This is a flavour combination I encountered when I was eating at one of my favourite restaurants. I’ve always been a fan of elderflower but was slightly perturbed to see two slices of cucumber floating in the elderflower soda I had ordered. But my mind was soon blown. The refreshing flavour cucumber brings truly complements the subtle sweetness of elderflower and I was very keen to put these two flavours in my baking. Due to the extra sugar content from the cordial, these cupcakes rise a bit more than the Birthday Cupcakes recipe so you may need to put a little less in the paper cases. Click here for the recipe
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Here’s a chocolate version of my Birthday Cupcakes recipe. A lovely chocolatey cupcake base crowned with creamy white chocolate frosting and sprinkled with chocolate shavings. If you like chocolate then these are a must!
These cupcakes are something special. I say that because they are more than just cupcakes. They are happy little self-contained desserts (plus custard if you like custard, I do). Served warm so the conserve oozes out from the soft sponge and the streusel topping adds that extra crunch to the proceedings – that’s just how I like it!
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A few weeks ago I was kindly invited to an interview at the headquarters of London Student Magazine – for those who don’t know that means the Student Union of the University of London! It was good to be on university grounds again and talk about what I love best with people who share that passion (Helena and Eve – check out her blog here). Below is the video of the interview – I hope you enjoy!
I’ve been baking a lot of cupcakes recently, trying my hand at as many different flavours as possible in order to stretch my creativity (and of course tantalise my tastebuds!). The inspiration for these came pretty easily on one of my regular visits to the supermarket. I spotted a bottle of pink lemonade on the shelf and quickly made my way to the fruit & veg section in search of raspberries (I already had the lemon curd!). The recipe isn’t much different to my Apple & Cinnamon Cupcakes or my Birthday Cupcakes as I’ve developed a base recipe that only needs a few tweaks to create something very impressive but with little effort. Click here for the recipe
I think it’s only right that I post a picture of my tiered celebration cake that was not shown on episode one of the Great British Bake Off. It was a two-tiered ginger sponge with vanilla buttercream frosting and marzipan roses on the side. And believe it or not, I made it all myself. OK not the cake board…
The judges liked it overall, good flavour and nice presentation, if I remember correctly. It didn’t blow them away but it surely didn’t disappoint =D
And here’s what the Lemon Meringue Cupcakes shoulda, woulda, coulda looked like had time been on my side…
This the (new & improved) recipe for the Apple & Cinnamon Cupcakes I made on Series 1 of GBBO. The idea behind them was an apple-based dessert served with custard, hence the apple and cinnamon in the cupcake base and the custard powder in the frosting. Adding fruit to cake recipes is always a bit tricky because too much fruit will produce extra moisture while the cake cooks (preventing it from cooking completely and even causing it to collapse) whilst too little makes you wonder if it was worth adding any at all. The balance is usually rectified by adding more flour to a basic recipe and practising until they’re perfect. Or you could just use a wonderfully crafted recipe already tried & tested… (need I say more?) Click here for the recipe