Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

We love lemon meringue pie so decided to turn one of our favourite desserts into cupcakes. We made our own lemon curd, however if its easier just buy your own. In addition we are lucky enough to own a blow torch so it made finishing off these cupcakes a lot easier. You can quickly cook the meringue in the oven, however we are unsure how reliable this is.

These cakes do take some time to make and there are quite a few steps to follow. Make sure you allow yourself enough time for the cakes to cool before putting the meringue on top. Even though they do take a while they are totally worth it and will leave everyone wanting to go back for more!

Lemon Meringue

Cupcakes
110g caster suagr
110g unsalted butter
2 eggs
110g self raising flour
1tsp baking powder
dash vanilla essence

Lemon curd
100g caster sugar
2tbsp corn flour
zest from 2 lemons
juice from 3 lemons
juice 1 orange
85g butter
1 egg
3 egg yolk

Meringue
4 egg white
200g caster sugar
2tsp cornflour

Cake method:
1) With an electric hand mixer or free standing mixer beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy.
2) Add the eggs with a tsp of the flour and mix
3) Add the remaining flour, baking powder and vanilla and beat together
4) Spoon the mixture into 12 cupcake cases and cook in the over for 12 minutes at 180C

Lemon curd method:
1) Put the cornflour, sugar and lemon zest in a saucepan and on a low heat gradually stir in the lemon juice.
2) Make the orange juice up to 200ml with water and gradually add this to the pan stirring constantly. Cook over a medium heat until the mixture thickens stirring until you have a smooth mixture.
3) When the mixture bubbles remove from the heat and add the cubed butter until it melts
4) Beat the egg yolks and whole egg together then stir into the pan. Return to the heat and stir vigorously until the mixture thickens and plops off the spoon then remove from the heat

Prepare the cake:
1) Once the cakes have cooled use an apple corer to take out the centre of the cupcake. You may need to use a knife to get rid of a little more cake
2) Fill the cake with the lemon curd and then put the cake you have removed back on top of the curd

Meringue:
1) Put the egg whites into a large mixing bowl and whisk until soft peaks
2) Add half the sugar a spoonful at a time whilst still whisking.
3) Whisk in the cornflour
4) Add the rest of the sugar a spoonful at a time and whisk until stiff

Prepare the topping:
1) Pipe the meringue onto the top of the cake or use a spoon
2) With a blow torch lightly cook/toast the meringue until golden

These are certainly a showstopper and the lemon curd in the middle a nice surprise for everyone enjoying the cupcake.

We hope you enjoy making and eating these as much as we did – don’t forget to share your recipes with us!

Raspberry Pop Tarts

Who doesn’t LOVE pop tarts – they may be American but we love them even if they are super naughty! We decided to try and make our own pop tarts and didn’t realise how easy they are to make – think we will be making them again for sure!

We cannot wait to experiment with lots of different fillings both sweet and savory. We made these one Friday evening when we wanted to bake but didn’t have much time. These would be the perfect snack for a girlie movie night we will definitely be making them for our friends soon.

Poptarts

Ingredients
Pastry:
175g plain flour
100g cold butter
1 tbsp icing sugar
1 egg yolk

Filling:
Jar good quality raspberry jam

Icing:
icing sugar
sprinkles

1) Pre-heat the oven to 180 degree and butter and line with grease proof paper a baking tray
2) Put all the ingredients for the pastry in a food processor and pulse until the ingredients come together (you make need to finish with your hands)
3) Pour onto a flour surface and roll out the dough until 1mm thick.
4) Cut our rectangular shapes and place on a a greased baking tray. Spoon a generous amount of jam on top of the pastry.
5)Put another rectangle of pastry on top of the jam and then press down with a fork all around the edge
6) Cook for 15-20 minutes until golden brown, do not worry if the jam leaks out slightly and then leave to cool
7) Make up some icing as instructed on the box and ice the top of the tarts and then cover with the sprinkles
8) ENJOY!

Of course you could experiment with other fillings we are certainly going to do, so make sure you check back here for more recipes soon!

Orange Marmalade Cake

We love looking through foodie magazines, Delicious, Olive, BBC Good Food, Tesco, Waitrose; you name it we’ve got them all!

When we saw this recipe in the Tesco food magazine we had to make it, it looked delicious and the perfect cake for a rainy day. We adapted the recipe slightly as we didn’t have wholemeal flour so just replaced with plain instead, and sadly didn’t make our own marmalade; however Tesco Finest marmalade tasted fantastic!

marmalade-cake

Ingredients
200g unsalted butter
200g golden granulated sugar
3 eggs
100g wholemeal flour
100g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
150g orange marmalade
3tbsp orange juice
oranges to decorate

Method
1) Grease and line a 900g loaf tin and preheat the oven to 160c fan
2) Whisk the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy
3) Beat in the eggs one at a time until combined. Add a teaspoon of the flour if necessary to stop the mixture curdling
4) Fold in the flours, baking powder and 100g marmalade and the orange juice and then spoon into the tin
5) Bake for 50 minutes covering with foil for the last 15 minutes
6) Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, warm the marmalade in pan
7) Put on a wire rack and brush the cake with the marmalade and then decorate with orange slices and then brush more marmalade over the cake

Enjoy!

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 IngredientsΒ 
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
Β½ 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!