Monday, 24 December 2012

A Christmas Eve Poem

'Twas the night before Christmas when all though Family Cakes,
Not a baker was stirring, not even for his mates.
The stockings were hung by the oven with care,
In hopes that Vincenzo soon would be there.

The employees were nestled all snug in their beds,
while visions of mince pies danced through their head.
When out in the kitchen there rose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.

When what should I see that surely wasn't fake,
But a miniature pie and eight tiny cupcakes.
With a little old baker, so lively making flan,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Dan.

More rapid than a factory, muffins he made,
And he whistled and shouted and called them by name,

A bundle of ingredients he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
But I heard him exclaim, as he drove out of sight.

Merry Christmas from all of us here at Family Cakes

Thursday, 20 December 2012

An American Sweet

Our next recipe comes from our American intern, Michael.  He wanted to share with you a delicacy called "Puppy Chow."  Despite the name, this is NOT for dogs whatsoever.  It is a tasty treat most popular in the American Midwest like in Michael's home state of Minnesota. It is a great snack for kids to help mum or dad make because it's quick and simple.  Here's Michael's recipe for traditional Puppy Chow.


  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 9 cups malted wheat cereal
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
Combine the peanut butter, butter, and chocolate chips in  microwave safe bowl.
Microwave for one minute then stir together thoroughly.
Add vanilla and stir well.
Place the 9 cups of cereal in a very large, separate bowl.
Pour the peanut butter-chocolate mixture over the cereal and toss evenly, making sure all the cereal gets a good covering.
Place the powdered sugar in a large zip-lock like plastic bag.
Add the peanut butter-chocolate-cereal mixture into the bag about 3/4 full.  (You may need to split up the total amount into smaller batches)
Shake the bag vigorously to evenly coat each cereal piece in powdered sugar.
Place in a large serving bowl and place in the refrigerator for a few hours.
Enjoy the deliciousness! 

Saturday, 15 December 2012

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter comes to edible life at FCC! Our witch Anna and wizard Vincenzo have worked their magic transforming J.K. Rowling's hugely popular series in a fantastic cake!  They've conjured up some of their bakery potions in Professor Daniel's class to make this as sweet as anything you would find at Honeyduke's Sweets Shop. Fly around chasing the snitch on the Quidditch pitch or learn how to fight off the Dark Lord in a Defense Against the Dark Arts book. And let the sorting hat tell you which slice to eat first!

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Mince Pie Recipe

One of the greatest seasonal treats we all love are mince pies.  Originating in the 13th century, the pies were a combination of meat, fruits and spices.  Most recipes since have become sweeter and no longer contain the meat portion but it is still tradition for them to be eaten in throughout December.  Mince pies are easy homemade goodies so here is a simple recipe to help feed your friends and family.  Why? Because Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without them!


  • 225g cold butter; diced
  • 350g plain flour
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 280g mincemeat
  • 1 small egg

Rub butter into flour
Mix in caster sugar and a pinch of salt
Combine pastry into a ball and knead briefly
Preheat the oven to 200 C/gas 6/fan 180C
Line 18 holes of two 12 hole patty tins by pressing small walnut sized balls into each hole
Spoon mincemeat into pies
Take smaller balls of pastry and pat out in hands making round lids big enough to cover the pies
Top the pies with the lids pressing the edges gently together to seal
Beat the egg and brush the tops of the pies
Bake 20 minutes
Let cool for 5 minutes in tin then move to wire rack