Showing posts from April, 2014

Mexican spiced chocolate orange cake

I am breaking all my rules and posting this cake out of order because I saw a food blog challenge that I wanted to enter!

This was the birthday cake I made for myself last weekend. I'm currently obsessed with all things Mexican, and one of my favourite desserts in history is the spiced chocolate orange fudge cake from Las Iguanas - if you haven't tried it, you really should. I can never resist it! So I decided to try and recreate the flavours of my favourite dessert.

I tweaked a recipe for chocolate spiced cupcakes that I saw in the Primrose Bakery: Celebrations book (rather embarrassingly in the 'teenage boy birthday party' section). Seemed like bit of an odd recipe - it involved melting butter and chocolate, then stirring in the sugar, dry ingredients and the eggs at the end. It made for an incredibly runny cake batter and I was feeling dubious... a feeling which intensified when the cakes didn't rise very much and seemed rather heavy when I took them out of the …

Toffee Popcorn cupcakes

Isn't it ace when you decide you want to make some cupcakes and you know you've got just the right cases for them? That's what happened here. Almost two years ago I bought these cupcake cases because I loved the red stripey ones - they made me think of popcorn and also for some reason, the circus (?!). So when I discovered a bag of toffee popcorn in the cupboard at Christmas - seriously, I have no idea where it came from! - I decided to make these popcorn cupcakes from the Hummingbird Bakery Home Sweet Home book to take along to a post Christmas gathering with some friends and I knew these cases would be perfect for them.

These cupcakes were so light and fluffy with nice little crunchy toffee bursts hiding inside! The frosting was very sweet and you didn't need a lot of it - for that reason, even though the cases worked well with the cupcakes they also made them very difficult to eat... it was so hard to peel them out of the cases, and even when you'd done that th…