Cupcakes at Carringtons and Tiramisu Macarons

I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Alexandra Brown’s Cupcakes at Carrington’s, the first in her new Carrington Department Store series.  It’s the story of Georgie, a young women’s accessories clerk at the fictional department store of Carringtons in the south of England.  Georgie really enjoys working with her friends, administrator Eddie and cafe owner Sam, especially gossiping over red velvet buttercream cupcakes!  But Georgie’s world turns upside down when American consultant Maxine is brought in to downsize Carrington’s – Georgie finds herself competing for her own job while romancing her boss James and new colleague Tom.

I happen to love novels which include mentions of baked goods – and this one is no different, making you crave some of the many baked goods Sam whips up in her cafe!  It’s definitely a light, fun read (perfect for the upcoming summer) and I would definitely recommend it for someone looking for a book to just relax and get lot in.  It’s definitely an escapist read!  I think my favourite part was the relationship between Georgie and her best friend, Sam.  It’s nice to see such a strong, supportive friendship and it’s a book I’m planning to pass along to my best friend!

cupcakes at carringtons alexandra brownIn addition to red velvet cupcakes with buttercream icing, there is frequent mention of the “golden coloured macarons” that Sam makes for special events.  I decided to go on a bit of a different route and make these lovely tiramisu macarons – they have a lovely golden colour!  This was my first time making macarons and I was very happy with the results!

Tiramisu Macarons (adapted from Saved by Cake)

Ingredients:

2 eggs white

160g caster sugar

120g ground almonds

120g icing sugar

1 tablespoon coffee powder dissolved in 1 tablespoon of boiling water (cooled to room temperature)

100g mascarpone cheese

1 tablespoon milk

1 tablespoon coffee powder dissolved in 1 tablespoon of boiling water (cooled to room temperature)

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Whip egg whites with a hand or stand mixer until the whites hold stiff peaks.

DSC_0261Gradually mix in caster sugar, icing sugar and ground almonds.

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Mix in the coffee and water combination.

DSC_0266Place the mixture in a piping bag and pipe into little circles on a baking sheet lined with baking paper (this is an absolute must for this recipe).

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There were be a little bit of a tip on top of the macaron, but try not to worry about that, as it will pop later on.  Let the piped macarons sit for half an hour.

DSC_0268Bake for half an hour at 140C.  Let it cool for several hours, then scrape the macarons off with a palate knife.  Once they’re totally cool, scrape off with a palate knife and mix the filling.  Whip the macarons with a mixer for several minutes, then add the milk and coffee water.  Scrape a small layer of the filling into the macaron and create a macaron “sandwich” – with two feet facing inwards.

Let it set for several hours, then enjoy this delicate and girly cake with a lovely cup of tea or coffee!

DSC_0295I read this book as part of the American Cupcake in London Cupcake Book Club.  If you want to see what other people thought of the book, feel free to check out her blog!

Bookclub-mediumI received a free copy of this novel from Harper Collins to review.  All opinions are my own.

 

 

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4 comments

  1. Wow Nick your macarons look amazing! Especially since they were your first time making them, Mine definitely wouldn’t look as snazzy

  2. You’re so lucky! I’m terrible at making macarons and you go and do a fabulous job on the first try! Thanks for joining the book club 🙂

  3. […] from Baking Beardy thought the book would be a great summer beach read. Georgie’s best friend Sam makes […]

  4. Have only tried to make macaroons once and it didn’t work so well! These look amazing! Bet they taste amazingas well, love tiramisu! I enjoyed the book too, it was an entertaining read!

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