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White chocolate and clementine cupcakes

Posted by me on November 5, 2015 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)


As my favourite time of the year rapidly approaches ( where has this year gone again!!!)  I start to plan and prepare my Christmas feast for family and friends and I  always create a special cake or cookie ready for guests dropping by. This year I decided on a luscious, creamy white chocolate frosting, atop a bright red, clementine infused cake and a zingy fresh strawberry perched jauntily on the top..... ...

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Cream Soda and raspberry cupcakes

Posted by me on April 12, 2015 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

I created these gorgeous, light, soft, fluffy and moist cupcakes on a very cold and wet afternoon when the wind was howling around the rafters and the rain was lashing against the windows.... I wanted to create the taste of a seaside summer in a cupcake but that would also evoke memories from my childhood and drinking bottles of ice cold cream soda on a golden, sandy beach in Jersey in the channel islands was just ...

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Cinder Coffee Cupcakes

Posted by me on March 8, 2015 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

if ever there was a Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers of cupcakes, this little beauty would fit the bill... with sophisticated notes of coffee and vanilla, smooth and creamy cream cheese frosting and a gleaming nugget of bubbly champagne coloured toffee perched jauntily on  top this is a cupcake strictly for the grownups....

What you need

For the cinder toffee

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Blueberry yogurt and passion fruit muffins

Posted by me on February 3, 2015 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

What you need

150g baking margarine

150g caster sugar

3 medium eggs

50g Greek yogurt

185g self raising flour

½ level teaspoon baking powder

150g blueberries (reserve 16 for decoration)

2 lemons, finely grated zest

Frosting

125g butter

200g icing sugar

150g cream cheese

2 passion frui...

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Caramelised hazelnut and mocha cupcakes

Posted by me on November 2, 2014 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Makes 12 large cupcakes

What you need

50g cocoa

6 tablespoons hot strong coffee

3 medium eggs

50mls milk

175g self raising flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

100g vegetable oil

300g soft light brown sugar

½ teaspoon salt

1 level teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting

75g butter

100g icing sugar

1...

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Apple streuselmuffins

Posted by me on October 25, 2014 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

-Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,

close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;

conspiring with him how to load and bless

with fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;

To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,

and fill all fruit with ripeness to the core...

Ode to Autumn by Keats remains a favourite poem of mine, extolling the wonderful harve...

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Christmas cupcakes

Posted by me on October 22, 2014 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Makes 12

Christmas is such a magical time with sounds, sights and scents evoking all that is wonderful about the season of goodwill.

For me it’s the aroma of zesty oranges the gleam of plump, ruby red cranberries and soft, golden apricots and of course all the beautiful array of totally divine chocolates, candies and nuts.

These Christmas cupcakes with their succulent cranberries and jewel like apr...

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Orange Japonaise cupcakes.... Free from Gluten

Posted by me on June 4, 2014 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

I remember making  a Japonaise gateaux when I was at catering college in 1983, it was one of my first culinary successes and I loved making all the different elements. I haven't seen the recipe I used for a very long time so decided to create a simpler more contemporary version that could be made into cupcakes rather than an elaborate old fashioned gateaux. The little Japonaise biscuit that perche...

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Pina Colada Cupcakes.... Free from sugar

Posted by me on May 14, 2014 at 4:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I have been experimenting for ages now to make a sugar free frosting that is pipeable, tastes good and would fool anybody into thinking it was sugar free and by jiminy I finally cracked it.... Ladies and gentlemen I give you the Pina Colada cup cake with a coconut frosting that is to die for...not literally...please.... I wouldn't want that on my conscience.... x

What you need

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Rhubarb crumble and custard cupcakes

Posted by me on May 3, 2014 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

If I had to choose a dessert for my very last meal, it would without a seconds hesitation, be rhubarb crumble and custard.... For me, the pink stems nestled under a layer of buttery crumble with a big jug of hot creamy custard shouts of comfort and warmth and being snug and cosy. I had to make (and eat)  three batches of this recipe in order to get the balance right but I thi...

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Banoffi pie cupcakes

Posted by me on May 3, 2014 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Banoffi pie is one of my absolute all time favourite desserts, that combination of crisp biscuit or pastry base, whipped cream, golden slices of unctuous banana and smooth caramel sends my taste buds into food heaven and every opportunity I have to make it, I do.... with that thought in mind I figured it was about time that I combined it with another fabulous favourite, the humble cupcake!

Moist...

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Apricot and Amaretto cupcakes.... Free from Gluten

Posted by me on May 1, 2014 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Luscious apricot studded cupcakes with a little swirl of Amaretto infused butter cream frosting are the perfect anecdote for a stressful day and one bite of these delicious cakes will transport you mentally to the sunshine coast of the Italian Riviera. Bellisimo...... x

What you need

150g baking margarine

150g caster sugar

3 medium eggs

185g gluten f...

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Cherry cola and Oreo cupcakes.... Free from lactose

Posted by me on May 1, 2014 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

I adore this recipe, its the easiest cupcake recipe I make, and is THE moistest, lightest and fluffiest cake ever...... topped with a crushed Oreo biscuit frosting its just heaven in every bite and everyone from children to adults just loves it x

What you need

200g oil

250g self raising flour

250g soft light brown sugar

40g cocoa powde...

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English Summer garden cupcakes

Posted by me on May 1, 2014 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

These glorious cupcakes were inspired by my parents lovely garden in Surrey with aromas and flavours of lavender, roses and violets. They are so pretty and so evocative of gentle summer days that it would be a shame not to make them all year round x

What you need

150g baking margarine

150g caster sugar

150g self raising flour

3 medium eggs

6-8 drops of lave...

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Elvis cupcakes.....Thank you very much!!!!!

Posted by me on March 14, 2014 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)

 

 

Moist banana cake... peanut butter frosting.... crispy bacon drizzled with maple syrup....Huh???? Bacon...on a cake...for real??? yes my friends! There is bacon on top of this cake and by jiminy it works.

Elvis Presley's favourite snack was a fried peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwich and if that winning combination was good enough for th...

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Hummingbird cakes.......gluten free

Posted by me on February 23, 2014 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Light as a feather and gently perfumed with passion fruit these delicious little cakes nestled in their miniature loaf cases are a delight whether you are gluten intolerant or not. You can always substitute regular self raising flour for the gluten free variety if you so choose without losing flavour or texture. 

Makes 8

What you need

100g cake margarine

120g caster sugar

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Blueberry and orange cupcakes.....free from sugar

Posted by me on February 23, 2014 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Makes 10 cupcakes

What you need

100g margarine for cakes

100g xylitol

2medium eggs, beaten

Zest and juice of 1 large orange

120g self raising flour

1 heaped tablespoon of sugar free or extra fruity marmalade

200g blueberries (reserve 30 blueberries to put on top of the cakes)

What you do

Preheat the oven ...

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Cranberry, lenon and poppyseed muffins.... Free from dairy

Posted by me on February 7, 2014 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

If you are anything like me you will have been foraging through your cupboards and come across a forgotten jar or tin of something or other that you are at a loss what to use it for. For me its a jar of cranberry sauce that I found hidden behind a jar of extra hot and spicy pickled onions and nestled next to a tin of chestnut puree ( I have big yummy plans for the chestnuts). Other than serving cranberry sauce with ...

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Bonfire night Cupcakes

Posted by me on November 1, 2013 at 6:30 AM Comments comments (0)

 

 

 

Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot....Bonfire night happens in the United Kingdom on the 5th November as a celebration to mark the anniversary of Guy Fawkes who tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605 with the gunpowder plot. I made these cupcakes for BBC radio Lancashire as I was visiting the studio in Blackburn, Lancashire and they are made ...

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Cream of tomato soup cupcakes

Posted by me on November 1, 2013 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (0)

This recipe has always intrigued me, as I saw it being made on the children’s TV program Blue Peter (many hundreds of years ago) and although I have made cakes with parsnips, beetroot, carrots and courgettes I have never made one with tomato soup. I have held off from sampling this cake mixture for a long time as I honestly thought it would be decidedly yucky…. How wrong was I????!!!!!!

The cake is a semi ri...

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