Mother’s Day Gift guide #2

I posted another Mother’s Day gift guide last week, I’m posting another one now because this is a little bit different to the other one. Sometimes we find ourselves in situations where we can’t go buying flashy gifts for the ones we love. Trust me, I’ve been there. Heck I moved there and became the mayor. Its hard when the one you love deserves a diamond and all you can afford is a rock. So this gift guide is going to be about things you can make or get for cheap that will be sure to make your mumma smile.

PLANTS

For the green thumb mum I think this is a really cute idea. You can get a huge range of potted flowers from Bunnings for under $15.00AUD some even for under $5.00! To snazzy it up a bit and add some personal touch, head over to kmart and pick up one of the many flower pots they have – starting from $2.00! A little bit of elbow grease and some dirty hands will give you the end result of a gorgeous gift that will bring colour and happiness to your mum for a very long time! All you need to do is add a cute label, get a ribbon and you’re done! How beautiful!

TEA/COFFEE

Kmart have some great Tea sets out at the moment in the theme of mothers day!
This one here comes with tea, and sugar cookies with the mug, whilst this one is an all encompassed tea set! There are a few different varieties on offer at Kmart so pick one that suits your mum. These ones here are $6 and $10. Bargain!

PHOTOS

I think it costs approx 25c to get a photo printed these days and thats just for standard sizes. One thing that my brother, sister and I do, is get photos of us, and us and our partners and make a photo collage. If thats not quite your style, or you’re an only child then you can just find some photos of you and your mum. You can get some really cute frames for under $10. I’ll leave you with a pic from at least 10 years ago of me and my mum

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BAKED GOODS

If you’re good in the kitchen then this one might be for you. This is one of the things I’m doing for my mum this Mother’s Day. Its an edible cupcake arrangement. Click here to find out how to do it! It is actually really easy! It was under $15 to make.

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This one here is just a trial run, so its a little rough around the edges. But you get the idea! The tutorial for this post will be up tonight! Two posts in one day? You guys are lucky!

That just about wraps it up for this instalment of the Mother’s Day gift guide for 2016. Just remember, you don’t need to go out and get expensive gifts. Just spend time with your mum, or mother figure. Cherish the time you have and make memories and take photos and just tell your mum how much you love them!

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Edible Cupcake Bouquet

Welcome back to Caitlan’s Kitchen! One of the things I love doing, is baking! This year for mothers day, along with some other gifts, I plan on making my mum a giant array of cupcakes that look like a flower bouquet. Why? Because why not? Not sure what to get your mum for Mother’s Day? Check out the two gift guides I’ve put together *HERE* and *HERE*.

The one I’m going to teach you how to do now is just my trial run, so its a little rough around the edges. But with some practice, it should look better!

There are a heap of different ways you can go about this, in terms of cakes and decorations. I chose to use packet cakes for this, purely because it’s the easy option. However, feel free to use any cupcake recipe you have and love for this. The same goes for decorating, the marshmallow flowers are just an option. I thought I might show you how to to do them for future baking experiments.

THE THINGS!

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For this you’ll need a few things that don’t come from the baking aisle. A flower pot (kmart have cute ones for $2), ribbon, and a Styrofoam ball. Along with that you’ll need patty pans, tooth picks and some cakes. You can use whatever cupcakes you like I’m using packet cakes as I said, because its easy. I’m using vanilla and chocolate, but thats just for some variety. As long as you have approx 20 cupcakes you should be able to cover a ball this size. Marshmallows are optional.

Once your cakes are baked, and cooled down you have some options. You can either stick them to the foam ball now, and decorate later, OR decorate now and stab them on later. It depends on how you’re doing it I think. If I was using a piping bag, I’d stick the cakes down first. For something like this, it doesn’t matter too much. But after attempting this, I think it is easier to get them on the foam ball first, then decorate.

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To make the marshmallow flowers, you’ll need two marshmallows for one flower. Cut them in half like you see in the photo above. As you cut them, it pinches the marshmallow and turns it from a round shape to a slightly pointed almond shape – perfect for petals. They’re easy to place down on the icing of the cupcakes, as it acts as an adhesive. Be warned thought, the marshmallows become VERY sticky once cut in half. To save yourself some grief place them on the cupcake sticky side down so they powdery side is facing up.

Another option is to dip them in coloured sugar which is super cute.

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To stick them to the foam ball, I used two toothpicks per cupcake, like the picture above. For some that were lower down, I used three, and tried to angle them up so they wouldn’t slide off.  Its fairly easy to pierce the foam ball, but perhaps having a sewing thimble on hand might be of some assistance.

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Simply push the cupcake onto the toothpicks. You’ll be surprised at how well they stay there.  A good trick to make sure the foam ball doesn’t wiggle around is to adhere it with sticky tape on the inside to the flower pot. Another idea is to put some weights in the bottom – rocks might work – so it doesn’t slide around, mine took a little tumble as I was pressing one of the cupcakes on, now its covered in crumbs, but this is just a test run so thats ok.

Its also best to tie the ribbon around the pot before you start placing the cupcakes. It would be mighty difficult to tie it up once it was so top heavy and round.

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Progress shot. Mother’s Day Marshmallow Massacre – we will rebuild.

There isn’t really any rhyme or reason to placing the cupcakes. It depends on size and what room you have. I’m trying to think of something to fill the white space with. Green tissue paper – or napkins to simulate leaves? Or perhaps I’ll pipe some green frosting in between. If I had some green lolly pops (wrapped in green cellophane, at least) I’d try stabbing them through the ball. Something to cover the white space and give some foliage.

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Here’s the finished result of my cupcake bouquet test run. I’ll update my social media with pictures of the final result so if you’d like to see those, follow the links below and give my insta a good old stalk-a-roonie!

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Easter Week: Easter Gift Basket!

Through the course of Easter week, I’ve set you up with a heap of things that can all be mixed with each other – You’re welcome. Today’s post will be about ‘what to bring’ to an Easter gathering instead of what to make when hosting!

But if you’re a smart cookie you’ll realise that it’s kind of the same thing, but not. The crafts that we’ve made and the Easter treats that we’ve made can all be mixed together for this post today!

If you’re going to a family Easter party or you’ve been invited to something then chances are you’re going to want to bring something. Even though I’m sure the host has said not to bring a thing! (But we all know we’re going to bring something). This is what I’d bring (and what I probably will bring to family Easter). The perfect Easter gift basket!


The basked I got at k-mart for $3? Ish. It was very inexpensive. The purple ‘straw’ I got at a ‘dollar store’ and the other things are basically what we’ve made together! So here’s what I put in mine!


The plastic baggies I got at Kmart and they were really cheap. So I just got the baked goods and put them in individual bags – I included the sugar cookies and the chocolate nests because they’re easy to package. If I had a way to pack the cupcakes I would have included them.  I got the egg candles at Dusk last year. I love them, I think they’re so adorable! I also included one of the little pom pom critters because: cuteness. For a little bit of an adult kick, I added some kaluah – bailies is also a really good one too, just anything in the little bottles. Hot cross buns are also great to put in and then also any chocolate eggs too.

Add a ribbon and a cute little card and you’re good to go! It looks like a heap of effort, but if you’re already baking for yourself then why not share the delicious goodness?

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Easter Week: Hosting Easter – High Teaster!

(two posts today – woo!) Weather you’re hosting Easter or you just want some good party ideas for kids – I’ve got you covered! I’ve done baking posts on my blog before – usually just one recipe but todays Easter post will be quite a few recipes and decoration ideas so hang tight, we will make it through together!

Recipe 1: ‘Peanut Butter and Chocolate Birds Nests’

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This recipe is a variation of an old favourite (for many I’m sure), the classic chocolate spiders. This recipe can be found on the back of a packed of ‘Changs original fried noodles’ –  the core ingredient.  You’ll need:

  • 1 packet of the fried noodles
  • 2tbl crunchy peanut butter
  • 200g of your chocolate of choice. I use milk or dark (mixing the two is also acceptable). White chocolate can work, but its not really the right colour for birds nests!
  • You’ll also need some mini speckled eggs for decoration!

Method:
Break up the chocolate (if its a block) and put in a microwave safe bowl, add the peanut butter and microwave for 30seconds, take it out – stir it, microwave for a further 15 seconds, take it out and stir it, microwave in 5 second intervals until its fully melted. Give the mixture a good stir and then add in half of the packet of noodles, stir them until completely coated in the chocolate mix then add the other half.
Spoon mixture on to a tray lined with baking paper and you’re good to go. Place as many little eggs as you’d like in the centre of the chocolate mounds. I went for 3.
Place in the fridge to set and you’re done! Not only are they super quick, they’re also adorable and such a low maintenance chocolate treat that is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Recipe 2: Sugar Cookies

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I’ve been on the hunt for my ‘go-to’ sugar cookie recipe for approx 2 years now and I think I’ve finally found it. This is just a recipe for the cookies themselves – not the royal icing. Google is your friend. (;

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose (plain) flour
  • 1 cup self raising flower
  • ½ tsp salt
  • additional flour for rolling

Method: Preheat oven 180C/350F

  • Beat (electric mixer) the butter for a few minutes until its creamy, smooth and starts to lighten in colour.
  • Add sugar and vanilla and beat until fully incorporated. Add the egg and mix until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl sift flour and salt. Gradually add flower to ‘wet’ ingredients mixing well between rounds.
  • When mixture is dough like and all combined flatten between two sheets of baking powder and put in freezer for half an hour.
  • Roll dough out to desired thickness and cut into shapes.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool completely before icing them.

I iced mine in cute pastel colours, something I deem perfect for Easter and just adorable anyway. I then decorated them with white icing. I decided to keep it simple because a) the more you do the more you can mess up and b) you don’t need to overload a cookie with rock hard sugar. Special thanks goes to my sister Bonnie for helping me in the kitchen all day!

 

Recipe 3: Vanilla cupcakes

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You can use your favourite recipe for these. Thats what I’ve done.

I chose to decorate these in two different ways. The first was by icing them and then crumbling up a ‘flake’ chocolate bar and pressing it into the still wet icing to form a ‘nest’ and then added 3 mini speckled eggs. I don’t know why Easter is associated with birds nests, but it is!

The second way, I decided to colour some sugar – very easy. and make bunny ears out of marshmallows. (take a marshmallow and cut it in half – boom – bunny ears) I pressed the sugar into the marshmallow and taadaa, you’ve got yourself some super sweet (ha!) bunny ears! I roughly piped the icing on the cup cake to resemble a fluffy bunny and stuck the ears in!

Displaying these treats is simple as they really do all the work for you! I like putting them on nice platters or displaying them on a cupcake stand. Something easy and accessible. People will be talking about your Easter – high-tea treats for days and you’ll be a hit at all the parties!

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Malteser Mini Muffins #CaitlansKitchen

As the true procrastinator I am, I decided to do everyones favourite type of procrastinating… ProcrastiBaking! Here is the recipe and some pro tips and tricks I learnt along the way!

Ingredients – Muffins:
1 1/2 cups (225g) plain / all purpose flour
1 cup crushed Maltesers (approx 3 cups whole Maltesers)
24 whole Maltesers (decoration)
1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
1Tbls Baking Powder
1 egg
3/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup unsalted butter – melted
1/4 cup (60ml) milk
1/2 Tsp salt
Ingredients – Icing:
1 1/2 cups (225g) icing sugar
1 Tbls milk
2 Tbls golden or maple syrup
1/4 cup (60ml) milk
30g unsalted butter – softened at room temperature

Oven: 180C / 350F

  • Pre heat oven and then line your tray with patty pan / cake papers.
  • In one large bowl add the flour,  crushed Maltesers*, caster sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir together  and mix well with a wooden spoon.
  • In separate bowl, beat together (on low setting) melted butter*, milk, egg and sour cream. Once well combined add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.
  • Mix together well with a wooden spoon (or electric beaters if you prefer) until it has formed a thick ‘runny’, ‘gloopy’ dough like mixture. Not quite as runny as a batter.
  • Spoon cake mix into patty pans – fill to half way.
  • Bake for 16 – 20 minutes.
  • Leave to cool.
  • To make the icing mix all the ingredients together with a wooden spoon. Place in the fridge for 10 – 15 minutes to ‘thicken’.
  • Spread icing over the now completely cool mini muffins and decorate with one whole Malteser.
  • Enjoy!

Pro Tips

*Place whole maltesers into a plastic bag: ziplock back or freezer bag and then crush with wooden spoon until they’re a powder.

*To melt butter, place in a microwave safe container and heat for 30seconds on high. Take it out and stir. If it is not fully melted, put back in for 10second intervals until completely melted.
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