on it, I pushed myself out of my comfort zone, and I did learn a few tricks along the way.

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I actually wanted to share this at the beginning of the month in time for the Detective Pikachu release, but that was back when I wanted it to be a 3D cookie Pokemon Centre instead of a cake… Let’s just say, that didn’t end well 😅 I eventually decided just to make a cake instead, and to decorate the insides with the same colours as a Poke Ball so a fun surprise for when you cut it open!

Later is better than ever though. Whilst Detective Pikachu has been out for a little while now, it IS still the month #PokeNoms – which is an awesome Pokemon-themed month-long challenge hosted by CupcakeDex and Fandom Foodies. Plus, May 22nd is considered to be Ash Ketchum’s birthday, which I celebrated last year with a fun recipe as well!

Just to be completely transparent with you guys, in this recipe I use some of Queen Fine Foods products. They have sent me some products in the past, but the ones I use in this recipe I bought myself, and they have never requested that I advertise their products at all. They’re just a very generous company who know how much I love their products!

Before we get onto the recipe, I feel the need to warn you: this is an INCREDIBLY tedious recipe! The fondant work alone took me hours – not to mention all the baking, trimming, icing, chilling, etc – so this is going to be a super long post. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! 😂Read More »

Product Testing: Chocolate Food Colouring from Magic Colours!

Guess who’s back with a brand new product review post?! 😄 I had so much fun sharing my first product testing post last month that when I decided to try another completely brand new-to-me product, I knew I had to share my experience and thoughts with all of you guys!

If you’ve been paying attention to my ramblings on Instagram Stories, or kept up with all my latest recipe posts, you may have noticed a certain theme continue to appear: chocolate! I’ve been playing around with chocolate a lot lately, and I am having a LOT of fun with it 😋

So far I have mostly used simple, no name white, milk, and dark chocolate buttons from my local supermarket – which are made for melting – and they have worked perfectly well, but when it came to needing coloured chocolate, I tend to hit a wall.

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I’m sure you’ve all heard of Wilton Candy Melts; they seem to be featured in almost every baking video on YouTube. I thought these would be my solution to needing coloured chocolate as I had heard colouring your own chocolate was a nightmare.

Well, so are Candy Melts. They’re super expensive over here in Australia (over $10 a bag!), and I always find that they never melt enough for me. No matter what I do, I am left with a sludge-y/fudge-y solution rather than a thin, smooth liquid. So, I decided to bite the bullet and test out colouring white chocolate myself!

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Most of the chocolate colouring products I’ve seen are powders, which I have never worked with before, but hope to try them some day. I honestly didn’t think there WAS any other way to colour chocolate, until I saw these oil-based food colours for chocolate from Magic Colours.

During one of my last baking-themed events (perhaps the Cake Bake and Sweets Show last year, if I’m remembering correctly) I saw an array of Magic Colour’s colouring products for chocolate and knew I had to give them a try.Read More »