Showing posts from January, 2013

2012: the rest

I was happy to see a few others do blog posts recently with some 'leftover' bakes that they'd forgotten to blog and I thought it would be a good idea to do one myself. I have a few bakes that I can't really justify individual posts for - for various reasons, including not having too much to say about them, not having very many pictures, and to be honest, baking them so long ago that I can't remember much about them at all!

So here are three bakes that didn't quite get a blog post to themselves, through no fault of their own!

Banoffee whoopie pies...

These came about due to a whoopie pie obsession that never quite got off the ground. After the success of the mint ones they were all I could think about for about a week and I made these due to some bananas left skulking in the fruit bowl. Considering I don't really like bananas, I really liked these and writing about them now has made me want to rekindle my brief love affair with whoopie pies. The recipe for th…

East Coast Cake

Mike's sister's birthday is always a good one on the cake calendar. In the past she has had a sweets covered victoria sponge and ice cream cupcakes, and this year I decided to try a cake based homage to a dessert that is something of a family favourite - the East Coast Sundae from Frankie & Benny's.

On a side note, I think the Frankie & Benny's sundaes have taken a nosedive recently - for some reason they keep lashing everything in red berry sauce... I like a bit of it drizzled on my 99ers but I don't want it in my sundaes thanks! I just don't think it goes that well with things that are more chocolate based, and the F&B red berry sauce is too tangy and gloopy and well really there's just too much of it. UGH!

Happily, the East Coast Sundae is one that has escaped the recent invasion of excessive red berry sauce. For those of you unfamiliar with it - it is toffee and chocolate ice creams, with marshmallows, chocolate covered honeycomb and maltes…

Skinny lemon cupcakes

Now for something that's a little bit more January friendly! Since August, I've been on a very little bit of a diet. Nothing drastic, but I've been following a low fat plan to try and make my day to day eating habits a little more healthy, so I could feel a little less guilty about eating out at weekends or chomping my way through large bags of crisps in front of the X Factor. This is the problem with living with a skinny boy with a sweet tooth - he can eat what he likes. I can't.

It hasn't affected the baking that badly because I've always been more of a 'feeder' with my baking and usually try out recipes with others in mind rather than myself. But some Hairy Dieters recipes in the October issue of Good Food caught my eye and I had earmarked the Skinny Lemon Cupcakes to try out - just 175 calories a pop!

It can be a bit risky making anything low fat for people in case they think you're trying to make some kind of point, but one of my work colleague…

Homemade Christmas gifts

Every year I try to give a few homemade gifts here and there. This Christmas I had some grand ideas to make jams and chutneys but with starting a new job just before Christmas, I had to knock that one on the head and resolve to do it next year instead. I did manage to make a few homemade treats though!

Firstly I made some Gingerbread Latte cupcakes to take round to our friends when we went over for a Christmas get together. It was a good job that I did a practice run of these first which was a slight disaster since I only remembered about adding the cream when the buggers had been in the oven for 15 mins! Without cream though they just tasted like gingerbread and so my Mum's office were the happy recipients of the test batch! So I was very careful to add the cream on the second run. I cannot recommend this recipe - or the Lola's book - enough. All the cakes I've made so far have come out beautifully. I see that someone else has enjoyed this recipe and you can see it onlin…

Gingerbread cupcakes with clementine buttercream

I hate blogging things out of order, but as Christmas is becoming more and more of a distant memory I had better bosh out my Christmas bakes first.

I started a new job just before Christmas, and as is tradition with my old colleagues, had to endure a leaving buffet in the meeting room! I'm really not ungrateful, but these kinds of things are up there on the anxiety-o-meter at the best of times, and so when they're for ME it tips me off the scale! Anyway, as is also tradition I had to bring some cakes along and I wanted to make something festive, but that was relatively quick and un-complicated because I had an absolutely horrendous last week trying to finish everything off.

I looked back through some past recipes and decided to re-visit these Gingerbread cupcakes with clementine buttercream. I was a bit hesitant as I didn't remember raving about them particularly at the time, but they were made during the whirlwind of baking that was Christmas 2010 and so I'm not surp…

Matcha and pecan cupcakes

Happy New Year! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and your 2013 is being good to you so far. I've been rather quiet on the blogging front again lately - I just never can get into the swing of things anymore. I'm planning some big blog changes this year, but knowing me it will take the best part of the year to get anything sorted, so I will soldier on for now with sporadic posts about things that I baked months ago and are now totally unseasonal. These are from September....

Ever since seeing the Matcha Chocolate cupcakes in the Lola's book, I've wanted to get my mitts on some matcha tea. For some reason I had never been able to find any that was cheap enough to justify buying. So I was happy to pick up some cooking grade matcha tea when I was at the Cheshire Food Festival in September!

I also bought a matcha cookbook at the same time and saw a recipe for Matcha and Pecan cupcakes, and since I already had a spare bag of pecans lying around I thought it must be fate...