Calling All “Beater Testers”!

This set of beta test recipes are all inspired by pins I have on my Pinterest “I Love Baking” board! I love Pinterest, and there’s so much there that I want to try!

How the “beta testing” works is that I try something new, and you tell me what you think! If you want to try one of these recipes, there’s a small price to cover the cost of the ingredients. These cupcake and cookie experiments will cost you R70 each. Cake and cheesecake experiments will cost you R100 each. Only one “batch” of each recipe is available, so its first-come-first-served. Your order will have to be collected from me in Midrand. Biscuits can wait for collection, but cakes and cupcakes and such need to be collected the day they are baked, or a day later at most.

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and tell me which one you would like to try, I will then email you further details.

So here’s the list of recipes I am going to be attempting.

  • Pineapple Upside Down cake x1
  • Oreo Cookies and Cream No-Bake cheesecake x1 This is now Louisa’s!
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise cookies x12 These are now Gina’s!
  • Strawberry Chocolate cookies x12 Cara wants these.
  • Snickers Caramel Cheesecake cookies x12 These are Anneke’s!
  • Gluten-free Shirley Temple cupcakes x12 Nadia wants to try these!
  • Nutella cupcakes x12 These are also Gina’s!
  • Peanut Butter with Peanut Butter Frosting and Jam cupcakes x12 These are Anneke’s too!

A Rainbow Cake!!!

This past Saturday was my youngest sister’s baby shower, and my sister and my mom and I had so much fun organising and setting up and such! And I thought a rainbow cake would be a perfect colourful ending to the day’s procedures. The cake took quite some time to prepare as each layer has to be coloured and baked seperately, and then they all have to cool before they can be stacked. I sandwiched the layers with strawberry and apricot jam, which perfectly tempered the sweetness of the cake and the icing on the outside. I have a wire cake cutter with which I can level the rounded tops of my baked cakes and this is very important when you want to stack them. This cake is a rather tall 16cm (an average 2 layer cake is about 10cm), not counting the height of the babies on top!

Do you remember the sugar paste babies I made? They were for my sister’s rainbow cake! I made a snail baby as well and this is what it looked like before it was cut.

7 layer rainbow cake

And this is what it looked like inside! All the colours are represented- red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet!

7 layer rainbow cake

And this is what a slice looked like!

7 layer rainbow cake slice

Jon’s 31st Birthday Cupcakes

Can you tell what Jon’s favourite colour is!? Jon’s girlfriend Sheena ordered a red velvet cake and a selection of cupcakes for his birthday celebrations, and in chatting to her I suggested we make the red velvet an orange velvet cake instead, since the colour isn’t what makes it taste so good!

I ringed the base of the triple layer, cream cheese icing covered, orange velvet cake with orange sugar crystals, put sugar paste lettering on spelling out Jon’s name, with a sugar paste “happy birthday” banner, and then formed a “31” with bright orange non-pareils! Jon and Sheena were very happy with the cake! I hope they took pictures coz I have no idea what it looked like inside!

Sheena also ordered cupcakes! The chocolate cupcakes are topped with chocolate butter icing and some more orange non-pareils, and the vanilla cupcakes are iced to look like my signature soft-serve cupcakes with flakes, but with orange and white two-one icing instead of pink and white butter icing!


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