Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Pimms Cupcakes

I joined my local WI (Women's Institute) at the beginning of the year as I wanted to meet some new people in my local area. I've been attending the meetings every month and I've been really enjoying it. So far I've listened to the author Rosie Garland read passages from her book out in a entrancing theatrical style, I've heard a former sex worker who turned her life around and is now studying for a degree tell her personal journey, and I've been inspired by women in business giving advice from their life experiences. It's been an interesting few months! I decided to bake for this month's meeting and as the theme was sport and Wimbledon is happening at the moment, Pimms cupcakes immediately popped in my head!

I decided to use some dried fruit inside the batter so I cut up 60g dried apple and 90g dried strawberry.

I mixed together 245g butter and 245g caster sugar. I added 4 eggs, and the zest of 1 orange, 1 lime and 1 lemon.

Finally I added 245g self raising flour, the chopped dried fruit and 6 mint leaves chopped very finely.

I baked the cupcakes on 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 20 minutes. The batter made 18 cupcakes.

To decorate I made icing using 160g butter, 1 and a half tbsp Pimms and 400g icing sugar. I piped it on using a piping bag and nozzle.

I used paper straws, strawberries cut in half and mint leaves to finish the decoration. I thought they looked really cute!

The cupcakes dissappeared fast at the WI meeting and at the end of the meeting I won a bottle of faux Pimms for my efforts! I was embarrassed, but pleased of course!

I'm entering these cupcakes into myself and Cakeyboi's monthly challenge, Treat Petite. This month's theme is 'Summertime Special'.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Treat Petite June - Round Up

The theme for this month's Treat Petite was 'Let's Get Fruity'. I don't know about you, but with the sun finally showing it's face, I'm craving fruit and fruity foods. All the Treat Petiters this month have made some delicious fruity treats, if you like what you see, don't forget to check out their blogs!

The first entry was from Searching For Spice with these super cute Rhubarb & Fromage Frais Hearts, easy to make and a perfect fruity treat for summer!

More rhubarb deliciousness from Only Crumbs Remain with Rhubarb & Custard Cupcakes. What a fantastic combination!

Tales From The Kitchen Shed submitted a delicious Individual Lemon Tart, which she baked especially for a family visit.

Tales From The Kitchen Shed also sent in two healthy recipes, Healthy Blueberry & Orange Muffin Bars and Sugar Free Mini Cheesecakes. She used orange juice, honey and maple syrup to sweeten these tasty looking bakes.

Caroline Makes... used a beautiful mould to make these Vegan Orange Mini Rose Cakes. I love the effect and she kindly made them vegan for a friend.

I entered twice this month with Double Chocolate & Strawberry Muffins and Mango & Lime Muffins. I made them using some Urban Fruit samples I was sent and drizzled chocolate on the top. They were very tasty and went down a storm when my boyfriend's friends came to visit!

Belleau Kitchen made these delightful Strawberry Jam-On-The-Inside & White Chocolate Fairy Cakes. They are so sweet and perfectly summery!
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Lemon & Lime Thyme sent in these gorgeous purple Blondie Cupcakes with Blackcurrant Buttercream Icing. The simple flower decoration is stunning!

Tin & Thyme made these gorgeous Raspberry & White Chocolate Flapjacks. She used up some leftovers and some bargain price fruit, and created something delicious.

Lancashire Food made Cranberry & Citrus Cookies using some leftover egg yolks after a batch of meringue making. This is a recipe I will be keeping handy for such an occassion!

These beautiful Strawberry Crumble Muffins were made by The Gluten Free Alchemist. She turned a broken freezer disaster into a delicious treat, they sound so tasty!

Only Crumbs Remain sent in Lime Curd Squares, which sound tangy and tasty. I love citrus flavours and I don't think I could only eat one!

Family Friends Food made her own almond butter for these Flourless Almond Butter Cupcakes. She made a batch with blueberries, and another with chocolate chips.

These stunning Boozy Orange & Strawberry Trifles In A Jar are a second entry from The Gluten Free Alchemist. She has been having a run of bad luck this month, but no doubt these gorgeous trifles put a smile on her face!

My Treat Petite co-host Cakeyboi made this tasty but simple Apricot & Lime Fool. A simple dessert to make and really tasty too. I mean fruit and cream mixed together - guaranteed yum!

Patisserie Makes Perfect made these stunning Strawberry Choux Buns. They look perfect and I want to dive right in!

United Cakedom made these Fruity Cookie Cups, which I think look delicious and fresh and would be perfect as a canape at a party!

Madhouse Family Reviews made these yummy Cherry Muffins. She baked half the batch in foil instead of cupcake cases and was impressed by the results. I will have to try it!

Cooking For Kishore made these gorgeous Raspberry Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins. They look stunning and perfectly baked.

Check out Cakeyboi soon for July's challenge!

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Double Chocolate Cake for Father's Day

Silver Mushroom, a homeware retailer, contacted me recently as they have conducted a survey to find out what treats the men in our lives wanted the most on Father's Day. Cake was the winner, with brownies coming a close second. So they've had chef Damian Trejo from Manhattan Grill in Canary Wharf create a chocolate cake recipe that is a perfect gift for your dad and sits somewhere between a cake and a brownie - perfect!

Silver Mushroom stock a variety of well known brands such as Kilner and they sent me the dry ingredients for the recipe in a large Kilner jar.

To make the cake I melted 150g butter in a pan and added 2 tbsp golden syrup. I whisked in 2 eggs and 150ml semi-skimmed milk.

I sifted the dry ingredients into a bowl, and added the wet ingredients. I mixed it well and poured it into a lined tray.

I baked on 175C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 20 minutes.

Once the cake was fully cooled I melted 50g white chocolate and drizzled it over the cake.

I love giving homemade gifts for any occassion and I do always find that my male friends and relatives appreciate cake more than anything! My dad is visiting for dinner today and I think he will really enjoy eating this cake for dessert! It smells amazing and has a gorgeous moist texture, I can't wait to dig in myself! You make this same recipe into a loaf cake or even cupcakes too.