Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Baileys Cupcakes

The spring edition of Cupcake Heaven fell into my shopping basket last week - and whilst flicking through it - these Baileys Cupcakes called out to me :-)

They were de-licious. 
Not only is the Baileys in the cupcake mix, but a good glug of it goes into the buttercream too. 
Double Baileys - who can resist?

The original recipe is from Sarah Trivuncic at Maison Cupcake
(I halved the recipe and made 12 muffin sized cupcakes)

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Lemon Daisy Cupcakes

Ok - I may be a year or two behind everyone else - but I have finally cottoned on to the cupcake craze (just as cake pops are taking over!)
So, expect to see a lot more of these frosted cuties.

Cupcakes seem to come in so many different sizes it's making my head spin - 
and this size is more what I would call fairy cakes.

115g butter
100g caster sugar
2 eggs
115g SR flour
grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
3 tbsps lemon curd.

Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4 and line a muffin tin with paper cases.
Beat the butter and sugar together, until pale and fluffy.
Beat in the eggs, 1 at a time.
Sift the flour into the mixture and fold in, then stir in the lemon juice and zest.
Spoon a dollop into each paper case and make an indentation in the centre with the back of a teaspoon. Drop in a dollop of lemon curd, then top with the remaining cake mixture.
Bake for 17 minutes, until risen and golden. 

To decorate I added a few drops of green colouring to a ready made buttercream filling. I piped swirls onto the cakes and topped them with edible daisies.

I found in a few of these cakes that the lemon curd sank to the bottom. Maybe I needed more cake mix underneath the lemon curd. But, I think next time I make these I will bake them, then cut out a little bit from the top of the cake (with an apple corer) and fill that with the lemon curd. That should work, do you think?


Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Coconut Cupcakes

I'm on a diet healthy eating plan at the moment, so I am supposed to be keeping away from cakes.
But these little cupcakes can't hurt, can they?
If I stand on one leg when I'm eating them, the calories don't even count at all!!

These are vanilla cupcakes with a lovely, cream cheese frosting.
Simple, but scrummy.

150g cream cheese            50g icing sugar
2 tsp lime juice                   dessicated coconut

Beat the cream cheese, icing sugar and lime juice in a bowl and spread on top of the cupcakes.
Put the coconut in a bowl and dip each cupcake in, until covered.