The theme for our July 2012 meeting ended up being a little tongue in cheek. You see, the Olympics were just around the corner and as they were being hosted in London it was a really big deal, so we were planning to have an Olympic themed meeting in July. However, shortly before our July meeting, we came across an article about the Olympics' special copyright laws, and a certain cake decorating competition that was threatened with court action for breaching that copyright law by having an Olympic theme for their 2012 competition.
Now, we law-abiding bakers at the Cake'n'Bake Club didn't want to breach any copyright, so we decided to change our theme to "not-the Olympics". We ended up with some really creative bakes, such as a Wimbledon cake, and some non-Olympic ring donuts. My take on the non-Olympic theme was to make some gold medal biscuits to give to people for non-sport related achievements, like this:
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 12-15 minutes
Makes 16 medals
85g caster sugar
Almond flavouring, to taste
4-5 cherry drops, crushed
170g plain flour
100g white chocolate
Gold edible shimmer spray (I LOVE this stuff!)
Writing icing, to decorate (optional)
- Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
- Beat the margarine and sugar together until pale and creamy, then stir in the almond flavouring, crushed cherry drops and flour until the mixture comes together to form a dough.
- Lightly flour the work surface, then roll the dough out to 1 cm thick. Cut circles out and place these onto the prepared baking tray, leaving at least a cm gap between each. cut out a small circle at the top of each cookie for the ribbon, then bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
- Once the cookies are cool, thread a little bit of ribbon through each. Melt the white chocolate and then spread generously over the top of each cookie, then leave to one side to set.
- Once the chocolate has set, spray the cookies gold by following the directions on the can of edible spray. Use your writing icing pen to write on each medal why the receiver deserve this Olymp-bic medal - favourites of mine were "champion eater" and "best helper" :-)