Funfetti cupcakes

We spied funfetti cupcakes on Pinterest and they reminded us of summer so we decided they were the perfect bake now the weather is nicer and it feels like summer is on its way!

You make our basic vanilla cupcake recipe and add some sprinkles to the mixture. You can use the long strands or the hundred and thousands, you could go multi-coloured or choose just one colour. These cupcakes are super fun and would be great at a summer party!

Cupcakes
120g butter
120g sugar
2 eggs
120g flour
tsp baking powder
drop vanilla essence
sprinkles

Icing
250g icing sugar
80g butter, softened
20ml milk
sprinkles

1) Preheat the over to 180 degrees and put 12 cupcake cases into a cupcake tray (we used red spotty cases from Tesco)
2) For the cake beat together the butter and sugar in a free standing mixer, beat until the mixture is fluffy.
3)Crack in the eggs, sift in the flour and add the baking powder and vanilla essence. Beat until the mixture is combined but do not over mix.
4) Stir in the sprinkles with a spatula, do not mix too much as the colour starts to run. Add as little or a lot as you want, the more you use the brighter the cupcakes will be.
5) Spoon the mixture into the cases and then cook in the oven for 12 minutes. A skwewer should come out clean and they should look golden. Leave to cool
6) For the icing put all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk together until fluffy. The longer you mix the fluffier and nicer the icing will be.
7) Pipe the icing onto the cupcakes when they are cool and then top with more sprinkles

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Epic Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake

It was our friends birthday so we took the opportunity to make an epic cake and decided to make a salted caramel chocolate cake. We took inspiration from a number of recipes including this Jamie Oliver one.

The beauty about this cake is that you can make as many tiers as you would like and decorate it how you like. We decided to do 3 tiers. The recipe below makes 2 tiers, so to make a third tier we just halved the recipe. We then sandwiched the cakes with salted caramel. We then completely covered the cake with salted caramel butter icing. We had so much icing left that we added cocoa powder to the icing to turn the icing chocolately and piped this on as decoration.

Cake Ingredients 
250g unsalted butter
250g dark chocolate
150ml espresso
250 self-raising flour
2tbsp cocoa powder
250g light brown soft sugar
250g golden caster sugar
100ml buttermilk
4 free range eggs

Salted Caramel ingredients
200g golden caster sugar
50g butter
75ml double cream
½ tsp salt

Icing ingredients
150g butter
350g icing sugar
100g carnation caramel
50ml whole milk
Pinch sea salt
50g cocoa powder

Method:

1) Preheat the oven to 150c and grease and line 2 cake tins
2) Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl over water and then add the coffee.
3) In a large mixing bowl, using a hand mixer or free standing mixer beat together the flour, sugars and cocoa.
4) Add the buttermilk to the chocolate and mix. Beat the eggs with a fork in a jug and then add to the melted chocolate. Our mixer was very lumpy so we mixed it with an electric hand mixer.
5) Pour the chocolate mixture into the dry mixture and beat until combined, then pour into the prepared tins
6) Cook for 45 minutes in the oven, or until a skewer comes out clean.
7) While the cakes a cooling make the salted caramel by placing the sugar in a large saucepan with 50ml water and gently heat over a low heat, swirling it to ensure it doesn’t stick.
8) Turn the heat up and let the mixer simmer until you have a dark caramel. Cube the butter and whisk into the caramel with the cream until you have a smooth mixture, then add the salt.
9) Build your cake putting the salted caramel in between the layers
10) To make the icing whizz all the ingredients, except the cocoa powder together, you may need to add more milk. Cover the cake with the icing, you will not use it all.
11) With the remaining icing add cocoa powder to it and whizz together and use this icing as decoration.
12) Decorate the cake however you please, the bigger the better!

This cake took us 2 days to make and was so much fun! We had such fun decided firstly what kind of cake we wanted to make and had even more fun adapting the recipe to suit our needs. We also loved licking the bowl (who doesn’t), and decorating the cake too. There are so many ideas on Pinterest for epic cakes and I am sure we will be making another one soon!

Share with us your amazing cakes, we would love to see them!

Biscoff Cupcakes

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Biscoff biscuits are so tasty and we love them! We love spending our evening pondering over Pinterest and we came across many recipes for both Biscoff cupcake and also large Biscoff cakes too. We decided to make cupcakes this time round, but watch this space because we are sure we will making the a large one soon! Many of the recipes put the Biscoff spread in the cake mixture as well as the icing. However we decided to only put in the icing and we are glad we did as you cannot beat a light and fluffy vanilla sponge.

Cupcake Ingredients
12 cupcake cases (we used gold ones)
110g butter (softened)
110g caster sugar
2 eggs
110g self-raising flour
drop of vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder

Icing
80g butter
250g icing sugar
30ml milk
80g smooth Biscoff spread

Method
Put 12 cupcake cases in your cupcake tin
Pre heat the oven to 180oc
Cream the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy
Add the eggs and mix
Sieve the flour and baking powder into the mixture and mix slowly.
Spoon the mixture into the cases (don’t over fill and you want room to decorate)
Place in the oven for 12 minutes
Whilst the cupcakes are cooling whizz together in a mixer all the ingredients for the icing. The longer you whizz, the lighter and fluffier the icing. If its too stiff then add a little more milk.
Put the icing into a piping bag and pipe onto the cooled cupcakes.
In a food processor whizz 5 Biscoff biscuits until crumbs and then sprinkle on top of the icing.

BLOGMAS Day 6- Rudolph Cupcakes

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We have seen these Rudolph cupcakes circulating Pinterest and Instagram for a while and decided we had to give them a go. We love chocolate cupcakes but we knew we would love Rudolph chocolate cupcakes even more!

These cupcakes were delicious recently we have been using raw cacao powder instead coco powder when baking as it gives the cupcakes and icing a richer chocolatier taste.  Let us know if you decide to give these cupcakes a try as we would love to know what you think!

Cupcake Ingredients
12 cupcake cases (we used gold ones)
110g butter (softened)
110g caster sugar
2 eggs
110g self-raising flour
2tbsp Raw Cacao powder
1 tsp baking powder

Icing Ingredients- we used our favourite hummingbird recipe (we halved it)

Toppings
Pretzels
Chocolate buttons
M&M’s (You will need the red and brown M&M’s)

Method
Put 12 cupcake cases in your cupcake tin
Pre heat the oven to 180oc
Cream the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy
Add the eggs and mix
Sieve the flour, raw cacao powder and baking powder into the mixture and mix slowly.
Spoon the mixture into the cases (don’t over fill and you want room to decorate)
Place in the oven for 12 minutes
While your cupcakes are cooling you should follow the Hummingbird icing recipe
Use a pallet knife to spread the icing onto the cupcakes
Place 2 pretzels next to each other at the top of the cupcake
Then you will need 2 brown M&M’s for the eyes a button for the nose and a red M&M for the nose.

We hope you have as much fun making these little Rudolph’s as we did! They would be the perfect snack or to serve as part of a tea party.