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. […]

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Chicken tikka masala with rice and cheesy naan bread

Last month I tried my first curry! Normally, I pass on spicy food but it was curry night at our local and I took dad out for a meal. I had chicken tikka masala, I liked it and it inspired me to try cooking a curry at home. I made a chicken tikka masala with rice and cheesy naan bread, it wasn’t as spicy as the one dad and I had at the pub but it was really good. The curry dish was part of a curry spices kit from Boots. You will need 400g boneless, skinless chicken breast – […]

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Pasta with tuna and tomato sauce

Can’t believe it’s September already! Autumn is more or less here, Halloween is soon (ish) but sadly no Hallowhedon as this year’s event was cancelled. 🙁 I’ve also been seeing “C-word” cards and gift wrap appearing in the shops – too soon if you ask me. Quite a lot has happened over the past few months, the biggest being that Ryan got a new job. 🙂 Head chef position at a local pub… and I helped out in the kitchen a bit. I’m very proud of him but it’s meant a bunch of late nights and not much time off; […]

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Magic Roundabout Flake Cake

Mum’s birthday is next week but we’re celebrating this weekend with breakfast out, a bit of shopping and an evening meal. My job is to bring the cake! Mum loves The Magic Roundabout, especially the characters Brian and Zebedee, so I decided to make cake themed around that. I decided on a flake cake because 1. She likes flakes and 2. I’ve done similar cakes to this (with chocolate fingers) before and she says she loves them. I used a 8″ round cake pan and a lemon cake recipe (her favourite). Again, i used the Wilton cake release and it […]

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Chilli con carne with rice and cheesy naan bread

I haven’t done much new on the cooking front lately, I’ve been busy, also London Film and Comic Con was last weekend – tiring (!) but amazing. 🙂 This week I made this Chilli con carne with rice and cheesy naan bread. You will need 300g mince meat 1 cup long grain rice 1 tin of 420g kidney beans, drained 1 tin of 400g chopped tomatoes 1 cup of cold water Grated cheese (optional – for the naan bread) 2 naan bread (I admit mine were store bought) 1 packet mix of chilli powder (I used Schwartz hot chilli con […]

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Minion Cake

My dad’s birthday was this weekend, he really enjoys the Despicable Me films so I decided to bake him a minion cake. My first ever character cake! I used a 9″ x 13″ sheet pan and used a vanilla sponge receipe for the cake itself. The one I use is designed for a 7″ round tin but it worked well for this – no batter spillage and baked well! Yay! Wilton cake release is a God send – the cake popped easily out of the pan! I buy mine from Lakeland. I added round sprinkles for a ‘funfetti’ cake and […]

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