Saturday, 13 October 2012

Mini Christmas Cakes & Win cake decorating goodies with Dr Oetker


If you're a fan of home baking, then you're probably more than aware that Dr Oetker do a pretty fab range of icings, colours, sprinkles and embellishments. Certainly my own baking cupboard is over-flowing with shimmer pearls and polka dots!  

Today I have a little giveaway for you as the nice people at Dr Oetker have given me some supplies to share with you.  The pack I've got to share with you is pretty much perfect for Christmas and is worth around £32.


The selection will include cake release spray, two bright food gels, gold and silver shimmer spray, soft gold and soft silver pearls, vanilla cupcake easy swirl, white regal-ice ready to roll icing and white, milk and dark fine cooks chocolate.

If you're planning any Christmas baking this would certainly help you on your way!

Before I get on with the giveaway, I want to share a recipe from Dr Oetker and an example of how you could use these products!


Mini Christmas Cakes
(Makes 9)

Ingredients

Dr. Oetker Cake Release Spray
500g (1lb 2oz) dried fruit
10ml (2tsp) Dr. Oetker Natural Lemon Extract
30ml (2tbsp) orange flavour liqueur
75g (3oz) unsalted butter, softened
75g (3oz) dark brown sugar
15ml (1tbsp) treacle
2 medium eggs, beaten
115g (4oz) plain flour
3.75ml (3/4tsp) Dr. Oetker Baking Powder
10ml (2 tsp) ground cinnamon
225g (8oz) Dr. Oetker Marzipan
30ml (2 tbsp) Dr. Oetker Apricot Glaze or clear honey
A little icing sugar for dusting
225g (8oz) Dr. Oetker White Regal-Ice
Ready to Roll Icing

To Decorate:
Dr. Oetker Gold and Silver Shimmer Sprays
Dr. Oetker Soft Silver Pearls

Method

Preheat the oven to 170°C (150°C fan assisted oven, 325°F, gas mark 3). Lightly spray 9 x 115ml (4fl.oz) baking moulds or muffin tins with Cake Release Spray. Mix the dried fruit with the Natural Lemon Extract and orange liqueur, and set aside.

In a mixing bowl, beat the butter, sugar and treacle together until soft and creamy then beat in the eggs. Sift the flour, Baking Powder and spice on top and add the fruit mixture. Carefully mix all of the ingredients together and then spoon half the mixture into the prepared tins to half fill them.

Divide the Marzipan into 9 pieces and form each into discs to cover the cake mixture in the tins. Spoon over the remaining mixture and smooth the tops. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until golden and firm to the touch. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then loosen with a knife and turn on to a wire rack to cool. Wrap up the cakes well and store for at least 24 hours before decorating.

When ready to serve the cakes, brush the cake tops with Dr. Oetker Apricot Glaze or a little honey. Lightly dust the work surface with icing sugar and roll out the Regal-Ice Ready to Roll Icing to a thickness of 5mm (1/4inch) thick. Cut out discs of icing the same size as the top of your cakes, re-rolling as necessary, and secure on top of each cake. Reserve the Regal-Ice Ready to Roll Icing trimmings. Alternatively, leave the tops uniced.

Finishing - To decorate, roll out the trimmings thinly and cut out stars and snowflakes using small cutters. Spray the stars with Gold or Silver Shimmer Spray, place onto the top of the cakes and decorate with Soft Silver Pearls as desired. Decorate the cakes with ribbon to serve.

Tip - These cakes are ready to eat within a couple of days of days of baking, but will keep, well wrapped and stored in an airtight container for about a month.

How to win...


If you want to get your hands on this great selection of products from Dr Oetker all you have to do is leave a comment below telling me what your favourite Christmas food is. (Mine's easy - mince pies every time! With lashings of cream obviously...)  Please also send a quick email to hello@athomewithmrsm.com so that I am able to contact the winner.  

The giveaway closes on Friday 26th October 2012 and the winner will be chosen at random. 

After the giveaway as ended your email address will be deleted and not used for any other purposes. The prize will be sent direct from the PR company and contents may change slightly depending on availability.


Good luck!



65 comments:

  1. OOh they would come in very hand for a budding baker who is slowly gaining confidence in the kitchen - mine is also Mince Pies warmed with a big dollop of Brandy Butter - yummmm. Off to send an email xx Thank you for the chance to win xx

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  2. I LOVE the turkey with parsnips :-)

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  3. It says your email not valid ?

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    1. Very strange! It should be okay, if all else fails you can use athomewithmrsm@btinternet.com

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  4. Yup, definitely mince pies for me too!

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  5. Oh my goodness, how to choose?! I love Christmas cake, mince pies, brandy butter, sprouts, gingerbread... Christmas is delicious!

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  6. Mince pies, cream and little orange zest! I've been trying to resist them in the shops. I'm thinking November is a good time to start!

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  7. nince pies and clotted cream

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  8. Oh dear thats hard, but I love my whole Christmas dinner. That satisfying feeling when its on the plate and I'm tucking in. Yum!

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  9. I love my mum's Christmas ham... and the subsequent lentil soup made with the stock! Yum yum!

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  10. ooh so many things to choose from! Has to be my hubby's Chocolate Chestnut pudding though.

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  11. My favorite Christmas treat is Polish, Angel Wing cookies (Kruschiki) it's a family tradition at Christmas. Here's a link for recipe http://mollybee-tidbits.blogspot.co.uk/2011/12/kruschiki.html

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  12. My favourite Christmas treet has to be yule log- yummy

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  13. I love Stollen - reminds me of home :)

    @caro_mad

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  14. Chocolate Yule log is definitely my favourite Christmas treat. I do however love roast turkey with all the trimmings too! :)

    @theminimesandme x

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  15. Christmas pudding or mince pies with custard and plenty of brandy. Yum.

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  16. A Christmas treat we have is home made florentines - great for me as I'm anti raisins and sultanas but I do love chocolate!

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  17. My favourite is the Christmas dinner itself - roast turkey, bread sauce and roast potatoes are the best!

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  18. mY FAVOURITE XMAS FOOD WOULD HAVE TO BE HONEY GLAZED PARSNIPS WRAPPED IN BACON, ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS.

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  19. Would have to be Christmas cake, can't beat a slice with a cup of tea or a little Christmas sherry :-)

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  20. Hhhhmmmm its either the Yule Log (ie chocolate cake) or the Roast Turkey especially with Onion Sauce. Or it could be the salmon mousse we always make....

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  21. Pigs in blankets with cranberry sauce!

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  22. My fav xmas food is the main dinner

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  23. My most favourite has to be Christmas Eve pork pie with the addition of a glass of port & lemon.... Ah Christmas :)

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  24. Chocolate yule log or stollen. I can't decide!

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  25. I love my mum's Christmas trifle but I also can't stop with the Christmas pudding and the mince pies. Oh tough choices! x

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  26. My favourite Christmas food is German ginger biscuits with icing on top and jam inside. Mmm.

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  27. It's a toss up between Port and Stilton and a glass of Baileys over Ice. Either way alcohol is involved.

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  28. Ooh, that looks excellent! Christmas Cake or Stollen are my favourites. No, Christmas Cake definitely!

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  29. Christmas Pudding! Everytime.

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  30. Turkey with all the trimmings but it MUST be with bread sauce

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  31. CHRISTMAS PUDDING AND BRANDY CREAM NOM NOM NOM

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  32. In Romania for Christmas we eat pork as a tradition. And my favourite food have to be the sausages made from scratch at home.

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  33. My favourite christmas food is CHOCOLATE CAKE :3
    MICHELE MARINO
    FACEBOOK http://www.facebook.com/michele.marino.942

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  34. Mince pies and Christmas Cake from Greggs

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  35. Has to be Christmas Pudding for me!

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  36. Roast dinner with all the trimmings

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  37. Leftover Turkey Sandwiches!

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  38. My favourite Christmas food is mince pies too, warm with brandy butter

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  39. It's difficult to pin point one particular Christmas food as I like it all! But I suppose as I'm a lover of marzipan then it would have to be those cute little marzipan fruits.

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  40. Mince Pies and Cointreau flavured cream, yum!

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  41. Roast Chestnuts. I've just passed a shop this evening where they had some chestnuts outside. I got excited about Christmas lunch at the sight of them.

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  42. Chocolate cake & cream :o) x

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  43. warm mince pies, vanilla ice cream and a bit of xmas pu on the side mmmmm

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  44. chocolate yule log...love it yummmy

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  45. Turkey with what my mother calls poor mans sage and onion stuffing. There is no sausage meat in the stuffing just torn up bread mixed with lots of boiled onions and loads of sage, seasoned with salt and pepper and then baked in the oven. I love it! :)

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  46. Oooo love Christmas dinner! The turkey, the parsnips everything about the actual meal!

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  47. My faves are : turkey, mince pies and smoked salmon, ohhh i do love Christmas food!!

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  48. Oooh love xmas food, from turkey to mince pies,
    not forgetting yule log, cake and clementines

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  49. I have a big sweet tooth, so it would have to be a yule log; chocolate sponge and icing yum!

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  50. I love Spekulaters, but find them quite hard to get hold of in this country x

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  51. sugared almonds and chocolate brazils.....they remind me of the christmas stocking i used to get off my nan :)

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  52. mince pie topped with marzipan and a cherry

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