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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!

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

A small batch of cupcakes

4 Jan

Sometimes in life, you only need a few cupcakes, whether it’s for a friend, or just for you! Last night I baked 6 perfect cupcakes for a colleague’s wife’s birthday, so I though I’d share with you the recipe.

Sweet and simple

Sweet and simple

Hard to resist...

Hard to resist…

I made chocolate chip cupcakes with a simple vanilla buttercream, as the birthday girl is also newly pregnant… congratulations!

Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 100g flour
  • 20g cocoa powder
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 40g butter
  • 120ml milk
  • 1 egg
  • Handful of chocolate chips (optional)
  • 125g butter
  • 250g icing sugar
  • dash vanilla bean paste or extract
  • dash of water
  • colouring + sprinkle optional!

Method:

  1. Sift flour, baking powder and cocoa powder together
  2. Add in sugar and 40g butter at room temperature and use electric or stand mixer to combine
  3. Whisk milk and egg and add slowly to the mixture
  4. Sprinkle in those chocolate chips and give one more good mix
  5. Spoon into cupcake cases and bake for 15-20 mins at 170oC
  6. When cupcakes are cooled, sift icing sugar into a bowl and add in butter at room temperature.
  7. With an electric or stand mixer, mix until well combined. Add in vanilla
  8. If the icing isn’t combining, add in a dash of cold water
  9. Colour if desired and swirl on top, adding in as much glitter and as many sprinkles as you want!
6 little cupcakes, all in a row!

6 little cupcakes, all in a row!

I hope the birthday girl enjoys these tomorrow, they will be hard to resist!

 

Superman Cupcakes

8 May

Sometimes in life you need to be a kid again… and celebrate with themed cupcakes! These Superman ones are extra fun and have the added bonus of having ring toppers so that guests get a small gift too! These were also ALL gluten free! Flavours were: Vanilla bean cupcakes and bite size brownie cupcakes with Marscapone topping. YUM!

From this…

To this…!

If you could theme cupcakes, what theme would they be?