Archive | May, 2011

Easy Peasy Vanilla Cupcakes

26 May

Want to get in on the cupcake craze? Vanilla cupcakes are really simple and quick to make, and can definitely impress your friends!

Plus they make a great weekend snack!


  • 4oz butter (112 grams)
  • 4oz caster sugar (112 grams)
  • 4oz self raising flour (112 grams)
  • 2 large eggs
  • A splash of vanilla essence
  • (I call this my 4-4-4-2 recipe – a nod to you football fans out there!)


This couldn’t be easier!
Melt the butter for 30 seconds in the microwave. Sift the flour and add it to the butter.

Add the rest of the ingredients, and either mix together by hand or beat with an electric mixer. When all your ingredients are combined, spoon into paper cases. This makes about 12 cupcakes! Bake on 180˚C for 12-14 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a cupcake comes out clean (no wet batter.)

Buttercream Icing


  • 500g icing sugar
  • 250g softened butter
  • A splash of vanilla essence
  • Tablespoon water


Sift the icing sugar into a big mixing bowl, add the butter, vanilla and dash of water. Use a hand mixer (mine was £5!) whisk on a medium speed until all ingredients are combined and creamy. Taste!

You can either dollop this on the top, or if you’re feeling like a challenge, try piping it!

If you reeeallly want to impress, then you can colour the icing, buy some cool sprinkles, sprinkle some glitter and decorate away!

Food Bloggers Connect – Sponsor me!

26 May

Lots of Foodie bloggers, all in one room? That’s my dream!

I have found the ultimate conference, Foodie Bloggers Connect:

I would love to go to this however sadly my budget cannot afford the £300 😦 However if you would like to sponsor me, (pay for my ticket!) please email

For sponsorship, I will happily give you 5 product blogs, plus a sidebar icon, and numberous tweets from the conference mentioning your company!

*Disclaimer: cheeky blog post alert!

Newborn Baby Cupcakes

18 May

What could sweeten the arrival of a newborn baby more than a fresh batch of celebration cupcakes?!

I baked a dozen matching lemon and chocolate blue/brown themed cupcakes for a very special order! A lot of love and care was put into these, especially for the new parents!

Batch 1: 6 vanilla cupcakes with baby-boy-blue lemon buttercream

Batch 2: 6 chocaholic cupcakes with Cadburys buttercream and giant choc button

Finished off with a dusting of multi coloured glitter and a yellow or blue star!