To Your Posts… Let The Bake Off Begin!

27 Aug

My sister and I decided, in normal penniless fashion, to spend the Bank Holiday weekend together doing sister activities. Last night we had bruschetta for dinner (messy, don’t choose for restaurant fodder!) and watched I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, and Don’t Mess With The Zohan. The latter was a bit disappointing but the first was hilarious.

So this morning, armed with a weekend at the gym, we decided to have a bake-off, after initially planning to visit my Granddad and then for plans to change. Neither of us bake very often, preferring to cook savoury food, but in total exercise avoidance it seemed like the best idea.

We baked three types: carrot cakes, vanilla and lemon, and mixed up the icing while we waited for them to cook. And they were a success! If you know me at all you will know I cant do puddings, and I am so bad at baking a cake that my hopes were shattered when it came to making GCSE choices, and I was asked kindly to not choose home economics after putting too much baking powder in some cakes and taking out all the muffins in the oven.

(cupcakes with vanilla icing and raspberries)

We impressed ourselves. The kitchen became a production line of icing and piping, of hearts and flowers and icing sugar inhalation. My little sister managed to get carrot cake mix all up the wall and on the white cupboards that my mum keeps so pristine, with her saying “Damn, I knew I shouldn’t have pressed the turbo button on the whisk”.

Yep, I am impressed with what we created. We coloured icing and added sprinkles etc, until my sister, ignoring what I said, decided to try colouring some herself. It resulted in her being covered in red food colouring and looking like the prime suspect in a murder investigation.

(my sister is so creative!)

But she persevered, and created cute little cupcakes, while I went for speed and simplicity. It was so much fun! the grass in the one above is made of icing mixed with desiccated (or defecated as my sister calls it) coconut and lots of food colouring.

The piece de resistance in my opinion has to be the cookie monsters. You can see the one at the back left was my first attempt as his eyes are a bit squiffy (or ‘the one that did drugs’ as my sister calls it) but I gradually improved, although my fingers are now bright blue and stained from food colouring.

(Cookie monster cupcakes. Made with mini Maryland cookies, white chocolate buttons and desiccated coconut. I wanted to make red Elmo ones too but as Danielle pointed out, no one likes coconut except me, and I cant eat them anyway).

(Ginger cupcakes. Vanilla icing mixed with powdered ginger, with crystallised ginger chunks.)

(my creations!!)

Shame my cupcakes are all dressed up with nowhere to go. I’m going to take some round for Lou tonight, and I hope Lilly likes the Cookie Monsters!!!

Hope you are all having a fantastic weekend. I have started a Facebook page for this blog in addition to Twitter (apparently social media is where all the cool kids are!) so if you subscribe or follow anywhere please like it. I hate that its called a fan page but ill post updates there that are too long for Twitter!!
‘Belle xx

90 Responses to “To Your Posts… Let The Bake Off Begin!”

  1. lou August 27, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    Hey hun, they look amazing I would love to do something like that maybe when poppy is asleep one day we can try it with pad!
    Also thanks for saying your bringing some can’t wait! Perfect saturday in no men you me and the babies plus cake and x factor what more could a girl need xxx

  2. mrsbongle August 27, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    Well done to both of you! The cakes look fabulous! I never bake as my husband’s diabetic and I’m on a diet. Love the photos as well!

    • tinkerbelle86 August 27, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

      im diabetic AND on a diet, sod it! its so much fun. I would love to own a little cafe that was also a book shop, that sold yummy soups for people to look forward to in winter, and cakes. my friend Jo is the best cake baker ever!

  3. prenin August 27, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

    Ironic: We both bake and we’re both on diets – you because of diabetes and me to stop me getting diabetes!!! 🙂

    Love your work though hun – VERY creative!!! 🙂

    Huge hugs and God Bless!


  4. writerwannabe2011 August 27, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    Those cupcakes look amazing! My favorites are the cookie monster muffins.

  5. countingducks August 27, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    I can’t taste them but I love the funny looking face one’s. I would have to preserve them so I could keep looking at them

  6. magsx2 August 27, 2011 at 7:55 pm #

    They really look delicious, you just can’t beat homemade, they always taste a lot better than the cakes from the shops. Nice job both of you.

  7. lou August 27, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    Laura just eating one of your cookie monster cakes, and just for the people who are saying how yummy they are, they really are!

    Love you lots xxx

  8. ceciliag August 27, 2011 at 8:10 pm #

    You and your sister are so cool! and I LOVE the cookie monsters and the bee! so cute! c

  9. gojulesgo August 27, 2011 at 10:56 pm #

    WOW! Those cupcakes are ADORABLE (I love to bake, but I’ve never made anything like those)! Nicely done.

    Also – I totally agree about “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.” Hilarious!

  10. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts August 28, 2011 at 3:04 am #

    These are amazing!! They look like they came from a shop 🙂 Fantastic effort – I hope you get to enjoy enough of them to find it worthwhile!

    • tinkerbelle86 August 30, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

      thanks Kari, thats sweet. apart from the one with the druggy eyes, right?!

  11. ian_gappie August 28, 2011 at 6:30 am #

    THEY LOOK SO YUMMY!!! i wish i can have one right now and eat them right away! :))) looking at them made me hungry… my ❤ for pastries never fail…

  12. Team Oyeniyi August 28, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    The kids are drooling over your baking and demanding that I do the same!

    Thank you VERY much!

    • tinkerbelle86 August 28, 2011 at 10:43 am #

      sorry mrs o … if you werent so far away i would send some, we have far too many for our waistlines own goods!

  13. Cammie August 28, 2011 at 10:22 pm #

    I love the Cookie Monster cupcakes! My daughter is 13 but, she still loves Cookie so I am totally going to make some for her.

  14. Veggie Diva's Kitchen August 30, 2011 at 11:32 am #

    Wow these look amazing! The cookie monster ones are hilarious 🙂

  15. droolfactor August 30, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

    The bumble bee is too adorable!! Love your creations. You’re lucky to have a “partner in crime”!! Sounds like so much fun!

    • tinkerbelle86 August 30, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

      ah thanks!! totally inspired to do some more. although it also makes me totally inspired to eat some more…

  16. Cupcake Linnie August 30, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    So wonderful! You did a very excellent job for your first time…I’d be impressed if you did this on the regular! Thank you for sharing and thank you for stopping my my page as well 🙂

  17. leadinglight August 30, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    I love the Cookie Monster cupcakes! Creative and hilarious at once.

  18. Jereme's Kitchen August 30, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    awesome! since the cookie monster is my mentor, i luv those the best!

  19. imchasingbliss August 30, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

    These are so gorgeous! I love how creative :]
    Thanks for the feedback on my Margarita cupcakes, too!

    • tinkerbelle86 August 30, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

      thats fine. im totally trying those out! ill let you know how they go 🙂

  20. mario August 30, 2011 at 4:04 pm #


  21. cakesplosion August 30, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    Very very cute!

  22. valentinalucia August 30, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

    Those all look so yummy! My favs are the Cookie Monster cupcakes, they look so professional and scrumptious 🙂

    • tinkerbelle86 August 31, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

      thanks V, i think im going to try Elmos at the weekend. watch this space!

  23. Nise en Scène August 31, 2011 at 12:31 am #

    The cookie monsters are brilliant! Great job tinkerbelle! 🙂

  24. naneraday August 31, 2011 at 1:21 am #

    these are adorable! Love cookie monster 🙂

  25. Stacey August 31, 2011 at 2:14 am #

    those look amazing…especially love cookie monster!

  26. Kelly Anne August 31, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    Well it looks like you’re not so bad at baking after all! The cookie monsters are my favourite, they look fab!

  27. whatsaysyou August 31, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    Those cupcakes look so pretty yet tempting. Great work!

  28. Isabelle@cheesymiteapples August 31, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    wow you guys definitely out baked me! I wish I had the time to experiment more with baked goods.
    I love your use of desiccated coconut to change the texture of the icing on the cookie monster & bumble bee cupcakes. Very creative 🙂

  29. Jessica August 31, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    The vanilla cupcakes with raspberries look delicious, and I am saddened that I am not a fan of coconut because the cookie monster cupcakes are just plain adorable! (Also, the shot of Ryan Reynolds that you have in another post of yours, well, that looks pretty delicious, too!) Happy baking, lady! 🙂

  30. spinach&spice August 31, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

    No exercise + piles of baked goods? Now we’re talking 😀
    Your bakery looks fantastic!

    • tinkerbelle86 August 31, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

      well quite, im getting a bit ofa dab hand at inventive ways to avoid the gym!

  31. thecompletecookbook August 31, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

    What a fantastic fun time you and your sister had with beautiful results.
    Have a happy day.
    🙂 Mandy

  32. Korena August 31, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    They look beautiful, and delicious! What a great way to avoid going to the gym 😉

    • tinkerbelle86 September 7, 2011 at 11:34 am #

      I know, my gym avoidance techniques are getting more and more enhanced!

  33. Warm Vanilla Sugar August 31, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

    Oh my goodness, so cute! I love the cookie monster cupcakes. Also, your hands are so funny! Hope the red didn’t last too long.

  34. The Teenage Taste August 31, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    Sounds like such a fun weekend with your sister! Those Cookie Monster Cupcakes look so cute! 🙂

  35. Lauren August 31, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

    These are too cute – Cookie monster is seriously great

  36. Mike's Baking (@mikesbaking) August 31, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    They all look lovely!! love the cookie monster ones!!

  37. Rachel September 1, 2011 at 1:40 am #

    i don’t see any chocolate! 🙂 just teasing; these look fantastic! i especially love the cookie monster ones. so fun!

  38. iamrina September 1, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

    The cupcakes look really pretty!!! I love the cookie monster ones (especially with a cookie in his mouth)! Really adorable!!! I’m now so inspired by you! I shall start doing more interesting decorations on my cupcakes, beyond the typical frosting I’ve been doing! Haha 🙂

  39. Elissa September 1, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

    These are beautiful! Cookie monster ones are my favorite 🙂

  40. ellen September 1, 2011 at 8:07 pm #

    i am drooling! the ginger cupcakes are a great idea that i may have to steal, and the bumblebee and cookie monster ones are so cute!!

    • tinkerbelle86 September 2, 2011 at 8:02 am #

      please steal, i would love to know how you got on!!

  41. startingoveringermany September 2, 2011 at 8:36 am #

    They are all beautiful. Great job! My favorite one is Cookie Monster. Perhaps because it is the big child in me:)

  42. ritsya September 2, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    These look great! Especially love the cookie monsters 😀 I wish I had the patience for icing things properly. Thanks for the inspiration!

  43. Judy September 2, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    So creative, I love the bumble bee 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Savoring Today and commenting, I really appreciate that. Glad to browse your world here too!

    • tinkerbelle86 September 2, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

      I will pass your kind comments to my little sister who will be pleased!!

  44. Char September 2, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

    Amazing cupcake decorations… you got skills! I especially love the Cookie Monsters 🙂

    • tinkerbelle86 September 2, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

      thanks! i hope they put that as a line on my grave. Laura Tinker… had skills. !

  45. All Fashion Online September 2, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    They are all beautiful,especially Cookie monster cupcakes!

  46. the20spot September 2, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    so ADORABLE! i love the cookie monster ones!! now i have some more inspiration 🙂 thanks for stopping by my blog – love yours! keep creating xo.

  47. Marilyn September 2, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    the ginger cupcakes look so beautiful! these are great!

  48. Prada For Breakfast September 2, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    Wow, these are so fabulous and creative!! You girls really made some awesome cupcakes, they all look so delicious — especially the cookie monster ones! And baking is ALWAYS a great alternative to exercising, in my opinion.


  49. ahhlecx September 2, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    Very pretty cupcakes! 😀 I love the Cookie Monster cupcakes! I’m sure they taste delicious too =p~

    • tinkerbelle86 September 2, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

      thanks, they went down well. i think i might try something else this weekend. I feel like Julia Child! 🙂

  50. Morgs September 2, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    Oh my gosh, those cupcakes are too. stinking. cute. I especially love the cookie monster ones!

  51. Rachel & Maya September 3, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

    Whoa! I love the cupcakes!!! My favorite are the Cookie Monsters. How cute are these??? Great entry!!! Maya

  52. chow bella September 4, 2011 at 9:39 pm #

    The cookie monster cupcakes are way too cute!

    • tinkerbelle86 September 7, 2011 at 11:35 am #

      ah thanks, im very surprised at the sheer amount of love for the cookie monsters! im going to have a crack at some others for one of the lads at works birthdays this weekend. watch this space!

  53. thebeangarden September 26, 2011 at 10:53 pm #

    they’re brilliant! they look a lot neater than mine.. my little monsters had some issues with moulting fur/desiccated coconut all over the place. i also want to make elmo cupcakes next time. and maybe kermit too. a sesame street bake off bonanza. that would be epic.

  54. cakefanatic October 27, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    Love the cookie monster ones – i have had a go at these so know they are super yummy as well. 🙂

  55. alternative eating October 27, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    WOW….I want to have some of those. They look really good:) 🙂

  56. Kara Goldsborough October 27, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    Very cute! My two year old would love the cookie monster cupcakes!

  57. Shara October 27, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    These are soooo cute! I especially love the Cookie Monster ones! I think the cake pops I made at look like Oscar the Grouch….hmmm I might feel a Sesame Street Party coming up!! Thanks for sharing!

  58. Holly@Mimi's Dollhouse October 27, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    I LOVE the cookie monster cupcakes!!! Very cute:)

  59. Sarah October 27, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    Thanks for visiting my blog! I love these cupcakes! They are so darling, I agree the cookie monsters are fabulous:) I am also interested to here how the ginger ones tasted, they sound so delicious. Have a great day:)

  60. peachkins October 27, 2011 at 10:57 pm #

    I love your cupcakes! specially the cookie monster cupcakes!

  61. KirstenM October 28, 2011 at 12:12 am #

    Hi there,

    I saw your comment on my NZGirl post and had to come check out these monster cupcakes! They look wonderful – great job! I’m sure they taste as good as they look.

    Great collection of cupcakes, will definitely be popping back to see what else you come up with. I’d love to hear your thoughts on some of the creations over on my blog 🙂


  62. Stephanie October 28, 2011 at 12:13 am #

    Cute cupcakes! I really love the cookie monster ones!

  63. Ariella.Eats October 28, 2011 at 4:54 am #

    i saw the monster cupcakes on another blog and that it was so clever…yours looks like they turned out well!

  64. wholefamilystrong October 28, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    They look sooo cute! Thanks for sharing!

  65. Wind Inspired October 28, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    Adorable – especially cookie monster!

  66. Deeba Rajpal (@vindee) October 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

    LOVE your creativity…this is FUN all the way! Fabulously done and how sweet the red hands are. Let the baking begin!!

  67. Joy October 28, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

    These are just awesome. I LOVE what you’ve done with them.

    • tinkerbelle86 October 28, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

      thanks so much! i might try some halloween ones this weekend

  68. audra October 28, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    LOVE the cookie monster cakes!!!! You did a fabulous job, so well-done!!! The ginger cupcakes look amazing too…I love ginger, I have to try these!!! Thank you for visiting…I will surely be back, you guys have a lot going on, I’ve had so much fun checking out your site!!!!!


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