I turn 23 a week today. I'm one of those people who gets far too excited about their birthday, so you're all just going to have to go along with the excitement until the celebrating is over. One way I'm planning on celebrating is to make a very pink cake: pink Swiss icing; white fluffy sponge; and to top it off, pink macarons. I wouldn't class it as a birthday cake as such, just a cake for me to celebrate with.
I feel like a bad villain in that I'm telling you my grand plans, and that now they'll inevitably fail, but I just wanted you to know that I have bigger plans for these macarons. They are just the start!
P.S. You wouldn't believe how much gel food colouring I added to these, only to achieve a baby pink shade. I'm hoping for a hot pink shade for the cake, but we'll have to see how much food colouring the icing will take...
- 230g Icing Sugar
- 115g Ground Almonds
- 4 Egg Whites
- 72g Caster Sugar
- 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- Pink Gel Food Colouring
- 150g White Chocolate
- 50mL Water
- Preheat the oven to 145C/130C fan. Line several baking trays with parchment paper or macaron moulds. If using parchment paper, use a shot glass or similar to draw circles on it as a piping guide, separating by about 1in. Pipe the macarons onto the side you didn't draw on (in theory the rings should still be visible).
- Sift the icing sugar and ground almonds into a bowl and place to one side.
- Place the egg whites and caster sugar in a mixing bowl and whisk on high for 6 minutes.
- Add the vanilla extract and as much food colouring as desired, then whisk for a further 2 minutes. The meringue should be so stiff that it stands upright on the whisk when you invert it and gets stuck inside the 'cage' of the whisk.
- Tip the icing sugar and ground almonds into the meringue. Fold it in, but as you fold it push down on the meringue as if you are trying to push the air out of it. Keep doing this, making sure you do this to the entire mixture, until a drop of the mixture disappears into the rest of the mixture after about 20 seconds.
- Pipe the macaron mixture onto the baking parchment.
- Pick up a baking tray and slam it down onto the worktop, then turn the tray 90 degrees and repeat. This helps any air bubbles in the mixture rise to the top. Repeat with your other trays of macaron mix.
- Bake for 25-30 mins, or until the macaron peels off the parchment without leaving behind any bits. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
- Make the white chocolate ganache by melting the chocolate, then stirring in the water once it has cooled slightly.
- Leave the mixture to cool, then use a teaspoon of it to sandwich two macaron pieces together.
If you need any extra help with macaron making, Stella at Bravetart is your girl.