I'm really not a fan of fruit and I usually have to bribe myself to eat it, so the thought of ruining a lovely little cake with some nasty bits of fruit makes me feel quite uncomfortable! But I thought that some of the recipes looked quite good, and I thought I could always pick the fruit off mine, so I tried a couple out!
These fairy cakes were from 101 Teatime Treats and were actually the first lot of cakes I made when I started to bake, back in January for my step-sister's birthday. They are really simple - just plain fairy cakes with a dollop of marscapone, a raspberry and a dusting of icing sugar - but I think they look pretty.
For my step-mum's birthday in March I made some strawberries & cream cupcakes from 200 cupcakes - again, just plain fairy cakes with the middles scooped out, some whipped cream spooned in and sliced strawberries on top.
I wasn't too impressed with the presentation on these ones, it didn't look as good as the book... I think mostly because I'd overwhipped the cream. I was planning to do them again at some point during Wimbledon, and was thinking I might pipe the cream and then just top with a whole strawberry - since I think my slicing skills are also an issue!
I was just about to say that rhubarb is the next fruit on the list to try, but apparently rhubarb's actually a vegetable... either way, I like the idea of rhubarb and custard muffins, so I'm hoping to try those soon!