When Dr. Oetker got in touch and asked if I would like to recreate one of their recipes on the blog I didn’t have to be asked twice.
I use Dr. Oetker products regularly at home, I love their Fine Cooks 72% Extra Dark cooking chocolate ( good enough to nibble on while you bake ) plus they make excellent bits and bobs for decorating. As much as I love to bake and my cakes always turn out well, my decoration skills are…let’s say not quite as good although they are improving a bit with time and considerable effort.
I recently made this Elsa cake for my daughters fourth birthday:
I made the cake from scratch but the added extras including the blue frosting and the shimmer you can see across the cake came from Dr. Oetker products.
The recipe I was asked to create was for Macaroons. Now I have never made Macaroons before and here are some tips for making the process easier for yourself:
1. You NEED a piping bag. Don’t underestimate the importance of this.
2. You also NEED greaseproof paper or they WILL ALL stick to each and every baking tray you try.
3. Do not have small children running around poking their fingers in or generally messing everything up. As fun as it is…good Macaroons need patience and attention.
Want some more tips before you go any further? Check out this video:
We (myself and Izzy ) made these soft pink Macaroons with a purple buttercream liberally sprayed with shimmer. The twist here is that the purple buttercream is infused with lavender which tastes more than a bit awesome but more on that in a separate post.
These were slightly more rustic than I originally wanted but they worked and tasted great.
We also made these “princess” Macaroons which we simply filled with normal buttercream and rolled in some of the edible sugar decorations from the Dr. Oetker range. Don’t they look pretty?
And at the very last minute when the final batch were in the oven I realised that without the buttercream these are both gluten and dairy free so I filled some with the Dr. Oetker readymade blue frosting which is also conveniently dairy and gluten free which made them the perfect treat for Chloe. I can’t tell you how excited she was by them!
You can find the recipe on the Dr. Oetker site here.
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*I was compensated for my time in recreating this recipe.