Vampire Themed Blood Rimmed Cocktail Glasses

Whether decorating glasses for adults to drink cocktails from or for children to have their juice in, these blood rimmed candy drip cocktail glasses will both impress everyone and look amazing!

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The candy blood is very simple to make (and ever so delicious). The following is a recipe for how to make the blood candy and how to apply it your glasses to achieve such a great effect:

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup sugar
  2. 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  3. 1/2 cup water
  4. Red food coloring (liquid, not gel

Directions:

1. After adding the sugar, syrup and water into a pan wide enough to fit the drinking rim of your glasses, place the pan on a medium to high heat and cook the mixture without stirring it until it reaches a temperature of around 150oC

2. Add the liquid red food colouring – about 15-20 drops depending upon how dark you wish for it to be.

3. Turn the heat down to low and whilst the mixture is still hot, dip the top of your cocktail glasses into the liquid candy (as deeply as you would like the candy rime to go) and then whilst using an oven mitt to avoid burning turn the glass the correct way up and place on top of greaseproof parchment paper to dry. The thick consistency of the liquid whilst it is drying will allow it to drip down the glass creating a blood like effect.

*Please Note* – The type of glasses that you use can be affected by the liquid candy, for example cocktail glasses made of glass will be OK however cocktail glasses that are made of plastic may melt slightly under the heat of the heated liquid candy.

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World Social Media Day

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Well it may be the first day of the week, but it is in fact the last day of the month and the last day of June brings with it Mashable’s World Social Media day.

This year sees the Fifth Annual Social Event take place after Mashable launched the event in 2010 in order to celebrate the digital revolution happening around the world and celebrate the profound effect it has had on our lives, especially in how we do business and interact with one another.

There are many parties across the globe to attend or why not even hold your own social media party?

For those of you that fancy joining an already existing shin dig the following link will take you to where you can find one in your area….

http://www.meetup.com/Mashable/

For those of you wanting the challenge of throwing your own party, why not invite some friends round and have a bash at making some Social Media inspired cake pops for you to enjoy!

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This delicious recipe will make around 20 Vanilla flavoured cake pops:

Cake Pop Recipe:

Ingredients:

Vanilla Cake:

  • 120g of Softened Unsalted Butter
  • 150g of Unrefined Caster Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 free range eggs – at room temperature
  • 180g of Self Raising Flour
  • 4 tbsp of milk – at room temperature

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting:

  •  80g of Softened, Unsalted Butter
  • 40g of Softened Cream Cheese
  • 200g of Sifted Icing Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Extra Items:

  • Candy Melts  – in your preferred colours to decorate the cake pops
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Lollipop Sticks

Vanilla Cake Method:

  1.  Preheat your oven to 180oC/Gas Mark 4
  2. Lightly grease and flour a 25cm round or 20cm square cake tin.
  3. Cream the butter and the sugar together until the mixture becomes light and fluffy, once thoroughly mixed add the vanilla extract to the creamed butter and sugar and mix in.
  4. One at a time, add the eggs ensuring that you mix well between each addition. Add half of the flour and then half of the milk and mix until fully combined. Repeat again with the rest of the flour and milk.
  5. Pour the mixture into your already prepared tin and bake for about 35-45 mins, or until a cocktail stick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  6. Once baked, remove the cake from tin and leave to cool on a wire rack.

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting Method:

  1. Cream the butter and cream cheese together
  2. gradually add the sugar and continue to cream until light and fluffy.
  3. finally mix in the vanilla
  4. refrigerate for about 30 mins before using.

Candy Pops Construction Method:

  1. Crumble the cake thoroughly in a large mixing bowl, using your hands can create a finer crumb although you can use your food processor if you wish. It might be worth noting also that the crusts of the cake if left on when crumbing may create lumps in your mixture and so removing then with a sharp knife first is something to consider.
  2. Once the cake has been crumbled as finely as possible, take your fristing, a heaped tablespoon at a time and being mixing it in with the crumbs
  3. It may be that you do not need all of the frosting, this will depend upon hjow moist your cake is, so take care to add just a little at a time.
  4. Keep mixing until you have a fudge-like texture. To see if it’s ready, squeeze a little of the mixture in your palm, it shouldn’t crumble but it should be pliable.
  5. Please note that by adding too much frosting the mixture will become soggy, sticky and heavy and the cake pops will just fall off the sticks when you dip them.
  6. Wrap your mixture in cling film and refrigerate for about an hour. Remember the mixture should be firm but not too hard to work with.
  7. Break off a small pieces of the mixture at a time about the size of a ping pong ball, shape with your hands each piece in the shape of a cube, placing each of them of a tray lined with baking paper. Refrigerate for a further 15-20 mins or long enough so that they are firm.
  8. Whilst, they are chilling make up your candy melts.
  9. Place the candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl – make sure that you separate all the different colours you wish to use into different bowls. Place the bowl in the microwave on medium for 1 minute.
  10. take the candy melts out and stir thoroughly, they may have only just started to melt, place them back in the microwave and melt for a further 30 seconds.
  11. Stir again, making sure that you scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl. Return to the microwave for a final 30 seconds, then give the mixture a final stir. Candy Melts does not normally achieve the same silky, runny consistency that you would get with melted chocolate, so to make it easier to work with, you can add 1-2 tablespoons of vegetable oil per 400g bag of candy melts. Work enough oil into the candy to create a silky consistency.
  12. Take your cake cubes out of the fridge and then taking your lollipop sticks one at a time, dip the end of the stick into the candy melts and immediately push the stick about half way through the dough cube, ensuring that it isn’t too deep or shallow. Leave on the tray for the candy to set which should only take about 1 or 2 minutes.
  13. Once all the sticks are set in place, you can now decorate them to look like your favourite social media themes using the rest of the melted candy.
  14. for the main colour of the candy, ensure there is enough melted dip in the bowl so that you don’t need to tilt it and can fully tip the mixture into the candy to coat it. Repeat with all your cake pops.
  15. Once this layer has been set you can use the end of lollipop sticks or unused/clean paintbrushes to decorate them up with your favourite logos and themes.

We hope you have a fantastic Social Media Day, whether you are attending a patru ort hosting one and remember to share your experiences with #SMDAY

 

Game of Thrones Inspired Recipes

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And so, the end is near and we face the finale of Game of Thrones Season 4 and we are absolutely gutted.

With a heavy heart we tune in tonight to see what other chaos writer George R R Martin is intending to rain on the residents of Westeros and the cities across the narrow sea.

Will our questions be answered? – Will Arya escape the Hound? Will our favourite Lannister have his clever, witty and sharp minded noggin removed from his body? And will Sam be right? Will Mance really flay and boil Jon Snow alive? – Or will we be left on the edge of a torturous cliff hanger? If any of the previous episodes and seasons are anything to go by, I think we all know the answer to that.

So instead of getting all glum, why not throw a season finale party and celebrate a fantastic series with some of these Game of Thrones inspired recipes:

1. Hot Pie’s Direwolf Bread:

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Let’s not lie, as soon as we saw the direwolf shaped bread that Hot Pie gave to Arya in Season 3 we all wanted to try one, and now we can! The following recipe will allow you to bake around 3 direwolves 😉

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of course wholemeal flour
  • 3 cups of fine wholewheat flour
  • 1.tsp baking soda
  • 1.tsp baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 6 tbs. butter
  • 4 tbs. honey
  • Buttermilk
  • 1 Beaten egg or Milk (For coating the top before baking)

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to the moderate temperature of Gas Mark 4/180oC/350oF.
  2. Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Then rub in the butter, until the mixture forms a small breadcrumb texture.
  4. Add the honey and stir until completely mixed in, pour in some buttermilk but only enough so that you are left with a soft and workable dough. Be careful not to make the mixture too sticky.
  5. Place to the dough on a floured board/worktop and roll it out into around 1/2” thickness and then carefully with a sharp knife cut into the shape of the direwolf.
  6. When happy with your individual bread pieces, transfer them onto a baking sheet lined with parchment/greaseproof paper.
  7. Brush all over with the beaten egg or milk and place in the preheated oven.
  8. Bake for roughly 20 mins or until golden brown.

2. Sweet Jars of Wildfire:

Reminiscent of the night that the whole of Kings Landing was glowing eerily green with wild fire and Tyrion embraced his inner warrior this simple dessert recipe is very easy although very effective:

What You’ll Need:

  •  Small masonry topped jars
  • Green Jelly (Hartley’s Lime Jelly is a rather good choice)
  • Labels with ‘Wild Fire’ written on them

Method:

  1.  Follow the instructions on your chosen packet of green jelly to melt down your jelly into a measuring jug.
  2. Once your jelly is in a liquid format, pour the mixture into your small masonry topped jars.
  3. Once your jars have been filled, ensure that the outside of the bottle is completely dry before adding your ‘Wild Fire’ labels to the outside.
  4. Once your jars are completed place in the fridge to set the jelly, and take out just before serving

3. Creamcakes of Dorne

To commemorate our late and valiant Prince ‘Red Viper’ Oberyn of Dorne, why not sit down and indulge in a Dornish inspired creamcake:

Ingredients:

Ingredients required for Pastry:

  •  3 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • ¼ cup of warm water
  • A pinch of Saffron

Ingredients required for Filling:

  • 2 cups of single cream
  • 4 eggs
  • Pinch of Cardamom
  • Pinch of Cinnamon
  • 56.7g/2oz of butter
  • 1 tsp. rose water
  • 2 tbs. icing sugar for dusting
  • Garnish with crushed pistachios or candied fruits, whichever you prefer

Method for Making the Pastry:

  1. Mix the flour and sugar together in a bowl.
  2. Place the warm water in a measuring jug and add the pinch of saffron to it for about 5 minutes, or long enough until the water has taken on a slight yellow tint.
  3. Once the water is ready, pour a small amount at a time into the flour and sugar mixture, combining and kneading until you have a large ball of dough in your bowl.
  4. Place the dough ball on a floured board or surface and roll out to about a ¼” thickness and cut the mixture into 2” in diameter rounds.
  5. Press each of these rounds into a greased and floured, mini muffin pan and bake for around 5 minutes at Gas Mark 4/180oC/350oF.
  6. Remove from the pan and leave them to cool.

Method for the Filling:

  1. Combine the cream and one beaten egg into a medium sized saucepan.
  2. Slowly bring the mixture to a simmer.
  3. In a separate bowl beat the remaining three eggs.
  4. Whisk the eggs quickly whilst gradually pouring in about 1 cup of the cream and egg mixture.
  5. When fully whisked and the entire mixture back into the saucepan adding the spices, butter and rose water and place on a medium heat stirring as it thickens.
  6. Once it has thickened, remove it from the heat and let it cool.

Method for Completing the Creamcakes:

  1. Spoon the filling into the prepared shells.
  2. Dust the top with icing sugar
  3. Top with your garnish of choice.

Here in the Fancy Crafting office we will be preparing these recipes and then settling down in front of the tellybox to see how season 4 climaxes, and we surely won’t let the prospect of waiting until next year for out next batch of episodes get us down.

However, we would like to say that should anyone need us over the next 6 months we will be cocooned in our duvets, watching reruns of old episodes whilst reciting the vows of the Nights Watch 😉

‘Night gathers, and now my watch begins.

It shall not end until my death.

I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children.

I shall wear no crowns and win no glory.

I shall live and die at my post.

I am the sword in the darkness.

I am the watcher on the walls.

I am the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn,

The horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men.

I pledge my life and honour to the Night’s Watch, for the night and all the nights to come.’