I woke up yesterday to the news that there was a family wedding taking place that very afternoon. Now this wasn’t your normal kind of wedding that takes 12 months to organise. No this one had to be done in a day! The bride, aka Puzzy and the groom, aka Fuzzy are bears that live with us and no they are not real bears – that’s right – we were hosting a wedding for two stuffed bears. My six year old son loves detail so I knew this would be a well thought out wedding. I was right. He made a red carpet out of cardboard which was the length of the living room floor. All the other soft toys were laid out as guests. A small lavender sachet became the ring cushion upon which lay a jewel any girl would be proud of. The bride had a gorgeous fuchsia pink veil attached to her ears with clothes pegs. The fact that she wore nothing else did not seem to concern neither my son nor my daughter. The groom had a paper kilt made for him with a sgian-dubh attached to the front. This was worn in typical Simon Cowell fashion – up round the armpits and again with no other clothes. Super Monkey was brought in as the priest wearing only red briefs and a red cape. Music was by Coldplay.
My job in all this was Head of Catering. The Groom requested chocolate cake and the bride wanted raspberries. I thought I would go the extra mile and made some chocolate cupcases which once the cake was baked I placed into the chocolate cases and then decorated with cream and raspberries.
I also thought long and hard about a gift for the couple and so while all the preparations were taking place I made up this cute little cupcake holder in the shape of an oven.
I can’t imagine many brides who wouldn’t want a brand new pink oven to start off her new life of married bliss.
This also leads me nicely into the fab competition which is being run by Rangecookers.co.uk. All you have to do is make and blog about a cupcake to win a Select 90 dual fuel range cooker in stainless steel. Now I may pretend to care what two stuffed bears would like for their wedding but in reality I’m thinking of a gorgeous new oven for myself. Selfish, I know.
Anyway, back to the wedding. The day was a great success – the bears are off on honeymoon to the Isle of Toyland, the kids had great fun, and I enjoyed watching the creativity that every 6 and 4 year old should be allowed to express.
If you would like to make these gorgeous, deliciously moist, fresh chocolate cupcakes served in their own edible chocolate cupcases and drizzled with tangy raspberry sauce (yes I really do want to win that oven) then here is the recipe …
Beat together the butter, caster sugar and vanilla essence until light and creamy.
Add the egg and beat well.
Add the jam and beat until smooth.
Fold in sifted flours, bicarbonate of soda and cocoa alternately with the buttermilk until nice and smooth.
Spoon the mixture into cupcake cases and bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted in the centre.
Leave cakes to cool completely before decorating.
Whip cream and icing sugar together until thick.
Pipe cream onto cakes and decorate with fresh raspberries and raspberry sauce.
I served these cupcakes in edible chocolate cases which I made by melting chocolate and coating silicone moulds before placing in the freezer to set. Once set, peel off the moulds and keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
I made the raspberry sauce by blitzing fresh raspberries with a touch of lemon juice and icing sugar to taste and then passing through a sieve to remove any seeds.