Fresh Raspberry Frosted Lemon Cupcakes

Spring has finally arrived! After what has seemed a very long, very cold and very dark Winter, daffodils are now lighting up the landscape with their cheery yellow faces.  Bird song is abundant, especially as long shut windows have now been flung open. In celebration of this beautiful season I have created a fruit packed cupcake that will bring sunshine to your day even when the rain clouds descend. Enjoy these Fresh Raspberry Frosted Lemon Cupcakes at anytime of the year.

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Fresh Raspberry Frosted Lemon Cupcakes

Light, lemon flavoured cupcakes topped with a fresh (frozen out of season), vibrant pink raspberry buttercream. Since both fruits used in this recipe can be tart to the palette, the combination is very refreshing. Also using fresh raspberries, as opposed to raspberry jam, results in the frosting having an almost sherbet like flavour. A subtle, yet delicious change from a regular, sweet cupcake.

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Fresh Raspberry Frosted Lemon Cupcakes

Simply looking at these cupcakes reminds me of sunshine. Something that has been in scant supply these past few months. When the clouds gather, you simply have to bake the sunshine into your day. While you are making these, why not double up and make some to share among neighbours, friends or work colleagues? They are certain to cheer anyone’s day and food always tastes better when shared.

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Fresh Raspberry Lemon Frosted Cupcakes

Note – when making the frosting don’t worry if it looks like it has curdled. It hasn’t! It is the addition of fresh raspberries that give it a slightly mottled appearance.

Recipe: Fresh Raspberry Frosted Lemon Cupcakes – makes 12

For the cupcakes:

100g/4oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

100g/4oz Caster Sugar

1/8 tsp Sea Salt – I use Maldon

2 Large Free Range Eggs

1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

100g/4oz Plain White Flour

1 tsp Baking Powder

Finely Grated Zest of 1 Large Lemon – approximately 1 tsp

For the frosting:

100g/4oz Raspberries – if using frozen include defrosting juice in weight

150g/5.2oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

300g/10.5oz White Icing Sugar (confectioners sugar)

To decorate: 3 slices of fresh lemon

Method: preheat oven to 160C/140C fan, 325F, gas mark 3

  • First of all line a muffin tin with 12 pretty cupcake cases.
  • Into a bowl add the butter, sugar, salt and vanilla extract. Whisk together until pale and creamy.
  • Next add the two eggs and then sift in the flour and baking powder. Finely add the finely grated zest of a lemon.
  • Whisk all the ingredients together until they are combined. Avoid over mixing as this can lead to a tough cake when baked.
  • Divide the mixture equally between the 12 cupcake cases .
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Making the lemon cupcake batter.
  • Place the cupcakes in the centre of the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Note – baking at a low temperature for a longer time results in well risen, flat topped cupcakes.
  • The cupcakes are baked when risen, golden and spring back from a light touch.
  • As soon as the cupcakes are baked remove from the oven.
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Baked cupcakes.
  • Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes then remove and place the cupcakes on a cooling rack to completely cool.
  • While the cupcakes cool make the fresh raspberry frosting.
  • Place the raspberries into a bowl and mash using a fork.
  • Add the butter and icing sugar to the mashed raspberries and whisk together – approximately 5 minutes. The frosting should be shocking pink in colour and have a light airy texture.
  • Decant the frosting into a piping bag that has not been fitted with a piping nozzle. If using a disposable bag cut the end to leave a 1cm opening.
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Preparing the pink fresh raspberry frosting.
  • Before piping on to the cupcakes cut 3 slices of lemon. Cut each slice into 4 portions. Each will decorate the top of the frosted cupcakes.
  • To pipe the swirls on to the cupcakes: start at the outside edge of the cupcake, keep an even pressure on the bag and pipe a double swirl.
  • Top each frosted cupcake with a lemon segment.
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Fresh Raspberry Frosted Lemon Cupcakes

Vibrant, fresh raspberry frosting topped with a luminous lemon segment.

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Fresh Raspberry Frosted Lemon Cupcakes

Serve with lemon tea or freshly made lemonade. Preferably sitting outside in the garden listening to the birdsong.

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Pink Heart Topped White Chocolate Cupcakes

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Maltesers Popping Candy Cupcakes

Baking and sharing are at the very heart of Feasting is Fun. While I thoroughly enjoy creating new recipes to share with you my readers, encouraging you to share what you have made is as important. Especially as there are many lonely people in this world. A simple gift of a cake, or meal such as Chicken and Four Cheese Lasagne, given with a smile can lift an entire day for a stay at home mum with young children. Just one example of how you can help.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

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Elizabeth Harris Perfect Cupcake Decorating Kit

Here on Feasting is Fun we encourage sharing. Whether it be bakes freshly made in our kitchens, or inviting friends and neighbours round for a cup of tea and a natter. As part of this I get asked by different companies to review products or produce. Resulting in me getting to share with you, my lovely readers, great products that really do earn their place in the kitchen. Today I share with you the Elizabeth Harris Perfect Cupcake Decorating Kit Review.

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Elizabeth Harris Perfect Cupcake Decorating Kit Review

Elizabeth Harris learned to bake when she was young, in her Mum’s kitchen. Her love and passion deveolped over the years and she is now renowned for making bespoke cakes for every occasion. Developing her own product range, including the Perfect Cupcake Decorating Kit, is a step further to equipping and teaching others how they too can create stunning cakes.

Few people have the luxury of large kitchens with empty cupboards waiting to be filled. Items that take up valuable storage space need to earn their place. Everything needed, except for ingredients, to decorate a cupcake is contained within the sturdy, neat tin. First impression when handling the tin and it’s contents is of quality as well as a beautiful design.

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Elizabeth Harris Perfect Decorating Cupcake Kit tin and contents.

Neatly packaged within the tin are the following items:

  • 12 cupcake cases.
  • 3 piping nozzles of different sizes and shapes.
  • Cupcake corer, used to remove the centre of a cupcake so that it can be filled.
  • Sturdy 14in/35cm reusable piping bag.
  • Splatter proof, fully comprehensive instruction guide, including basic cupcake and buttercream recipe. Also step-by-step photographs showing how to achieve 3 different cupcake decorations.
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Three of the many designs that can be made using the Elizabeth Harris Perfect Cupcake Decorating Kit

Since the instruction guide provides a reliable cupcake and buttercream recipe, it is ideal for those who are just learning to bake. Likewise, the quality of the nozzles and variety of decorating designs is perfect for both the inexperienced and more proficient cake decorator. A washable reusable piping bag not only helps the environment, but also saves money on buying their disposable counterparts. Finally the addition of a cupcake corer allows the baker to fill the cupcake with a sweet surprise.

While reviewing the kit, the basic cupcake recipe included in the instruction guide was used. Three different flavoured cupcakes were made. Vanilla, rose and lemon and peach with an apricot jam filling. Flavour extracts were used for the cake batter and food colours for the buttercream. The recommended buttercream recipe was also used.

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Using the Elizabeth Harris Perfect Decorating Cupcake Kit to create 3 differently decorated cupcakes.

Recipe used from the instruction leaflet. Makes 12 cupcakes.

  • 110g/4oz Butter softened at room temperature
  • 110g/4oz Caster Sugar
  • 1/8tsp Salt – added as unsalted butter was used
  • 2 Free Range Eggs – I use large – lightly beaten
  • 1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey
  • 110g/4oz Self Raising Flour
  • 1-2tbsp Milk
  • Optional 1/4tsp each Lemon and Rose extract. Also available from Nielsen-Massey
  • Optional 15 drops Peach flavouring available from – Foodie Flavours. Apricot Jam for the hidden filling.
  • Gold Sugar Balls

Method: followed from the instructions given.

Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan, 350F, gas mark 4.

  • Line a muffin tin with 12 cupcake cases.
  • Cream together the butter, salt and sugar in a bowl, until pale.
  • Add 1tbsp of flour, vanilla extract and slowly beat in the eggs to the mixture.
  • If using flavourings add and beat into the mix.
  • Gently fold in the remaining flour, adding 1-2tbsp milk until the cake batter just drops from a spoon (dropping consistency).
  • Spoon the cake batter to half fill each cupcake case.
  • Place the muffin tin in the centre of the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes.
  • The cupcakes are baked when they are golden in colour and an inserted cocktail stick comes out clean. As soon as the cupcakes are baked remove from the oven.
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Making and baking the cupcakes.
  • Allow the cupcakes to cool for 10 minutes in the tin then remove and place on a cooling rack to completely cool.
  • For apricot jam filled peach cupcakes, once cool, place the cupcake corer on to the centre of the cupcake. Twist until the corer touches the top of cupcake. Remove and add 1/2tsp of jam. Press the top of the corer and the cake plug will be released. Place on top of the jam filled cupcake. Continue until each cupcake is filled.
  • Proceed to pipe a hydrangea pattern, using the medium star nozzle, as detailed in the instructions. See below for buttercream recipe.
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Apricot jam filled peach cupcakes with hydrangea piped buttercream.

Making the buttercream:

  • 140g/5oz Butter softened
  • 280g/10oz White Icing Sugar
  • 1-2tbsp Milk
  • Food Colouring – I used gel colours available from Wilton

Whisk the butter in a bowl until softened. Add the icing sugar and whisk slowly to start, increasing in speed. Add milk if the mixture is too stiff. Continue whisking until the buttercream is pale and fluffy. Divide the buttercream into separate bowls and colour as desired. A cocktail stick dipped into gel colouring allows control of depth of colour. While carrying out the review I created a light and dark orange. Finishing the frill and hydrangea cupcakes with these colours.

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Two different coloured icings.

While simply spooning alternate colours into a piping bag gave the hydrangea cupcakes a pretty, range of colours. Just like on a real flower.

Using deep orange buttercream with the flat nozzle fitted to the piping bag, the frilled cupcakes were decorated. Since the nozzle was the wrong way round each frill faced downwards creating a ballerina tutu effect. Gold sugar balls topped off these vanilla cupcakes.

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Gold topped ruffle decorated vanilla cupcakes using the Elizabeth Harris Perfect Cupcake Decorating Kit.

Finally the rose and lemon cupcakes, topped with a deep red edged cream frosting. A technique that is easier than it looks. Since, as suggested in the instructions dual coloured icings can be spooned either side of the piping bag, fitted with the large star nozzle, giving a pretty coloured rose when piped. Yet a different effect can also be achieved by dipping the blunt end of a wooden barbecue skewer into your chosen colour food colour. Place the gel end of the skewer into the empty piping bag, nozzle attached and wipe the gel up once side of the bag. Repeat on the other side. Fill the bag with uncoloured buttercream.

To decorate, squeeze out some buttercream into a bowl until the colour starts to show. Spoon  back into the piping bag. Starting in the centre of a cupcake, keep an even pressure and pipe a swirl as detailed in the instructions. As each cupcake is frosted the intense colour will pale in colour. Finally giving variation, similar to real roses.

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Rose Topped rose and lemon flavoured cupcakes using Elizabeth Harris Perfect Cupcake Decorating Kit.

After washing, drying, reusing and storing every part of the Elizabeth Harris Perfect Cupcake Decorating Kit, I am thoroughly impressed. The instructions are clear and easy to wipe down for the messy baker! Each piece of equipment feels strong and sturdy. Three decorating ideas are given, each with great photos and easily understood. More ideas are available on Elizabeth’s YouTube channel here.

Elizabeth Harris Perfect Cupcake Decorating Kit is available to buy from larger Home Bargains stores nationwide. An ideal present for a beginner baker, or someone who bakes but wants to learn decorating techniques. Finally a warning, cake decorating can become addictive. Elizabeth Harris has a beautifully designed range of cake decorating equipment, bakeware and items for the kitchen, simply visit her website.

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Learn how to create beautiful cupcakes with the Elizabeth Harris Perfect Cupcake Decorating Kit.

If you have enjoyed this review of the Elizabeth Harris Perfect Cupcake Decorating Kit you may also enjoy these cupcake recipes to use with your kit:

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Maltesers Popping Candy Cupcakes

Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes

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Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes

Maraschino Cherry Chocolate Drizzle Cupcakes

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Maraschino Cherry Chocolate Drizzle Cupcakes

Carrying out reviews allows access to products that I may not normally come across. Creating cupcakes with this Perfect Cupcake Decorating Kit taught me new decorating techniques. Also, developing new cupcake recipes is always a bonus. Quite often I give away reviewed products. Not so with this kit. It has found a permanent home in my newly decorated kitchen. It will be bought and given as gifts.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchen, have fun preparing your feast.

Elizabeth Harris sent me the Perfect Cupcake Decorating Kit to review. I was not paid for carrying out this review or writing this blog post. All opinions, observations, product/ingredient recommendations are mine alone. No part of this blog post may be copied or reproduced without the written permission of the owner. Please see my Disclosure Policy.

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Marshmallow Frosted Mango Cupcakes

Today is the first day is Spring! The sun shone this morning, birds are chirping in the garden, people are outside mowing their lawns and I was inspired to create a cupcake that celebrates the passing of Winter. So here are my gluten free Marshmallow Frosted Mango Cupcakes.

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Utterly delicious and gluten free Marshmallow Frosted Mango Cupcakes.

The lovely Sarah at Heavenly Marshmallows had sent me a selection of her homemade, artisan marshmallows. Amongst the selection were nine that are mango and passionfruit flavour. I knew I wanted to somehow include these in a bake.

Since the mango and passionfruit marshmallows are gluten free and as you all know how much I love sharing, I decided to make a gluten free cupcake, with mango in the cake batter.

Yep – I love a challenge.

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Marshmallow Frosted Mango Cupcakes so beautiful and utterly delicious.

While making gluten free cupcakes was first for me, I also wanted to incorporate the delicious mango and passionfruit marshmallows into the frosting. Since I had seen lots of different marshmallow frosting’s on Pinterest and after reading through a few different recipes, as usual I  decided to come up with something of my own.

Thank you to Pinterest – without it I probably would have never tried this frosting.

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Marshmallow Frosted Mango Cupcakes could you tell the difference?

The gluten free taste test

For these Marshmallow Frosted Mango Cupcakes I decided to make two cake batters. The first was gluten free and can be seen in the photos on the yellow background, the cupcake wrappers are yellow floral, perfect for Spring.

While the second batch are in the orange wrappers and are made using plain flour, that is NOT gluten free. Since no one in our home is gluten intolerant, my wonderful family were to serve as ‘taste testers’, in a blind taste testing!!

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Marshmallow Frosted Mango Cupcakes you can see the pieces of mango in the cupcake.

Each batch of cake batter had some mango added to it. Because I didn’t have any fresh mango, I used mango from a pot in juice. I mashed up the mango with a fork and added it to the cake batter. Finally I  was thrilled that in both bakes, the mango stayed evenly distributed throughout the cooked cupcake.

So that was the cupcakes made. I’d successfully made gluten free cupcakes, with a good texture.

Marsmallow in the frosting?

Now onto the frosting. Which wasn’t as daunting as I’d imagined. Although the hardest part was saying goodbye to each of the 9 mango and passionfruit marshmallows as I put them in a heatproof bowl, over a double boiler.

Effectively this dreamy marshmallow frosting is effectively buttercream, with melted marshmallows added to it. Yes, there’s a bit more to it than that, but it is no more difficult than making a chocolate ganache, that is then whipped and piped.

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Marshmallow Frosted Mango Cupcakes the dreamy frosting is lighter than buttercream.

For some reason I’d imagined the marshmallow frosting to be a bit like marshmallow fluff. Very sticky, sweet, frosting that I’d probably have enough of halfway through eating the cupcake.

I couldn’t have been more wrong!!

Because this marshmallow frosting is the stuff of dreams, where fairies and unicorns live and rain falls like glittery sprinkles. Just took myself off into my dream world there 😉. It truly is amazing. Since the melted marshmallows lighten the buttercream frosting, giving it a mallow, sponginess, that doesn’t set hard and melts, almost like sherbet on your tongue.

Buttercream would have been delicious piped onto these cupcakes. Heavenly Marshmallows takes it to a completely different level. Utterly divine marshmallow frosting.

Recipe: Makes 12 Marshmallow Frosted Mango Cupcakes

Note: These cupcakes can be made NOT gluten free, just substitute wheat flour for the gluten free flour. Method and cooking times are exactly the same.

For the Mango Cupcakes

100g/4oz Unsalted Butter-at room temperature

100g/4oz Caster Sugar

2 Large Free Range Eggs

1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

100g/4oz Gluten Free White Flour – I use Doves Farm

1tsp Baking Powder – Waitrose Cooks’ Homebaking baking powder as it is gluten free – check yours not all brands are gluten free.

Small pinch of salt

75g/3oz Fresh or Tinned Mango – any juice strained off and mango mashed with a fork.

For the Marshmallow Frosting

Heavenly Marshmallows Mango and Passionfruit flavour marshmallows – see not at bottom of post Art of Mallow

1tbsp Glycerine

300g/11oz Icing Sugar – sifted

150g/6oz Unsalted Butter – very soft

3tsp Boiling Water

Gluten Free Sprinkles

Method preheat the oven to 170C/150C, 325F, gas mark 3

To make the mango cupcakes 

  • Add the caster sugar,vanilla and butter into a medium sized bowl and whisk/beat together until pale and creamy.
  • Sift in the gluten free flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Add 2 eggs.
  • Whisk/beat until all the ingredients have come together and the batter is smooth.
  • Always take care to not over mix the cake batter.
  • Add the mashed mango and fold into the cake batter.
  • Place 12 cupcake cases into a cupcake tin.
  • Spoon the cupcake mixture evenly into the cupcake cases.
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Mango Cupcakes ready for the oven.
  • Bake in the middle of the oven for 25-30 minutes. The low slow cooking will ensure flat tops, perfect for frosting.
  • The cupcakes are baked when they are golden brown and spring back from a light touch.
  • As soon as the cupcakes are baked remove from the oven.
  • Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the tin.
  • Remove the cupcakes from the tin and place on a cooling rack to cool completely.
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Gluten Free Cupcakes cooling on the rack.

To make the marshmallow frosting

  • First of all, place the marshmallows into a heatproof bowl and place over a saucepan of barely simmering water.
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Mango and Passionfruit Marshmallows starting to melt.
  • As the marshmallows melt it is important to keep stirring continuously.
  • Once melted remove the bowl from the saucepan and set to one side to cool.
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Heavenly Melted Marshmallows!
  • While the melted marshmallows are cooling make the buttercream.
  • Add the softened butter and boiling water into the bowl of sifted icing sugar.
  • Whisk on a high speed until light and creamy.
  • Add the glycerine and whisk into the buttercream.
  • Pour the warm melted marshmallows into the buttercream, whilst the whisk is still mixing.
  • Continue mixing on a medium speed for 5 minutes.
  • You will have the lightest frosting to pipe onto your cakes.
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Light, creamy, marshmallow frosting.

Decorating the cupcakes

  • Fit a large piping bag with a large star tip – I used Wilton #1M
  • Place the bag inside a sturdy jug or glass, folding back the sides of the bag.
  • Fill the bag with the marshmallow frosting.
  • Pipe swirls (like ice cream in cones) or roses see here.
  • Sprinkle over the topping of your choice.
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Marshmallow Frosted Mango Cupcakes here piped as swirls the frosting is very versatile.

These Marshmallow Frosted Mango Cupcakes are completely delicious and in a blind taste test the gluten free cupcakes tasted exactly the same as the regular ones!! Nobody could tell the difference and happily ate both cupcakes.

One part that was declared “exceptional” was the marshmallow frosting. This is something that I will definitely be making again. The taste and unbelievable texture is most definitely worth the extra step!

Artisan marshmallows

Heavenly Marshmallows  certainly live up to their name. Made with natural ingredients and flavourings and no artificial colours, they truly are unlike any other marshmallow I have ever tasted. Within the selection were: mint chocolate, chocolate, liquorice (which I don’t like – but tasted some of hubby’s and it was so subtle, I’d have happily finished it), lemon meringue, vanilla and the mango/passionfruit flavour.

My personal favourite was the lemon meringue, ooh I would love to top cupcakes with this one. It had an almost sherbet like flavour which I loved and it is unashamedly lemon, completely my type of delicious.

What surprised me was the melt-in-the-mouth texture. All flavours were delicious with the texture adding a massive bonus. These marshmallows are truly artisan, without preservatives and with some flavours being gluten free, I’d say they would be my perfect treat. If you know someone this Easter who doesn’t like, or can’t eat chocolate these Heavenly Marshmallows would make a wonderful gift.

Do you find it hard to buy an alternative to chocolate eggs at Easter?

If you enjoyed these Marshmallow Frosted Mango Cupcakes I think you’ll love these too:

Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes

Smartie Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes
Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes.

Springtime Vanilla Cupcakes

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Springtime Vanilla Cupcakes

Maltesers Popping Candy Cupcakes 

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Maltesers Popping Candy Cupcakes

If you make these, or indeed any of my recipes, please post a photo, if you are able, on Twitter or Instagram and tag me in. I love seeing your makes and bakes.

Wishing you all a very happy Spring.

Sammie xx

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Heavenly Marshmallows  provided me with the marshmallows for this recipe. All content, photographs and recipes are my own. Please see my Disclosure Policy.

Note: unfortunately Heavenly allows are no longer trading.

I suggest Art of Mallow as a suitable replacement.

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Springtime Vanilla Cupcakes

Wednesday this week was a truly dreary, dark and very cold day. All types of weather threw themselves at the ground; hail, snow, rain, sleet oh and it was windy too. It is March people, I want to see flowers and lambs! So to cheer us all up I made these very pretty, extremely delicious Springtime Vanilla Cupcakes.

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Springtime Vanilla Cupcakes a reminder that warmer days are ahead.

Doesn’t the image of pink, raspberry buttercream topped cupcakes, adorned with large daisy flowers and butterflies just cheer you up?

I was inspired to make these Springtime Vanilla Cupcakes buy a wonderful lady on Twitter, known as the Baking Nanna. She is an amazing baker, loyal friend and great encourager, who does so much for others.

When Baking Nanna gave me a big thumbs up and another friend called these cupcakes ‘samazing’ it really made my day.

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Springtime Vanilla Cupcakes the perfect sweet treat.

I guess with the weather being so chilly and dreary, I was also feeling a little blue too, having just received news that a very close friend is extremely poorly. So baking these cupcakes was therapeutic on both counts.

Does anyone else find baking relaxing?

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Springtime Vanilla Cupcakes do you know someone in need of cupcake cheer?

Now although these are called Springtime Vanilla Cupcakes, which is true, the cake part is flavoured with Nielsen – Massey Vanilla Extract, for the buttercream I have used a favourite flavoured icing sugar.

Sugar and Crumbs sell an amazing range of naturally flavoured icing sugars. If you remember my Raspberry Ripple Cupcakes I used their Raspberry Ripple flavoured icing sugar. Since the day that last cupcake was eaten, in Kylie’s own words “I just can’t get you outta my head” I have wanted more. More of the delicious tasting buttercream and more cupcake to swirl it onto!!

These Springtime Vanilla Cupcakes are the perfect excuse to indulge my passion again 😉.

This time though, I wanted to leave the option of flavouring the buttercream as a choice. If you do buy some flavoured icing sugar, you can certainly make the buttercream any flavour you like, as the vanilla sponge will go with any flavoured frosting. However, if you want to stick with vanilla buttercream that tastes awesome as well!

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Springtime Vanilla Cupcakes perfect whatever flavour frosting you swirl on top.

Personally I think the pink icing, along with the decorations, really set these cupcakes apart. Although ‘Springtime’ was at the forefront of my mind whilst creating these beauties, with Mother’s Day being this coming Sunday, they would also make a perfect gift for any Mum.

Recipe: Makes 18 Large Springtime Vanilla Cupcakes

For the Cake:

175g/6oz Caster Sugar

175g/6oz Unsalted Butter at room temp.

1tsp Vanilla Bean Paste – or you can substitute for Vanilla Extract

3 Large Free Rang Eggs

3tbsp Milk – whole or semi skimmed

175g/6oz Plain White Flour

1.5tsp Baking Powder

1/8th tsp/pinch of Salt

For the Buttercream:

350g12oz Icing Sugar – I used 250g Sugar and Crumbs Raspberry Ripple flavour and 100g/4oz Plain Icing Sugar.

175g/6oz Unsalted Butter

Pink Food Colour – I used Wilton pink food colouring gel (available from cake decorating shops, Amazon and similar from Lakeland UK)

2tbsp Very Hot Water

Dr Oetker rice paper daisies, various sprinkles (available from most supermarkets)

Rice paper butterflies – from Amazon

Method: Preheat the oven to 165C/150C fan

  • Line 2 cupcake tins with 18 muffin or deep cupcake cases – the ones I used were a Christmas present from Lakeland.
  • Into a large bowl add your butter and sugar.
  • Whisk or beat until pale and creamy – approx 5 minutes.
  • Add the 3 eggs, milk and Vanilla Bean Paste.
  • Sift into the bowl the flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Note: This is called the all-in-one method.
  • Whisk or beat until all of the ingredients are combined – take care not to over mix and this will make the cupcakes tough, not light and springy.
  • Place a heaped dessert spoonful of cake batter into each cupcake case.
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Springtime Vanilla Cupcakes ready for the oven.
  • Place the cupcakes into the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes,
  • The cupcakes are baked when they have risen and are a golden colour. They should Spring back when pressed lightly on the top.
  • Once baked remove the cupcakes from the oven.
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Remove the cupcakes from the tin and allow to cool on a cooling rack.
  • Allow to cool completely before icing.

To ice the cupcakes:

  • Place the softened butter into a large bowl.
  • Sift the icing sugar into the same bowl.
  • Add the 2 tablespoons of hot water.
  • Add the food colouring, I use a cocktail stick and simply insert the tip into the food colouring gel and then add to the bowl.
  • Starting slowly, whisk the buttercream ingredients until light, creamy and uniform in colour.
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Have a large piping bag fitted with a large closed star tip ready.
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Gorgeous pink buttercream ready for icing the cupcakes.
  • Place the piping tip into the icing bag.
  • Roll down the top of the icing bag.
  • Place the icing bag into a tall sturdy container, I use a jug. This simply helps when filling the bag with buttercream.
  • Using a spoon or spatula, fill the icing bag with all of the buttercream.
  • Practise on a plate, if piping for the first time.
  • Squeeze the bag so that all the buttercream is together.
  • Keeping an even pressure with one hand squeezing the bag and using the other hand to guide the piping tip, pipe swirls onto the cupcakes.
NM Springtime Vanilla Cupcakes
Springtime Vanilla Cupcakes all swirled in delicious pink buttercream.
Springtime Vanilla Cupcakes
Springtime Vanilla Cupcakes adorned with flowers, butterflies and little pearls.

These Springtime Vanilla Cupcakes look so pretty and will certainly cheer up any gloomy day.

I bought some cupcake pods, little plastic containers, perfect for holding one cupcake in and a great way to give individual cupcakes away as a gift. These were from Amazon and work out to about 10 pence per pod. They can be washed up and used again, which is great recycling and means you can share even more cupcakes with others!

Springtime Vanilla Cupcakes
Springtime Vanilla Cupcakes look perfectly presented and protected in these pods.

Piping the swirls onto these beautiful cupcakes doesn’t take very much practise and it gives the cupcakes a beautiful, professional finish. By all means use whatever cupcake toppers and sprinkles that you have to hand. The beauty of these Springtime Vanilla Cupcakes is that they are individual to your own sense of taste and style.

NM Springtime Vanilla Cupcakes
Springtime Vanilla Cupcakes the perfect treat. on any day.

Any Mum, friend, co-worker or family member are sure to be thrilled when these cupcakes are presented to them.

Do you enjoy baking for other people?

If you like the Springtime Vanilla Cupcakes you will love these recipes:

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes
Vanilla Bean Cupcakes so pretty.

Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes

Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes
Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes the perfect way to say I Love You.

Strawberry Sweatheart Cake

Strawberry Sweetheart Cake
Strawberry Sweetheart Cake swirled with roses and sprinkled with love.

Enjoy baking and experimenting with piping different swirls!

Sammie xx

 

 

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Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes

Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes. Just look at these beauties. Moist almond cupcakes, with a swirl of raspberry ripple buttercream on top. These may be my favourite cupcakes ever. I love them.

Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes
Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes these are so pretty.

Could you resist one or two of these delicious cupcakes?

I couldn’t! As soon as these photographs had been taken I ate two of these. I just didn’t want the flavour sensation to stop after the first one!

Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes
Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes the perfect way to say I Love You.

Instead of giving roses for Valentine’s Day, why not bake up a batch of these delicious cupcakes? There are certain advantages; they can be shared, they are less of a dramatic statement than red roses – therefore more inclusive to groups of people that you love. Unfortunately though, I can pretty much guarantee these Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes won’t last as long as flowers!!

Valentine’ Day is about love, whether that be your significant other, your family, your girl or guy friends. Show some love this Valentine’s Day, especially to those who may feel unloved.

Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes
Beautiful Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes as beautiful as they are delicious.

You may have seen there are a few raspberry and almond recipes on this site. Such as this Raspberry Almond Cream Cake. That’s because they go soooo well together. As much as I love creating new recipes and flavour combinations, there are a few classics that I could never mess with.

These Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes bring these two classic flavours harmoniously together. Your taste buds will sing as you bite into one of these beautiful creations.

Recipe: Makes 18 Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes

175g/6oz Plain White Flour

1.5tsp BakingPowder

175g/6oz Unsalted Butter – soft

175g/6oz Caster Sugar

30ml/2tbsp Milk

1/4tsp Salt

1tsp Vanilla Extract

1/2tsp Almond Extract

For the buttercream

250g Raspberry Ripple flavour icing sugar – available from Sugar and Crumbs

125g/5oz Unsalted Butter – very soft

2-3tbsp Boiling Water

Pink Gel Food Colouring

Method: Preheat the oven to 165C/150C fan.

  • Line a cupcake tin with the prettiest wrappers you can find.
  • In a bowl whisk together the butter and sugar until light and get and creamy.
  • Add in the eggs, milk, almond extract, salt and sifted flour and baking powder.
  • Whisk on a low speed until all the ingredients are just combined, stopping halfway through to scrape down the bowl.
  • Add 1 dessert spoonful of cake batter to each cupcake case.
Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes
Feel free to lick out the bowl once you’ve finished filling the cupcake cases!
  • Bake the cupcakes in the centre of the oven for about 20 minutes.
  • The cupcakes are baked when they are golden brown and spring back when lightly pressed.
Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes
Remove from the oven once the Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes are baked.
  • Decant the cupcakes onto a cooling rack.
  • Leave to cool completely.

To make the buttercream frosting:

  • Sift the icing sugar into a large bowl.
  • Add the softened butter and 2tbsp of boiling water.
  • Whisk until light, fluffy and creamy, adding up to 1 extra tablespoon of boiling water to obtain the desired consistency.
Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes
Raspberry Ripple buttercream, soft, smooth and utterly delicious.
  • Fit a large piping bag (I use disposable ones for coloured icing) with a large, open star piping nozzle.
  • Fold the bag back on itself, opening up the inside.
  • Using a small brush, paint two lines of food colouring gel, in a line, from the tip, to approximately half way up the bag.
  • The second line should be opposite the first.
  • Place the bag in a stable container, I use a large jug.
  • Fill the piping bag with the buttercream.
  • When the cupcakes are cooled, they are ready to be iced.
  • Holding a cupcake with one hand and starting 1/3 down from the edge, pipe a letter e, keeping the pressure constant. As you get to the end of the e continue piping around the cupcake in one complete circle.

These Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes were my first attempt at piping buttercream roses and I’m really proud of how they turned out.

Obviously practice makes perfect and if you are unsure of how to pipe these look on Pinterest or YouTube, there are plenty of short tutorials showing you what to do.

In fact out of the vast array of piping tips available, if you want a professional, bakery style finish to your cupcake Wilton’s Large Stae 1M is a great nozzle to start with.

Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes
The same cupcake with a different style of frosting, using the same piping tip.

With the cupcake above, keeping steady pressure on the piping bag, I started in the centre of the cake and piped in circles, building layers to create the classic cupcake swirl.

It is worth making up a bag of plain icing and practicing different methods, so that you feel confident icing your cupcakes.

Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes
Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes

These Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes are utterly delicious and the icing is very light. I enjoy using the natural flavoured icing sugars from Sugar and Crumbs however, you can easily use plain icing sugar and add a few drops of natural flavour extract.

Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? If so, do you keep the celebrations between you and your partner, or spread the love further afield?

However you spend February 14th, I hope you know that you are loved (see Important Stuff).

If you enjoyed these Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes you are sure to love these:

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

RR Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes
Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

Black Forest Cupcakes

RR Black Forest Cupcakes
Black Forest Cupcakes

Don’t forget I’m over on Twitter @sammiefeasting if you need any advice, or leave your question in the comments box and I’ll answer as soon as I can.

Have fun baking and making your very own creations!

Sammie xx

 

 

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British Bakeware Product Review

Hello lovely readers. Today I am so thrilled to share with you my British Bakeware Product Review.

British Bakeware produce a wide range of fantastic bakeware that is all manufactured in the UK. If you need a well made, durable piece of baking kit, British Bakeware stock it.

I was sent a Large Baking Tray, 3lb Loaf Tin and 12 Cup Muffin Tray to review. I had so much fun developing recipes and testing each product and am excited to share the final results and my thoughts on their products with you.

Large Baking Tray dimensions 33cm length x 24cm wide x 2.5cm deep

British Bakeware Product Review
Large Baking Tray with a non-stick finish.

This Large Baking Tray has a double non-stick coating and is oven, freezer and dishwasher safe.

Oh, did I mention it comes with a 5 year guarantee – yep a whole 5 years.

I really put this baking tray through it’s paces. From baking sausage rolls, on Christmas Eve, to roasting chicken, making biscuits and baking rolls. This baking tray performed time and time again.

Food cooked evenly and the baking tray was a dream to clean. Although it is non stick I gave it a very light coating of oil prior to using it. Doing so prolongs the life any non stick bakeware.

During my British Bakeware Product Review I developed new recipes. Using this Large Baking Tray I made Roast Chicken Noodle Soup  that is very low in fat and  these Cherry Bakewell Cookies for a little treat!

Cherry Bakewell Cookies
Cherry Bakewell Cookies cooling on the baking tray.

I deliberately did not grease the baking tray, or line with parchment paper. These cookies were very easy to remove, using a palette knife. That for me was the ultimate non-stick test and this large baking tray passed with flying colours.

In future I would line with baking parchment, as it is a great baking tray and I don’t want to scratch it!

Overall I was very impressed with the quality, durability and versatility of this Large Baking Tray.

12 Cup Muffin Tray dimensions 36cm length x 26cm wide x 3cm deep

British Bakeware Product Review
12 Cup Muffin Tray

This Muffin Tray has a double non-stick coating and is oven, freezer and dishwasher safe.

Yes this Muffin Tray also has a whopping 5 year guarantee.

Although this is a Muffin Tray I wanted to bake deep cupcakes in it, to see how it performed.

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes
Baked, golden Vanilla Bean Cupcakes using the 12 Cup Muffin Tray.

With the 12 Cup Muffin Tray I baked a batch of these Vanilla Bean CupcakesThe cupcakes baked evenly across the tray and were easy to remove.

What I particularly like about this Muffin Tray is the lip it has, that runs around the outside, on the top of the tray. This is a fantastic feature when baking any muffin or cupcake with a streusel topping. Inevitably some of the crumbly streusel gets knocked off the top of the muffin whilst moving the tray, this little addition ensures the sticky, crumbly mixture, doesn’t end up on your oven floor!

I do not know anyone who enjoys having to clean the oven!!!

So top marks for that British Bakeware.

This 12 Cup Muffin Tray was easy to clean, baked evenly and can be used for muffins and cupcakes. It is a complete winner all round.

3lb Loaf Pan dimensions 21cm long x 13cm wide x 12cm deep.

British Bakeware Product Review
3lb Loaf Tin

The 3lb Loaf Tin has a non-stick coating and is also oven, freezer and dishwasher safe.

Those of you who know me, know I love baking all sorts of delicious cakes, cookies, pies……

Did you know that I bake almost ALL of our bread?

This 3lb Loaf Tin has been used almost every day, since just before Christmas. I have baked our regular variety of loaves and created 2 new recipes in honour of this loaf tin – if it is possible to love an item of baking equipment, well, let’s just say, don’t try and come between me and this loaf tin. Are we clear???

Time after time it produced fantastic loaves. If you bake bread you NEED this tin. If you don’t and want to start get THIS tin.

I have been baking bread for the best part of 40 years (I started very young!!) and this is, without question, the best non-stick loaf tin I have ever used.

I created a recipe for a Wholemeal Loaf and a Spiced Fruit Loaf

The fruit loaf has a very, very sticky dough, yet it baked perfectly in this Loaf Tin.

British Bakeware Product Review
The 2nd Spiced Fruit Loaf I baked for this British Bakeware Product Review.

The 100% Wholemeal Loaf also baked beautifully in this 3lb Loaf Tin.

British Bakeware Product Review
Delicious and healthy Wholemeal Loaf.

Have I convinced you to start making your own bread yet?

I have thoroughly enjoyed carrying out this British Bakeware Product Review, not least because the products I reviewed were of excellent quality. They withstood the rigours of a normal household kitchen, although, it is probable that I bake more than most.

Whether you are a frequent baker, or not I can thoroughly recommend British Bakeware products. They are very reasonably priced, especially when you consider all three items I reviewed come with a 5 year guarantee and they are made right here in the UK.

Following this British Bakeware Product Review they will now be the first place I turn to when I need baking equipment – in fact I already have a few items on my list!!

As you know I frequently mention sharing on here. First home, wedding, birthday – how about giving a baking gift from British Bakeware? Maybe go one step further, pick a recipe (from feastingisfun of course 😉) buy the ingredients and the bakeware to bake it in and give it as a present?

Here are the links to get you started!

Large Baking Tray

12 Cup Muffin Tray

3lb Deep Farmhouse Loaf Tin

Do you enjoy baking?

Would you like to start baking?

Please let me know. I really enjoy reading your comments. I am not an expert but will always aim to give helpful advice.

Have fun baking, I’m off to do some online shopping at British Bakeware

Sammie xx

British Bakeware provided me with the 3lb loaf pan, large baking tray and 12 cup muffin tray, for me to review. All opinions and content are my own. I did not receive any payment for carrying out this review.

 

 

 

 

 

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Black Forest Cupcakes

Hello there, today we are talking birthdays. Birthdays mean cake – lots of it. Shared amongst family and friends in a celebration of us getting another year older. Yeah, I hear you – cakes could also be seen as a comfort food, for those of us notching up the years! Yet when I was younger, every year for my birthday I would ask for a Black Forest Gateaux. Especially as the best part was having a slice for breakfast, the day after my birthday. Ooh it tasted so good and my love for this dessert inspired me to make these Black Forest Cupcakes.

Black Forest Cupcakes chocolate sponge topped with mascarpone, cherries and drizzled in syrup.
Black Forest Cupcakes chocolate sponge topped with mascarpone, cherries and drizzled in syrup.

Also I have added my own little twists, but the basic components stay the same; lighter than light chocolate sponge, dark cherries in glorious deep ruby syrup and a mascarpone cream topping. Have I got your attention now?

Black Forest Cupcakes perfect chocolate, cherry treats.
Black Forest Cupcakes perfect chocolate, cherry treats.

 

Previously as I’ve mentioned before on this blog, I actually don’t bake cupcakes very often. Such was my craving for the taste of Black Forest Gateaux that I finally conceded to make these Black Forest Cupcakes. 

Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa herself is famous for saying she likes “Rembered flavours.” Since our tastebuds can transport us to various places and times the instant they are tantalised with a remembered flavour.

Black Forest Cupcakes so do that to me. Memories of birthdays past flooded my brain as I took the first bite. Delicious does’nt even begin to describe how good these cupcakes are!

Black Forest Cupcakes cherry-chocolate heaven in a bite.
Black Forest Cupcakes cherry-chocolate heaven in a bite.

 

Using mascarpone/cream for the topping gives these cupcakes a rich, deep, creamy flavour. You can see I haven’t overloaded these cupcakes with topping. A small swirl, topped with a syrupy cherry, is the perfect compliment to the moist, light, chocolate, sponge.

Ok confession time!!! After these Black Forest Cupcakes had been assembled and had their beauty shots taken, I unashamedly face planted, straight into one. Mmm what’s life without a little fun?? So I had to wash my face, hands afterwards – it was totally worth it. If you make these, I encourage you to do the same – have some fun!!!

Black Forest Cupcakes www.feastingisfun.com
Black Forest Cupcakes www.feastingisfun.com

 

Recipe : Makes 18 Black Forest Cupcakes

225g/8oz Unsalted Butter – room temperature

225g/8oz Caster Sugar

1/4tsp Salt

1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey 

200g/7oz Plain White Flour

50g/2oz Cocoa

2tsp Baking Powder

4 Large Eggs – free range if possible

50ml/2fl oz Milk – whole or semi skimmed

250g/9oz Mascarpone Cheese

150ml/5fl oz Double Cream

1tsp Caster Sugar

375g/10of Pouch or Tin Good Quality Cherry Pie Filling

Method : Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan, 350F, gas mark 4.

Place the butter, sugar, vanilla extract and salt in to a large bowl.

Whisk the butter, sugar, vanilla and salt until pale and creamy.
Whisk the butter, sugar, vanilla and salt until pale and creamy.

 

Sift the flour, cocoa and baking powder together into a seperate bowl (dry mix).

Add one third of the dry mix to the creamed butter mixture, whisk briefly and then add 2 eggs and whisk again. Repeat the last 2 steps again and then finish by adding the milk and the last of the dry mix. Whisk until fully incorporated.

Mousse like chocolate batter for the Black Forest Cupcakes
Mousse like chocolate batter for the Black Forest Cupcakes

 

Place 18 cupcake cases into the cupcake pans.

Use a standard ice cream scoop to fill the cases evenly with the chocolate batter.
Use a standard ice cream scoop to fill the cases evenly with the chocolate batter.
Continue until all the cases have been filled.
Continue until all the cases have been filled.

 

Place the pans into the preheated oven and bake for 15 – 20 minutes. The cupcakes are cooked when pressed lightly on top, the sponge springs back.

Black Forest Cupcakes all even the beauty of using an ice cream scoop!!
Black Forest Cupcakes all even the beauty of using an ice cream scoop!!

As soon as the cupcakes are baked remove from the oven.

Remove the cupcakes from the pan and leave to cool completely on a cooling rack.

Black Forest Cupcakes cooling on a rack.
Black Forest Cupcakes cooling on a rack.

 

To make the topping, whisk together the mascarpone, cream and caster sugar until stiffened. This process can easily done by hand, it takes very little time – beware of over whisking!!

Black Forest Cupcakes whip the mascarpone, cream and sugar together.
Black Forest Cupcakes whip the mascarpone, cream and sugar together.

 

Fit a large piping bag with a large star tip, I use Wilton 1M. Fill with the mascarpone mixture and pipe small swirls on top of each cupcake.

Black Forest Cupcakes pipe a small swirl of mascarpone cream onto the chocolate sponge.
Black Forest Cupcakes pipe a small swirl of mascarpone cream onto the chocolate sponge.

 

Tip the cherry pie filling into a bowl. Using a spoon place a cherry on top of each of the cupcakes. Finally, go back and drizzle a little of the syrup over each cupcake.

Black Forest Cupcakes topped with a cherry and drizzled with the syrup.
Black Forest Cupcakes topped with a cherry and drizzled with the syrup

If not eaten immediately, these Black Forest Cupcakes need to be kept refrigerated in an air tight container, where they will keep for up to 3 days.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Black Forest Cupcakes you may also like these:

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

FF Black Forest Cupcakes
Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

FF Black Forest Cupcakes
Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

Pink Heart Topped White Chocolate Cupcakes

FF Black Forest Cupcakes
Pink Heart Topped White Chocolate Cupcakes

Do you have a favourite ‘remembered flavour’ from your childhood?

Sammie x

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Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

Hello, have I got a treat for you today. Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes. I know, I hardly ever post cupcake recipes, but today, well, I had this big punnet of beautiful, juicy, Blueberries sitting in the fridge, waiting to be eaten. Then I noticed the lemons. I love lemon, the flavour, the scent and these lemons are super special – they are called Eureka lemons. What a cool name. So I had a little think to myself (mostly a dangerous pursuit!) and decided it was time to make me some cupcakes.

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes feastingisfun.com
Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes feastingisfun.com

 

When I say me I mean our family. We all love a good cupcake and as I don’t make them very often as they really are a treat. I must confess though, that two of these cupcakes didn’t make it throught to the frosting stage – my daughter and I snaffled one each whilst they were still warm. Mmm. Totally worth it. Jammy pods of sweet, warm blueberry in a moist lemon crumb, yep no guilt felt at all. In fact you could make these and skip the frosting stage completely and they’d still be knockout delicious!

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes - the ultimate treat.
Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes – the ultimate treat.

 

The Frosting on these Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes totally sends them over the top. Using fresh lemon juice ensures the frosting is the perfect balance to an already wonderful cupcake. It adds another dimension of sweet/tart creaminess that simply makes these cupcakes awesome.

I actually had to resist adding some sparkles to these cupcakes – because sparkles?? I held back as the blueberry, polka dot studded frosting looked so pure and, well, perfect. If you want to add sprinkles or sparkles, just know I’m good with that.

Recipe : Makes 12 Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

175g/6oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

175g/6oz Caster Sugar

1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey 

1/4tsp Salt

3 Large Free Range Eggs

175g/6oz Plain White Flour

1 1/2tsp Baking Powder

300g/11oz Fresh Blueberries

1 Lemon zest

Frosting :

400g/14oz Icing Sugar (Confectioners sugar)

150g/5oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

3-4tbsp Lemon Juice (from the lemon above)

Method : Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan, 350F, gas mark 4

Making the cupcakes

  • First of all add the sugar, salt and butter to a large mixing bowl.
  • Whisk together until pale and creamy.

Add the sugar and butter to a bowl.

Whisk together until light and fluffy.

 

  • Add the vanilla extract and 2 eggs and whisk thoroughly.
  • Remove 1 tablespoon of flour, for dusting the blueberries later.
  • Sift in half the flour/baking powder and mix until just combined. I usually do this by hand, or use a low setting on a stand mixer.
  • Add the remaining egg. Stir briefly before adding the remaining sifted, dry ingredients. Mix until everything is just incorporated.

This cake batter is ready for its fruit!

 

  • Keep back enough blueberries to decorate the cupcakes with. Now toss the remaining blueberries in the tablespoon of flour. This will stop them sinking to the bottom of the cupcake whilst baking.
  • Zest the lemon using a grater or, as I have, a lemon zester. Add to the bowl.
  • Stir the batter carefully by hand to avoid breaking up the blueberries.

Add the blueberries and lemon zest.

 

Stir the batter carefully by hand to avoid bursting the blueberries.

 

  • Line a muffin/cupcake tin with 12 cupcake cases.
  • Using an ice cream scoop fill the cases evenly with batter.
Using an ice cream scoop fill each case with cake batter.
Ready for the oven.

 

  • Place the Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes in the middle of the preheated oven.
  • Bake for 20 – 25 minutes. The cupcakes are baked when they are golden brown and spring back when lightly pressed.
  • I don’t suggest using a toothpick or skewer to check these particular cupcakes, as they are full of jammy blueberries, the skewer is likely to come out unclean.
  • As soon as the cupcakes are baked remove from the oven.
Remove the Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes from the oven.
Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes.
  • Allow the cupcakes to cool for 10 minutes in their tin, before removing them.
  • Place the cupcakes on a cooling rack and leave to cool completely before icing.
Place the Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes onto a cooling rack.
Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes 

Making the buttercream and icing the cupcakes

  • Place the icing sugar, soft butter and 3 tablespoons of lemon juice into a bowl.
  • Whisk thoroughly adding more lemon juice if the frosting is too thick.

Whisk the butter, icing sugar and lemon juice together until light and fluffy.

The whipped buttercream

  • Fit a nozzle of your choice (I used a large star tip) to a piping bag. I then turn over the outside edges and use a large glass or jug to put my piping bag in whilst I fill it with the frosting. I created a swirl pattern with my frosting.

Starting at the outside edge, frost the cupcake using a circular motion.

  • Start at the outside edge and keeping an even pressure on the piping bag ice the cupcake in a circular motion.
  • Repeat until all of the cupcakes are frosted.
Beautifully frosted Lemon Blueberry Cupcake.
Beautifully frosted Lemon Blueberry Cupcake.

 

  • Now it’s time to adorn the beautiful, creamy, frosting with the deep, dark, blue, berries that you reserved.
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Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes 

If not served immediately store in an airtight container. During hot weather refrigerate. Eat within 3 days.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes you may also like these:

Black Forest Cupcakes 

FF Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes
Black Forest Cupcakes

Caramac Frosted Chocolate Cupcakes 

FF Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes
Caramac Frosted Chocolate Cupcakes

Fresh Raspberry Frosted Lemon Cupcakes 

FF Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes
Fresh Raspberry Frosted Lemon Cupcakes

Enjoying these Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes means to me, sharing. Seeing the pleasure on neighbours and friends faces when you pop round with one of these beauties makes me go all warm and fuzzy inside. Not because of what I’ve done, purely the reaction of someone smiling.

Who will you make smile?

Sammie x

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Bakewell Cupcakes

Hello people, do I have the perfect picnic Cupcake for you to make and enjoy this sunny day here in the UK today – I think so? Let me introduce these delicious Bakewell Cupcakes. All the yumminess of Bakewell Tart in Cupcake form.

Bakewell Cupcakes, best eaten outside in the sunshine!
Bakewell Cupcakes, best eaten outside in the sunshine!

 

Now I love Bakewell Tart, the raspberry jam layer, enveloped in an Almond sponge or frangipane, so I set about turning one of my favourite tarts into a cupcake. Hence the Bakewell Cupcake was born.

Bakewell Cupcakes, perfect for a picnic in the park.
Bakewell Cupcakes, perfect for a picnic in the park.

 

You have to admit, these cupcakes even look cheerful  – maybe it’s the bright red cherry on top of the Almond glaze?  When you bite into these Bakewell Cupcakes your mouth is filled with an assortment of tastes and textures! The hidden Raspberry jam and Almond flakes in the centre are a wonderful surprise!

Bakewell Cupcakes - pretty and delicious!
Bakewell Cupcakes – pretty and delicious!

 

The use of flaked Almonds in the centre is two-fold, firstly they provided a delightful crunch, secondly they stop the Raspberry jam from sinking to the bottom of the cupcake. So when you bite through the glorious Almond glaze into the moist cupcake sponge, your mouth is then filled with tart Raspberry Jam and crunchy Almond flakes. The perfect cupcake balance!

Bakewell Cupcakes - with Raspberry Jam and Flaked Almond centre.
Bakewell Cupcakes – with Raspberry Jam and Flaked Almond centre.

 

Now enough of me telling you how scrummy these are, let’s get on with how to make them!!

Recipe :  Bakewell Cupcakes makes 18

18 Cupcake Cases

225g/8oz Unsalted Butter – at room temperature

225g/8oz Caster Sugar

1/4tsp Salt

4 Large Eggs – pref free range

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1/2tsp Almond Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey 

225g/8oz Self Raising White Flour

1/2 Jar Raspberry Jam

175g/6oz Flaked Almonds

For the topping:

400g/14oz Icing Sugar

1/2tsp Almond Extract

18 Red Glace Cherries

Method :

Preheat Oven to 180C/160C (fan).

First of all line the muffin tins with the cupcake cases.

Add the butter, sugar and salt to a large bowl.

Whisk together until light and fluffy. Then add the Vanilla and Almond Extract. Whisk to combine.
Whisk together until light and fluffy. Then add the Vanilla and Almond Extract. Whisk to combine.
Add half the flour and 2 eggs, whisk together to combine.
Add half the flour and 2 eggs, whisk together to combine.

Add the remaining flour and eggs, whisk until combined.

Light, fluffy, Almond flavoured cake batter.
Light, fluffy, Almond flavoured cake batter.
Place approx 1 teaspoonful of the batter into the bottom of each cupcake case.
Place approx 1 teaspoonful of the batter into the bottom of each cupcake case.
I used the end of a desert spoon as it was easier! Continue until each case has cake batter in the bottom.
I used the end of a desert spoon as it was easier! Continue until each case has cake batter in the bottom.
Add a good pinch of flaked Almonds to each case, pressing the cake batter flat as you add them.
Add a good pinch of flaked Almonds to each case, pressing the cake batter flat as you add them.
Place 1/2 a teaspoon of raspberry jam on top of the Almonds.
Place 1/2 a teaspoon of raspberry jam on top of the Almonds.
When the jam has been added then place a heaped teaspoon of cake better on top.
When the jam has been added then place a heaped teaspoon of cake better on top.
The batter will naturally spread out during the cooking process, sealing in the hidden jam centre!
The batter will naturally spread out during the cooking process, sealing in the hidden jam centre!

 

Place the Bakewell Cupcakes into a preheated oven and bake for 15-20 mins, until the top is golden brown and springs back when lightly pressed.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes in the tin before transferring them to a cooling rack.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes in the tin before transferring them to a cooling rack.
Allow to cool completely before icing.
Allow to cool completely before icing.

 

To make the icing, sift the icing sugar into a bowl, add 1/2tsp of Almond Extract and enough water to make a thick, fluid icing. It should be able to hold a figure of eight.

Almond flavour glaze that's just the right consistency.
Almond flavour glaze that’s just the right consistency.
Use a teaspoon to cover the top of the cupcakes with the icing.
Use a teaspoon to cover the top of the cupcakes with the icing.
Now pop a cherry on top and leave to set for a couple of hours - if you can wait that long??
Now pop a cherry on top and leave to set for a couple of hours – if you can wait that long??

 

Bakewell Cupcakes are not only pretty and delicious, they also make perfect, portable, picnic food. They are ideal for sharing with friends, family or someone you know, who needs a little pick-me-up!

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Bakewell Cupcakes you may also like these:

Iced Bakewell Tart

FF Bakewell Cupcakes
Iced Bakewell Tart

Bakewell Shortbread Bars 

FF Bakewell Cupcakes
Bakewell Shortbread Bars

Cherry Bakewell Cookies 

FF Bakewell Cupcakes
Cherry Bakewell Cookies

 

I hope you try my cupcake version of a traditional Bakewell Tart.

What other deserts can we turn into cupcakes?

Sammie Xx

 

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Double Chocolate Chunk Mint Cupcakes.

Hi there, I hope you are having a good day and hopefully this recipe for Double Chocolate Chunk Mint Cupcakes will make you smile and encourage you to get baking!!!!

So late (7.30pm – that’s late for me!) the other night, I was in bed and our lil man popped his head round the door and said “Mummy it’s the school bake sale tomorrow.  Do we have anything that I can take in?”.  Looking at me with his angelic, freckled face and gorgeous green eyes, hopeful, expectant.  Mummy’s can sort anything out, at a moments notice – can’t they????

Well of course we can!  Improvisation is one of the most important parenting tools any mum or dad learns.

So, fortunately my cupboards are groaning under the weight of baking ingredients at the mo, due to being unwell over Christmas – see there’s a silver lining to every dark cloud!  If I was going to bake I was definitely going to blog about it.  Only problem with that is, have already posted Chocolate Chunk Cupcakes (chocolate cupcakes guaranteed to sell and make the most money!), I needed a different chocolate recipe.  So I invented a new recipe on the spot – Double Chocolate Chunk Mint Cupcakes!

They look and taste soooo good!
Double Chocolate Chunk Mint Cupcakes. They look and taste soooo good!

Given my desire to get back to bed ASAP I decided not to frost these cupcakes. Sprinkling each individual cupcake top with chopped up crunchy after dinner mints turned out better than I hoped for.  The crunchy mint chocolate shards didn’t melt, or lose their shape and once cooled provided an excellent topping in itself!  Ditching the frosting also made it much easier for my lil man to transport these scrumptious (WHAT?? – of course we had to try them!!!) cupcakes to school.

Recipe : Makes 33-36 Cupcakes

1lb/450g  Unsalted Butter – at room temp

1lb/450g  Light Soft Brown Sugar

8 Eggs – Large, room temp – pref free range

2tsp. Vanilla Extract

1tsp. Peppermint Extract

1/4tsp. Salt – I use Kosher (free flowing and additive free)

12oz/350g White Self Raising Flour

4oz/100g  Cocoa Powder

8oz/225g  Milk Chocolate Chunks (or chips)

4oz/100g  Dark Mint Chocolate

Method :

Preheat oven to 190C (175C fan).

Place the butter and sugar into a large bowl and whisk (using an electric whisk, or beater paddle in a stand mixer) until completely combined (this is called creaming) and light and fluffy in texture.

A mix of sugars. Dark and light brown and white caster - it was late and it was the best I could do!!!!
A mix of sugars. Dark and light brown and white caster – it was late and it was the best I could do!!!!
It all whisked up beautifully - breathed sigh of relief!!!!
It all whisked up beautifully – breathes sigh of relief!!!!

Add the vanilla/peppermint extracts and the salt. Whisk in thoroughly.  Now add the eggs, one at a time, whisking between each addition – I break each egg into a separate bowl before adding it to the mixture –  it helps keep any errant eggshell out of the batter.  If the eggs are at room temp then the batter shouldn’t curdle, however, if it does start to curdle just add 1 tablespoon of your flour and the mixture will come back together again.

All 8 eggs whisked in and no curdling! I was relieved.
All 8 eggs whisked in and no curdling! I was relieved.

Next sift in the flour and cocoa powder.  Fold this in using a spoon/spatula, using a gentle figure-of-eight movement rotating the bowl to ensure the flour/cocoa become fully incorporated. The idea is to keep the mixture light and not lose too much of the trapped air from the whisked in eggs.

Add the milk chocolate chunks and fold these into the Cupcake batter so they are evenly distributed.

This mixture looks, smells and tastes scrumptious!
This mixture looks, smells and tastes scrumptious!

Line you cupcake/muffin tin with cupcake cases and using an ice cream scoop, fill the  cases 3/4 full (one scoop full).  Remember I’m not frosting these cupcakes so I want them to have a nice rounded top!

Ready....
Ready….
Squeeze.....
Squeeze…..
Plop! The exact amount of batter drops into the cupcake case - brilliant - and quick - and much less messy than using 2 spoons!
Plop! The exact amount of batter drops into the cupcake case – brilliant – and quick – and much less messy than using 2 spoons!

Sprinkle the crunchy, dark mint chocolate shards over the top of each uncooked cupcake, pushing slightly into the batter.

Ready for the oven!
Ready for the oven!

Bake the cupcakes for 15-20 mins depending on your oven.  I usually test if cupcakes are cooked by lightly pressing in the middle and if it springs back it’s cooked.   I DON’T suggest you do this – I did, forgetting there would be melted chocolate on the top – OUCH!!  So, when the Double Chocolate Chunk Mint Cupcakes are risen, with a nice dome shape, lightly press the SIDE of the cupcake top.  If firm remove the cupcakes from the oven, if it’s still a bit sticky and wobbly, leave them in the oven for 3-5 minutes until firm and then remove.

Leave to cool for a good 5 minutes before removing to cool on a baking rack.
Leave to cool for a good 5 minutes before removing to cool on a baking rack.

If you’ve only got a couple of cupcake tins you can pop them on the garden bench to speed up the cooling process, so you can decant the cupcakes, wash the tins, get the next batch in the oven and get back to bed!!!!

Come on babies, cool quickly please?
Come on babies, cool quickly please?

When the cupcakes are all cool, pack into an airtight container, cupcake box for school bake sale or place one on a plate pour a glass of milk and take it up to bed to enjoy!!!!

All Double Chocolate Chunk Mint Cupcakes were sold out in 2 minutes the next day, raising £10 for the charity Mencap!!!

The fun bits……..

Who needs a dishwasher......
Who needs a dishwasher……
When you have chocolate loving children
When you have chocolate loving children

You could easily halve this recipe, should you not have a cake sale to bake for, or, here’s a thought – use the recipe, as is, and surprise someone with a tin/box/plateful of scrummy cupcakes!!

Remember Food Tastes Better When It’s Shared. Happy Feasting!

Sammie x

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