Showing posts from May, 2011

May Bake It Club: Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

I've been wanting to do the Bake It! club again pretty much every month since the last time I did it in November but every time the recipe went up I thought it looked great but always found some reason why it didn't happen. When this month's recipe of Lemon Meringue Cupcakes went up I thought it would be the same, since meringue is something I have been trying to hide from, but since I had 4 eggs left over from last week I took it as a sign that I should face my demons!
These were so quick and easy to make, but for some reason my cupcakes sank in the middle! I really didn't understand it - I had put the oven on to my usual cupcakes temp of 180c but after 15 minutes they didn't look anywhere near ready... then I left them in too long and I thought it was going to be a complete disaster. They tasted quite nice though and as they'd been in too long they had a sweet crust on the top which I actually quite liked!
So I ploughed on and made my meringue, which was a grea…

Bakewell Tart Cupcakes

Recently I've been starting to lose my temper with the baking cupboard - mainly because the thing I'd go in for always seemed to be right at the back, and also because every time I opened the door something seemed to fall out. I always wanted to have a jam-packed baking cupboard, but it seems that I really need to get a bigger cupboard! There has been all sorts of half empty things hanging around in there for ages that I bought for one recipe and never needed again.

And so these Bakewell Tart Cupcakes were born! I had been wondering how to get rid of the almond extract and the glace cherries, and after mulling it over at work, decided to give these a whirl. Now, I know there's probably loads of recipes for similar things in books and on the net, but I decided to just wing it myself to see if I could come up with something edible. And I did! They were very light and fluffy and the almondy flavour was quite strong - was wondering if it would come through, as I hadn't got …

April Round Up and Kreativ Blog Award

Good heavens, where did April go?! This year is just flying by! Just thought I would do a quick round up of what I made in April - nothing was particularly inspiring or exciting, but since I want to document everything I make it's only right to include them (even though I'm dying to rush on to my next post, but patience, patience!)

Firstly, my mum's birthday on the 9th meant a second outing for the Marbled Mocha Cake

since my Mum is also a coffee cake fiend (there is a lot of them about!). It was exactly the same recipe but this time decorated with chocolate curls and Maltesers. It was just as good on the second run, and I felt the marbled effect was more apparent, but I don't know what I did differently - perhaps was just less enthusiastic with the skewer!Secondly, was Easter. I feel quite sheepish posting my Easter bakes since I have seen so many gorgeous Easter bakes that are in a completely different league to mine. If I'm honest, I was quite lazy - I mostly wan…