Rosewater cupcakes with candied pistachios

I love using rosewater – it’s got such a delicate flavour. It works beautifully in cupcakes because you only need a tiny amount to create a lovely, lightly floral taste. These are very easy to make and work beautifully with pink frosting. This is a recipe I cobbled together out of several other recipes. 140g soft butter or baking spread (like Stork) 150g caster sugar … Continue reading Rosewater cupcakes with candied pistachios

Blueberry and Raspberry Cupcakes

I made these earlier in the year for the Diamond Jubilee. We were having a street party and needed some patriotic food. This white, blue and red cupcake was just the ticket — and it also happens to be absolutely delicious! Ingredients For the cakes 175g soft unsalted butter 175g caster sugar 3 eggs 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 175g self-raising flour 2 tablespoons of milk … Continue reading Blueberry and Raspberry Cupcakes

Rhubarb and Chocolate Cakes

These cakes are little light vanilla sponges filled with sweet rhubarb and iced with a chocolate ganache topping. I know that ganache is generally made with dark chocolate but as we STILL have Easter eggs on top of the fridge I am loathe to buy more chocolate so bye bye two Smarties eggs, hello lovely cakes. Ingredients (Makes 12): For the cakes: 125g softened butter 125g … Continue reading Rhubarb and Chocolate Cakes

Rule Britannia Cupcakes!

These cupcakes were originally made for The Royal Wedding last year, yet we think they’d make a great addition to a Jubilee Party, and (save the fiddly icing) are beautifully simple to make. Its a whizz. The icing is also a very simple buttercream, with sugarflair food colouring used to create the blue and red. I can’t stress enough two important things 1) use sugarflair … Continue reading Rule Britannia Cupcakes!

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Raspberry & White Chocolate Cupcakes

I’m always a tad confused by cupcakes – not really sure why there should be a different recipe for cupcakes, than for cakes… So I just sort of winged this, like I usually do, and used a Madeira cake recipe for these cupcakes – hoping I had enough cupcake tins. These amounts are best used for a 9”/10” (22/25cm) cake tin – however I managed … Continue reading Raspberry & White Chocolate Cupcakes


Malteser Cupcakes

Everyone likes Maltesers. And everyone likes cakes. I think a marriage of the two was a natural step to take. The results are certainly good, creating an incredibly soft cake and creamy, sweet icing. You could adapt this recipe by adding cocoa powder to the cake and/or the icing. At the moment I’ve left it with the cake being the malty bit of the Malteser … Continue reading Malteser Cupcakes

Alice, with her cupcakes!

Entering the Realm of the Cupcake

I’ve always been a little bit uncomfortable with the term “cupcake”. It sounds a little precious. Dainty. Transatlantic. All of the things my cake education firmly isn’t. Growing up, cakemix went in with the milk. After school, there would be a tupperware of buns – the Yorkshire term for “Fairy Cakes”, learnt from my Mother, who in turn was taught to bake by my Yorkshire … Continue reading Entering the Realm of the Cupcake


Cherry Bakewell Cupcakes

This recipe combines two of my favourite things; cake and cherry bakewells… it’s heaven in a pretty little paper case!  I’ve never used ground almonds in a sponge recipe before but they give a lovely texture and give the cupcakes that authentic bakewell taste.  I baked these first to celebrate National Cupcake Week, but they went down so well I think I will be making … Continue reading Cherry Bakewell Cupcakes


Apple & Blackberry Crumble Cupcakes with Custard Frosting

Apple and blackberry crumble mixed with a cupcake… Nuff said! For the crumble topping: 25g butter diced 50g flour 50g caster sugar For the sponge: 1 cooking apple chopped in to small pieces (+ a bit of lemon to stop it going brown) 2 eggs 100g butter 100g caster sugar 100g self raising flour 2 tsp milk 100g frozen blackberries For the Frosting: 75g butter … Continue reading Apple & Blackberry Crumble Cupcakes with Custard Frosting

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes

The moment I heard about National Cupcake Week, I knew I had to whip out these bad boys. Hummingbird Bakery is universally acknowledged (in the circles I move in anyway) as the Momma of Cupcakes and they make the BEST red velvet cupcakes around but these come a pretty close second. Makes 12 (proper sized cupcakes, will make more fairy cakes) For the cupcake – … Continue reading Red Velvet Cupcakes