Though I couldn’t attend the open garden at West End community garden on election day, I showed my support in providing them with some baked goods to sell and raise some funds. It was so difficult to decide what to make, but in the end I stuck to some crowd pleasers, banana bread and cupcakes.
With so many recipes for banana bread online, I just couldn’t decide… and then I found one in my food processor cookbook so went with that one. My cookbook came free with my food processor but I found a similar one on Amazon called The Food Processor Bible. It was more a banana cake but came out delicious all the same.
Very unappetising photo of mushed up over-ripe bananas. They are so gross but make the best kind of cakes.
It was hard to give them away.
But I resisted the urge (and Kris’s pleas) to eat them and made up a box to take to the garden.
I wanted to try something different, so decided on coconut cupcakes with passionfruit buttercream. I love passionfruit but have been buying so many and don’t want to waste them, so have ended up with a couple containers of passionfruit pulp in my freezer.
Without using a recipe, I defrosted some left over cream cheese frosting and got over-enthusiastic while adding the passionfruit juice, and it basically turned into a runny mess of icing. I had absolutely no idea what, if anything, could be done to fix it, so I started from scratch with a simple buttercream (butter and icing sugar) and added the passionfruit mix by the spoonful. By about the 3rd spoon I had the desired flavour while maintaining the ideal consistency. Problem solved.
Cupcake disaster averted, the coconut cupcakes were good to go and I topped them with the buttercream and dropped them off at the garden. I hope that they were well received!
After a crazy morning whipping up buttercream, and attending to Kris’s broken down motorbike, we finally headed to the coast to celebrate a first birthday, complete with a jumping castle, petting zoo and pony rides! Ah, to be a kid again.
And check out this cake made by my incredibly talented friend, Jade.
All photos from my camera