Yesterday I joined in with the Jubilee celebrations in my home village Great Glen. We were so lucky that the rain held off all day despite the forecasted storms! It was a beautiful day from start to finish. It was so lovely to see all the people in the village come together as a community and put together such a big event!
I headed down first thing with my mum and gran to set up. It wasn't until we arrived that we realised that we have no idea how to put up a gazebo, so after standing around for half an hour looking pretty and helpless, the lovely men from the Great Glen Scouts came and put it up for us! Definitive proof that if you look pretty and act helpless, men will come to your rescue, sorry feminists!
The event opened at 2pm and by 4pm my cakes were completely sold out, all 200 of them! I got a couple of bookings for birthday parties so all in all it was a very successful day! My mum even won a bottle of Lambrini on the scouts tombola! Lambrina girls just want to have fun...
My cakes sold out just in time for me to catch the dog show! My gran has a British bulldog called Budda who we entered into the 'most handsome' competition! He came second! We were all so proud of him when the judges pinned on his badge! I just wish I could have got some closer photos!
All in all it was a lovely day. It's so lovely when everyone comes together to celebrate being British and our Queen. Happy Jubilee Elizabeth! Thanks for 60 years of hope and glory.
The cakes I made for this event were all vanilla with vanilla frosting. When I'm making a lot of cakes, it's so much easier to do one flavour, and you also sell a lot more when people don't need to faff about picking flavours! The only choice they had was vanilla or chocolate muffins! You can find the recipe I used for the vanilla cupcakes here and the chocolate muffins here.
For the frosting, I used unsalted butter and icing sugar, using one part butter to 3 parts icing sugar. Make sure the butter is softened before you use it, or pop it in the microwave for 10 seconds. I wouldn't advise making butter icing with a hand whisk... In fact, I don't actually think you could do it. So pop it in a mixer or use a hand whisk. It will seem at first like it's never going to come together, but persevere, it could take around 10 minutes for the butter cream to come together. The butter and the icing sugar will combine to form bread-crumb size pieces, these pieces will keep getting bigger until it finally creams and forms this delicious frosting! Add a splash of vanilla to flavour.
These cases were £1 for 75 from Sainsburys. They were absolutely brilliant as they didn't lose their colour when baked like so many other cheaper cases.
The cupcake toppers came in a Jubilee set from The Happy Cupcake Company. They were £4.50 for 100 cases and 50 toppers.