Treat yo’ elf 🌟

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Cheerios, icing and sprinkles.  That’s all it takes to make the elf in your life very happy.

Tiny little doughnuts that conceal the joy we took in making them.

Lil D put her heart into these so when Barbie presented them to Tinseltoes she was understandably proud of her mini achievements.

Elf-esteem – the perfect gift this Christmas (^-^)

 

 

 

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?)