Category Archives: Cupcakes

Sticky Toffee Cupcakes (dairy free)

This weather has been uncharacteristically lovely for England. It is wall to wall sunshine outside, but I’ve been stuck inside most days at my desk, with Jeff (the cat) keeping me company. At the moment he is lying across my arm in front of me, so I am typing with my hand protruding from underneath his soft furry belly.  He’s needy but I love him. Working normal office hours again really does make you appreciate the weekends, and we have been making the most of them, with trips to food fairs, long bike rides and visiting friends. Last weekend we were back up in London for dinner with my amazing group of friends, where everyone brought some item of food to contribute to dinner. Of course, I was charged with pudding….

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Apricot and Pistachio cupcakes with rose buttercream

I had one of those days when I said to myself “I just want some cake”. OK, I say that to myself most days. But most of the time I resist and have something to drink (because most of the time when we feel hungry we’re actually thirsty) like apple and blackcurrant squash which seems to distract my mind away from cake. Other times I whip up some plain old sponge cakes, or some slightly unseasonal mince pies with the leftover mince meat. This time, I saw apricots and pistachios. I tried out a basic recipe with them just chucked in, they were OK, nothing spectacular and a little dry. But I loved the flavour combination, so I tried again. Here’s what happened.

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A day of firsts – awards and swiss meringue buttercream

When I first started blogging it was mainly just to keep a sort of diary of the things I was making, but I’ve got much more into the writing and finding other wonderful blogs that inspire me.

The fabulous Nell from I Need a Feed nominated me for a Best Moment Award. Seeing as this is my first award nomination I wasn’t too sure what the protocol is, but the idea is that you go on and nominate some other blogs you love and write an acceptance speech!

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My acceptance speech…… I’d like to thank my Mum (this seems a very overused opening line but is the only way to start really!) as she let me explore in the kitchen, teach me all the basic skills and still believes in me even when I have massive baking fails. I’d like to thank my boyfriend who actually suggested I should start blogging and has been an avid “liker” and re-tweeter of all my posts, and happily devours just about everything I make. My friends and other family have also been great, honest testers/guinea pigs. The change to dairy free seemed daunting at first, but I’ve been so happy to share my experiences and things that I’ve learnt with other people in a similar situation and I couldn’t have done that joining the amazing community of food bloggers.

Now I’d like to nominate these blogs that I love:

An Unrefined Vegan

The Little Loaf

Hungry Little Baker

Sensitive Flour

Trinity’s Kitchen

The Healthy Flavour

And the rules for the Best Moment Award are:

  • Winners re-post this completely with their Acceptance Speech.
  • This could be written or video recorded.
  • Winners have the privilege of awarding the next awardees!
  • The re-post should include a NEW set of people/blogs worthy of the award; and winners notify them the great news.

RESOURCES: What makes a good acceptance speech?

  • Gratitude. Thank the people who helped you along the way – Humor. Keep us entertained and smiling
  • Inspiration. Make your story touch our lives
  • Get an idea from the great acceptance speeches, compiled in MomentMatters.com/Speech
  • Display the award’s badge on your blog/website, downloadable in MomentMatters.com/Award

 

There has been another first as well – I made dairy free Swiss Meringue Buttercream. I was really quite chuffed with it, and so surprised by how marshmallowy it tasted! These vanilla cupcakes with a strawberry centre went down a treat. It’s a new vanilla cupcake recipe I’m trying out and once I’ve perfected both cupcake and buttercream I’ll share the recipes, but here are the photos for now!

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Lemon Basil Cupcakes

My baking at the moment is mainly based around things that my boyfriend can take to work and will actually eat. Of course he’s well trained polite and says everything I make tastes amazing and he likes it, but when things make it home at the end of the day uneaten, it’s pretty obvious they weren’t a hit. I’m pleased to say the carrot cupcakes were a successful lunchbox addition. Let’s see how lemon basil cupcakes go down….

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Carrot Cakes

This Saturday we were invited to the wedding of two of Jake’s friends from University. Having not been to a wedding for about ten years I was pretty excited. The bride was beautiful, the venue delightful, and the hand-made favours we got to take home were the stars of the tables.

For one of my university modules, we needed to use the rapid prototyping machines, otherwise known as laser cutters, CNC routers, 4-axis milling machines, just a load of awesome kit if you know how to use it. We were given pretty much free rein on what we could make, so naturally I made a cake stand.

You’ll see where I’m going with this…… I wanted to make some cakes to adorn my cake stand and we had an abundance of carrots in the fridge, so carrot cakes it had to be. So here we have my homemade cake stand, with my homemade cakes, topped with the handmade favours from the wedding.

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