Essential ingredients: M&Ms
So many ingredients, I find, are completely disregarded despite their true, unappreciated quality. I would like to use one of my key ingredients, M&Ms as an example, and prove to those who are currently unaware of the amazing things that can be done with them!
M&Ms are a lot bigger in America as far as I'm aware, but in my opinion (And sorry patriarchs) they beat smarties hands down. Not only are they rounder in shape, but they come in so many more varieties! There's chocolate, there's peanut, there's even crunchy and, to my recent discovery, M&Ms minis are even available on the market!
But oh yes, there's more! If you are an American viewer you may be laughing at my pure amazement but I have to say, no one can deny that this list of flavours is beyond impressive!!!
(Unfortunately some were just limited edition..but I've found a few of them on Amazon!)
-Dark chocolate peanut
Not only is there an insanely extensive range of flavours, there are characters, products, and even an M&Ms World in London which has every colour and hue of M&M you could possibly ask for, giant moving M&Ms and a machine tells you which colour you are! (I'm green apparently.)
(Being English, I've been to the one in Leicester square, but feel free to visit it in Las Vegas!)
Now, you may be thinking, "WOW M&MS ARE AMAZING! I'M GONNA GO BUY MILLIONS!" and yes, I advice that you do. But I also feel I should answer the more important question of, "How does this relate to the title, 'Cake Guru'?", and right you are again. As this blog is dedicated to all things Cake, bake and basically just tasty, I advise you to try out these marvellous ingredients, test their purpose-re-invent their purpose-as cooking ingredients!
The list of possible recipes is incredible! Experiment! You don't even need a recipe, take a simple regular recipe and throw some M&Ms in, my example (Taken from; http://www.channel4.com/4food/recipes/baking/cakes/cupcakes/plain-cupcakes-recipe)
There's even a handy tool on the website with some recipes and ideas!
So why not try some M&M baking! You could do brownies, cookies, pies, cheesecakes, ice creams, truffles, cakes and so much more!
Ah, but as the owner of a cake (and more specifically cake decorating) business, I suggest a challenge, try out some of the amazing M&M decoration ideas out there! Check out the top 10 cupcakes post, there are some pretty nifty M&Ms minis ideas! (Brilliant for eyes!) Or you could attempt some of these...