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Diamond Cupcakes

5 Nov

Last month, my family and I celebrated my Grandparents’ Diamond wedding anniversary. That’s SIXTY years people. SIXTY! To celebrate, we held a tea dance, and I was privileged enough to be asked to bake some surprise cupcakes for the happy couple!

The celebration was really a double one, as I has just gotten engaged about 2 weeks before! So the diamonds were particularly apt!

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I made chocolate and vanilla cupcakes, in silver foil cases, and dusted with silver glitter.

Congrats to the happy couple, I just hope my fiancé and I make it that long!

Winter Tea Cakes

13 Jan

It’s well known that we Brits love tea time. Whether it’s tea and crumpets, or tea and cake, we’ll munch through it all! Today’s post is a lovely spiced tea cake recipe, perfect with a cup of tea when it’s cold outside.

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I added some dark chocolate and raspberries to top these off, but you could also use a dollop of whipped cream or add some frosting, or just serve warm!

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Ingredients (makes 24):

  • 360g plain flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 340g butter or dairy free spread (I used margarine)
  • 400g caster sugar
  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 250ml milk of choice
  • 200g dark chocolate (optional)
  • Raspberries or any other fruit (optional)

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 200°C
  • Grease 2 12-hole cupcake/muffin tins
  • Mix together the dry ingredients (flour/baking powder/spices) until combined
  • Cream together the butter and sugar until pale, then mix in the vanilla bean paste
  • Add in the butter+sugar mixture to the dry mix and add milk about 100ml at a time. Mix well.
  • Separate the eggs and mix in the yolks. Beat the whites until stiff peaks form
  • Fold the whites into the mixture until you cant see them and the mixture is light and fluffy
  • Divide the mixture into the cupcake tin (I use an ice cream scoop for this!)
  • Bake for 15-20 mins – until lightly browned and a skewer in the middle comes out clean
  • Transfer to wire rack and leave to cool
  • Whilst cakes are cooling, melt the chocolate in a bain-marie
  • Once cakes are cool, spread the chocolate on the top of the cakes and top with fruit of choice
  • SERVE with a nicely brewed cuppa!
*Recipe slightly adapted from Lily Vanilli

Minion Birthday Cake

27 May

I realise that it has been an absolute AGE since I have posted a new recipe for you guys, and i’m so sorry!

The reason: I’m on a healthy kick so its out with the junk and in with the greens… But I do have a DESPICABLE post for you today… a Minion birthday cake! If you’re familiar with the amazing animated film Despicable Me, you’ll know that these little characters are the best bit about film.

So here you go…. and dont forget to say BANANA as you take a bite!

Minion Cake

Minion Cake

It’s a pretty good likeness I think!

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I made this cake entirely out of buttercream as the birthday boy and I both have a dislike of fondant. And it cuts so well…

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Luckily the birthday boy loved it…. I hope you do too!

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Brownie Cookie Dough Cupcakes

15 Jan

My two favourite things. Brownies & cookie dough, brought together… In a cupcake. OMFG get in my face now!

Sumptuously tempting

Sumptuously tempting

These are crazy easy to make in just one evening with all the ingredients in your cupboards, and taste ridiculous. There’s a heft to them, they’re like a mini meal! Not for the faint hearted…

Don't eat all the cookie dough now!

Don’t eat all the cookie dough now!

Getting ready to frost

Getting ready to frost

The finished deal!

The finished cupcake!

I based my cupcakes on this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction. Quantities below make 20 cupcakes.

Ingredients:

  • For the cupcakes:
  • 225g dark chocolate chips or chopped up
  • 225g unsalted butter
  • 500g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 6 large eggs
  • 190g plain flour
  • Sprinkle of salt
  • For the cookie dough topping:
  • 225g unsalted butter
  • 330g soft & light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 320g plain flour
  • Sprinkle of salt
  • 235ml milk 
  • 150g milk chocolate chips

Method:

  • For the brownie cupcakes (mix by hand):
  • Melt the dark choc and butter in bain marie, set aside to cool.
  • When choc mixture has cooled, mix in sugar and vanilla.
  • Mix in eggs one at a time, until well incorporated
  • Sift in flour and salt and mix together until you have a thick, glossy batter.
  • Spoon into cupcake cases and bake on 180oC for 20-25 mins.
  • For cookie dough frosting (with hand or stand mixer):
  • Whisk together butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  • Add in vanilla and sift in flour
  • Add in milk to create a gooey cookie dough
  • Mix in chocolate chips by hand
  • When cupcakes are cooled, spoon on your frosting and fluff it up to look enticing! Decorate with smarties or sprinkles if you wish!

 

Chocolate Overload Cupcakes

29 Oct
Overloaded with chocolate!

Overloaded with chocolate!

These chocolate overload cupcakes are pure decadent, a light chocolate sponge, topped with a rick chocolate buttercream, drizzled with salted caramel sauce, and finally topped with a sprinkle of your favourite chocolate bar. These are definitely NOT for the faint-hearted but are definitely FOR you chocolate-lovers out there!

Chocolate Overload Cupcakes

Chocolate Overload Cupcakes

I’m drooling just thinking about them…

Recipe:

Cake:

  • 200g plain flour
  • 2tbs baking powder
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 80g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 240ml whole milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1tsp vanilla bean paste

Buttercream:

  • 280g butter, softened
  • 100g cocoa powder
  • 400g icing sugar

Caramel Sauce:

  • 75 grams best-quality unsalted butter
  • 50 grams soft light brown sugar
  • 50 grams caster sugar
  • 50 grams golden syrup
  • 125 ml double cream
  • 1 teaspoon fleur de sel

Method:

  • For the cake, mix the dry ingredients and butter together until mixture resembles breadcrumbs
  • Beat the milk and eggs together with vanilla and add to the cake mix a third at a time
  • Mix until all combined well
  • Scoop into cupcakes cases and back on 180oC for approx 15 mins or until a toothpick inserted into the cupcake comes out clean
  • For the buttercream, sift the cocoa powder and icing sugar together, add the butter and whisk on high
  • If needed add some milk or double cream to loosen the mixture.
  • Pipe onto cupcakes once cooled
  • For the sauce, melt the butter, sugars and golden syrup together in a heavy saucepan, swirling every now and again
  • Once the mixture is a bubbling, golden colour, add the cream and then the salt, to your taste
  • Stir with a wooden spoon and let cook for a minute or so more
  • Decant into a jug, and once cooled, drizzle over your cupcakes
  • Top with your favourite chocolate bar and serve
  • Eat. Immediately!
Cupcake gloriousness!

Cupcake gloriousness!

Another Bake Sale

21 Oct

Another weekend, another bake sale! Hi bakers, cakers and foodie fanatics. I’ve now fully moved into my new place, and after a couple of baking trial runs, I was ready for a MAMMOTH day of baking, in aid of my mum’s 115km trek for charity (for amazing kid’s charity One to One.)

For this occasion, I baked:

One very berry Victoria Sponge (with homemade berry coulis of course!)

One very berry Victoria Sponge (with homemade berry coulis of course!)

Melt in the mouth chocolate chip shortbread

Melt in the mouth chocolate chip shortbread

Pink vanilla cupcakes

Pink vanilla cupcakes

Chocolate Overload Cupcakes

Chocolate Overload Cupcakes

As well as some gorgeous gooey salted caramel brownies (not shown as they were gobbled up before I even got to take a picture!) We also had a velvety cheesecake, soft white choc and raspberry cookies, passion walnut cake, gluten free cupcakes, gingernut creams and a fabulous marble bundt cake!

Everyone had a brilliant time, and we raised nearly £350 for charity

Lots of other yummy bakes too!

Lots of other yummy bakes too!

Everyone loved the brownies and the choccy cupcakes, so i’ll be posting a recipe for those soon! What baking did you get up to this weekend?

Garden Tea Party

6 Sep

Farewells are a difficult thing, they are happy (if someone is embarking on something they have always wanted to do) and sad at the same time.  Last weekend was one of those bittersweet goodbyes, so of course there was a leaving party in the form of a garden tea party.

For this occasion, I baked 70 cupcakes in 2 different flavours, as well as 25 shortbreads and made a fruit salad!

Farewell cupcakes

Farewell cupcakes

 

Chocolate and Speculoos cupcakes accompanies by a Victoria Sponge cupcake

Chocolate and Speculoos cupcakes accompanies by Victoria Sponge cupcakes

 

Chocolate Chip Shortbread

Chocolate Chip Shortbread

The vanilla cupcakes had a spoonful of jam inside to make them into Victoria Sponge cupcakes, and I topped my chocolate cupcakes with a made up speculoos buttercream and drizzled them with a homemade salted caramel sauce. YUM!

Tea Table

Tea Table

 

Cupcakes on mini stands

Cupcakes on mini stands

We gave the gorgeous Sammy the send-off (to Australia!) of a lifetime, and I hope she’s amazingly happy over there! Good Luck!

Saying goodbye to the beautiful Sammy

Saying goodbye to the beautiful Sammy

And of course it’s never goodbye, it’s only Ta Ta for Now!

The Great Bake Day

26 Jun

12 hours of baking, 3 hours of eating and one very long day! Yesterday saw my first ever charity bake sale, and boy was it a good one!

Blueberry Bundt

Blueberry Bundt

Guinness Cupcakes

Guinness Cupcakes

Vanilla and Chocolate cupcakes

Vanilla and Chocolate cupcakes

Lemon poppyseed loaf

Lemon poppyseed loaf

Giant Red Velvet Cupcake

Giant Red Velvet Cupcake

Choc Chip Shortbread

Choc Chip Shortbread

Golden Brownies

Golden Brownies

 

The whole spread!

The whole spread!

 

I made Blueberry Bundt cake, chocolate, vanilla and guinness cupcakes, chocolate chip shortbread, red velvet giant cupcake, lemon poppyseed loaf cake, dairy and gluten free peanut butter caramel cookies, and brownies! I also had lots of help, with carrot cake, victoria sponge, cheesecake, teacakes, jam tarts, lemon meringue and cookies donated!

Golden Teacakes

Golden Teacakes

Victoria Sponge

Victoria Sponge

Thanks to everyone who came and raised over £200 for a great cause!

A very happy customer (boyfriend!)

A very happy customer (boyfriend!)

Tate and Lyle Tasting House

20 Mar

Last night felt like a dream, wandering through corridors of edible goodies, picking Macarons off banisters and eating pillows, taking bites out of a popcorn bath and picking apart a meringue rug….

But I wasn’t in a dream, I was in the Tate and Lyle Tasting House!

Enter into the tasting house

Enter into the tasting house

We were greeted with an array of macarons, covering the bannisters and every windowsill in sight!

Macaron Bannisters

Macaron Bannisters

 

Macarons displays ripe for the tasting!

Macarons displays ripe for the tasting!

The British golden syrup room was a wondrous display of golden syrup, one of my favourite baking ingredients.

Its the Golden Syrup lion!

Its the Golden Syrup lion!

Doughnut Tower

Doughnut Tower

 

Very Beritish Baking

Very British Baking

 

The second room we entered was the Pirates of the Carribean room, with a huge treasure chest made out of gingerbread! We spray painted our own gold doubloons, sampled the chocolate rum and raisin delights, and feasted on mountains of jewelled sweets!

An edible treasure chest of goodies

An edible treasure chest of goodies

An edible sword!

An edible sword!

Next we entered into the Mediterranean bedroom of delights, which might have been my favourite room!

Meringue rug of the sweetest, most delicious meringues I have ever tasted!

Meringue rug of the sweetest, most delicious meringues I have ever tasted!

 

Bath of caramel popcorn

Bath of caramel popcorn

 

Lustrous popcorn cupcakes

Lustrous popcorn cupcakes

From there, we entered into room of different edible delights, including a huge edible turtle, with real eggs filled with cake!

Turtle and eggs, all edible!

Turtle and eggs, all edible!

 

One of my favourite pieces was the 5 foot long Mardi Gras rainbow cake, so delicious I couldn’t tear myself away!

Taste the rainbow

Taste the rainbow

And the Easter Island mud cake statue!

Take a bite...

Take a bite…

Probably tying for my favourite room was the Mayan room, with a temple of fudge and delicious chocolate goodies, including a white chocolate heart filled with the gooiest salted caramel.

I worship your Sweetness!

I worship your Sweetness!

I genuinely had one of the best evenings of my life, and cant thank enough my buddies over at Tate and Lyle, Mischief PR and my lovely friend Gemma at GG Closet for getting me in to this wonderland!

I only wish I had some of the recipes for these amazing creations!

Guinness Cupcakes with Salted caramel buttercream

4 Feb

Todays cupcakes are the cupcakes I made for my own birthday (no cake is as good as homemade cake!) I’m a massive chocoholic as well as loving a challenge so I decided to make some cupcakes I had never attempted before.

I love the cake!

I love the cake!

Chocolate Guinness cupcakes with Salted Caramel Marscapone buttercream. Makes 36 approx.

Ingredients:
For the cake:

– 375 ml Guinness

– 330g butter

– 130g cocoa powder

– 400g plain flour

– 350g caster sugar

– 2 tbs baking powder

– pinch of salt

– 3 eggs

– 200g sour cream

For the buttercream:

– 150g caster sugar

– 150g light brown  sugar

– 75g unsalted butter

– 200ml single cream

– 75ml golden syrup

– pinch of salt

– 220g marscapone

– 110g butter

– 750g icing sugar

– 1/2 tsp Vanilla bean paste or 1 tsp vanilla essence

Method:

– Melt together the guinness and butter in a saucepan over a low heat

– When melted, sift in cocoa powder and leave to cool

– Sift in plain flour and baking powder, then add rest of cake ingredients into a bowl and mix well, using a hand or stand mixer.

– Add in chocolatey guinness mixture when cooled and mix well again.

– Scoop the batter (it will be quite wet) into cupcake cases with an ice cream scoop.

– Bake on 180oC for 15 minutes approx.Take out of pan and leave to cool.

– To make the salted caramel, put caster sugar into a pan with 25ml water and let boil (do NOT stir!) until sugar becomes darker. (Approx 8 mins)

– Add in butter, when that is melted add in brown sugar, cream and golden syrup.

– I made a softer sauce, so I let the caramel boil until 113oC then poured into a container.

– To make the buttercream, sift in icing sugar, then add in butter and marscapone, and 2 large scoops of caramel. Save the rest for drizzling!

– Mix well with a hand or stand mixer for about 4 mins, then pipe on top of cupcakes, and drizzle the caramel syrup on top.

– Top with a sprinkle of fleur de sel, and optionally, some glitter!

Look at these lovelies!

Look at these lovelies!

I like these cupcakes as they were moist and very rich, as well as being a proper dense yet satisfying cupcake, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do, and I recommend you have one with a cuppa… in fact that’s what im going to do right now!

Gimme one

Gimme one