Strawberry cheesecake cupcakes

Saturday afternoon with no little ones, and a box full of strawberries.  At this point it’s almost inevitable that I reach for the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook.

A few pages in and I find my mission: 2016-06-18 16.29.37

Vanilla cupcakes with fresh strawberry pieces, a cream cheese frosting and crushed biscuits on top.  Yummy!

Fondant fancies

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Lil D loves to play with her food and we love to encourage her.

At 7 years old she’s had a rich history of cake baking and cupcake showstoppers.  Oftentimes the original plan goes out the window with her ever evolving creative input.

We start each bake with a photo and an explanation then wait for her to say, “Or we could…” (^-^) We’re learning to let it go and allow her to experiment.

These cute penguin cupcakes make a fun winter offering. January blues begone 💫

Chocolate orange cupcakes

IMG_3410Someone in work *cough may have been me* decided that it would be fun to have a Christmas tea party, where we all bring in some food to share.  Great idea!

So what does one bring to a Christmas tea party?

Cupcakes!

Chocolate orange cupcakes to be precise.

Snow nearly stopped this in it’s tracks, as we couldn’t go get ingredients at the weekend, but luckily I was able to improvise with what was already in the cupboard.

Once again I used Hummingbird Bakery as my base recipe- everyone who has tried one of these cupcakes agrees that the lightness and softness of the sponge is special.  Adding a little orange zest to the basic recipe created an amazing aroma of orange  just as you bite into the cupcake. Bournville cocoa in the buttercream icing made a subtly sweet chocolately indulgence.

Decorated with come christmassy sprinkles, placed in box, and I crossed my fingers that they wouldn’t get squashed on the bus journey to work! (They didn’t)

And the tea party?  A picnic of lovely food with some lovely work friends, all finished off with a christmas cupcake. Yummy!

Ho ho ho Emoji One's Father Christmas

 

Creepy cupcakes

Creepy cupcakes

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Creepy cupcakes, creepy cupcakes

Snot and eyes and eggs.

Creepy cupcakes, creepy cupcakes

Let’s hope they don’t grow legs.

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Lime and Coconut cupcakes

‘The best yet’- so said one of my co-workers, so I thought I’d share the recipe.

As ever, I start with a cupcake recipe from my Hummingbird Bakery recipe book- they never fail to be moist and delicious, and make a great base to start experimenting with flavours.

The Base (from original recipe)

70g unsalted butter (or Stork with Butter in my case)

210g plain flour

250g caster sugar

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

210ml milk

2 large eggs

Extras

2 tbsp dessicated coconut

zest of 1 lime

Put the oven on 170C.

The method is quite simple- mix together all the dry ingredients (including coconut and lime zest) until you have a crumbly mixture.  Separately whisk the milk and eggs. Slowly combine, whisking all the time.

Spoon into cupcake cases, and bake for 25-30 mins.

Just before they come out of the oven make a lime syrup, using:

Juice of 1 lime

2 tbsp sugar

Boil these two ingredients together for 2-3 mins (till it thickens a little). Pour the syrup over the cupcakes when they come out of the oven, then let everything cool.

Icing (the star of the show)

1 tub (280g) cream cheese

70g icing sugar

125ml double cream

Whisk together the cream cheese and icing sugar. Probably best use an electric whisk or this next part will take forever.  Add the double cream to the mix and whisk.  You want the icing to thicken up enough to pipe, but not be too stiff.  It didn’t take me too long!

Then pipe onto the cooled cupcakes and finish with a little lime zest.

The results  (for me anyway) were light and moist cupcakes with a lime twist (the coconut wasn’t that strong, maybe a little coconut milk next time?)

Sunday

Sunday is our catch up day.  We plan for the week ahead and recharge from the week that’s been. Usually this makes for a loungey casual kind of day that disappears with tea and tv but once in a blue (or blood) moon Sunday becomes a supercharged Get Stuff Done day. Like today.

Brunch.  Is there a more perfect meal? Great food to get happy about.  So what if your first hollandaise splits?  It’s always preferable to make a second hollandaise than have no hollandaise at all.  Eggs benedict starts a day off right.

Than there’s the lime coconut cupcakes.  And the chicken to roast.  All day in the kitchen?

Yes and no. Halloween costumes have also been on the go this weekend.  Tutus are getting made and floral crowns crocheted.  Yes, I severely underestimated how much tulle I would need for a seriously poofy tutu but the effect is so good that 5 times more tulle has been ordered. TBC.

Eims’ crochet flowers are amazing.  She is addicted and I’m fanning the flames.  Will it crochet? is to be our new mantra.  Roses, azaleas, maybe a lily or two.  Lil D is going to love her auntie-made floral crown and so will Eims.

And so disappears another Sunday. An aunties work is never done (^-^)