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Christmas cupcakes

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 🙂 For Christmas this year I’ve decided to bake Christmas cupcakes and a chocolate chip banana cake as we had some left over bananas to use up. For the Christmas cupcakes I used my “go to cupcake recipe” but added a chocolate sauce to the mixture to make gooey chocolate filled cupcakes. I decorated with red / pink icing and Christmas themed sprinkles / iced decorations. Makes: 12 cupcakes Ingredients 125g butter 125g Self raising flour 125 Caster sugar 2 Eggs 1/2 tsp Vanilla flavouring 12 cupcake cases Chocolate sauce (for the filling) Read More…

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Mince pies

Last December, I baked a gingerbread house and mince pies for the Christmas period. I’ve yet to decide what I’ll be doing this year, yet, but wanted to share the mince pies made last year. Since I forgot to! … Better late than never? You will need 500g pack sweet or dessert shortcrust pastry Plain flour, for dusting 300g mincemeat Milk, for glazing Method Pre heat oven to 200C/180C fan/ gas 6. Roll out the pastry on a flour-dusted surface. Stamp out circles of pastry with an 8cm cutter and press into silver pastry cases. Spoon a little mincemeat into Read More…

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Gifts for Bakers

Ever struggle with what to get for the baker in your life? If they’re anything like me they probably already have just about every baking related thing ever invented – OK, that’s an exaggeration, but, still it can be difficult buying gifts for bakers. How about a hamper full of stocking fillers like baking supplies, equipment etc? I’d be happy to receive something like this and often ask for flavourings or piping nozzles in my stocking. I’ve included the more unusual / novelty items in this list and tried to cater to all budgets. Personalised Wooden Cupcake Spoon £8.50 Ferris Read More…

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Apple Crumble Cake

A colleague at work brought in a bag full of cooking apples from his tree, free to anyone who wanted some. I took 6 and decided to have a try at my first apple crumble cake. I adapted an apple crumble cake recipe I found on Pinterest for self raising flour (I’m out of baking powder)… Here’s the result. 🙂 You will need 7″ (18cm) round cake tin 75g unsalted butter 225g self raising flour 50g caster sugar A pinch of ground cinnamon (optional) 450g apples (cooking apples if available) 1 medium egg 1-2 tbsp milk Confectioners sugar to dust Read More…

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Weight Watchers cupcake recipe

It’s National cupcake week and mum asked if I could bake some Weight Watchers friendly cupcakes for her to take to her weekly meeting. I used a Weight Watchers cupcake recipe found in the online community and made a few changes (removed the added salt, used a different way of decorating and flavouring). Makes: 12 cupcakes Pro points value per serving: 4 You will need 110 g Caster Sugar 110 g Margarine, Soft 2 medium eggs 110 g White Self Raising Flour 1 teaspoons (level) Strawberry flavouring Confectioners sugar Strawberries Method Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4/180°C/fan oven 160°C. Read More…

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My go to cupcake recipe

I love to bake, especially cupcakes. Typically I’ll bake cupcakes for any holiday throughout the year – birthdays, Easter, Halloween, Christmas etc. This week is National Cupcake Week in the UK so I thought I’d share my go to cupcake recipe which is the basis for most of the cupcakes I bake. Makes: 12 cupcakes Ingredients 125g butter 125g Self raising flour 125 Caster sugar 2 Eggs 1/2 tsp Vanilla flavouring 12 cupcake cases Method Preheat the over to 200 degrees C or Gas mark 6 Round up your ingredients—beat the sugar and butter together until fluffy and light coloured. Read More…