Recipe: Bueno Cupcakes

It was the annual Macmillan bake sale at work on Friday and my contribution was these bad boys. Alert!! You will find chocolate in every part of these cupcakes, the cakes chocolate chipped, it’s in the filling, buttercream and on top. These little (big) treats may look a bit tricky to make but were actually very easy, and I only had a whisk and a wooden spoon (I really am in need of a kitchen aid, a girl can dream).

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You will need:

  • 225g Butter, melted
  • 225g Caster Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 3 tablespoons of milk
  • 225g Self Raising Flour
  • 100g Chocolate Chips
  • 1 jar of Nutella

for or the buttercream/ toppings:

  • 300g butter, soft
  • 450g Icing sugar
  • 2 bars of Bueno, broken into the individual pieces

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Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the melted butter, milk and sugar until well combined then one by on add the eggs and whisk in.
  3. Mix in the flour until you have a nice thick cake mix.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of Nutella and the chocolate chips and stir in until the chocolate chips are evenly spread out.
  5. Line a muffin tray with cupcake cases, add a dessert spoon of mix to each of the cases.
  6. Top the cake mix with a heaped teaspoon of Nutella and then top each one with another spoon of cake mix.
  7. Bake in the oven for 20 mins until the cakes are golden and spring back up when softly pressed down.
  8. Transfer the cakes onto a wire rack to cool.
  9. While the cakes are cooling to make the buttercream mix together the butter, icing sugar and the rest of the Nutella from the jar until a light fluffy light brown buttercream is formed.
  10. When the cakes are cooled pipe on the buttercream and top with a piece of Bueno. Voila!!

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Recipe: Strawberry and Cream Cupcakes/ Chocolate and Cream Cupcakes

Last weekend it was birthday time, which means…. Cake time!!!!! Or cupcake time in this instance. For my dad’s birthday I decided on cupcakes but to go down a classic Victoria sponge route, then I couldn’t decide on strawberry or chocolate, strawberry or chocolate, strawberry or chocolate. Cue brainwave….. I’ll do both.

This recipe makes 24 cupcakes, 12 strawberry and 12 chocolate. After all, when there’s your family and a cake fiend boyfriend to feed there can never be too much.

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You will need:

  • 350g Self Raising Flour
  • 350g Butter
  • 350g Caster Sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3 tablespoons Baking Powder
  • 500ml Double Cream
  • 12 heaped teaspoons Strawberry Jam
  • 12 Strawberries
  • 12 heaped teaspoons Nutella
  • 12 chunks of Chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon Icing Sugar

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Method:

  1. Pre heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. One by one mix in the eggs until thoroughly mixed in. Add the vanilla essence and mix.
  4. Fold in the flour and baking powder until a thick cake mix is formed.
  5. Line a muffin tin with 12 cupcake cases.
  6. for the strawberry, add a heaped teaspoon of cake mix to each of the cases, then add a heaped teaspoon on strawberry jam on top of the mix, then add another heaped teaspoons of cake mix to top it all off.
  7. Bake the cupcakes for 20 mins until golden and the cakes spring back up when lightly pressed.
  8. for the chocolate, repeat the same process as the strawberry except use Nutella in the place of strawberry jam.
  9. When the cakes are cooled its time to decorate. Whip up the double cream and icing sugar until stiff and forms peaks. Using a piping bags pipe the cream onto each of the cupcakes.
  10. Top each one with a strawberry or chunk of chocolate and enjoy!!

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You will notice that these cupcakes use fresh cream and strawberries so won’t last as long as other cupcakes, not that we ever have a problem I’m our house.

 

 

Recipe: Raspberry, Honeycomb & Ice Cream Cake

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I came accross this recipe for this quick, simple yet indulgent and impressive in a magazine and couldn’t wait to create it. Made ahead will prove showstopper for any party, a perfect summer dessert, it’s messy and loads of fun.

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You will need:

  • 250g Caramel Biscuits (or digestives will do the trick)
  • 85g Melted Butter
  • 500g Vanilla Ice Cream (I used Carte Dor but any good quality would do)
  • 140g Honeycomb (See yesterdays post for the recipe [you will need to use about half of what you made])
  • 400g Raspberries
  • Approx 20cm loose bottom pie dish

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Method:

  1. Crush or blitz the biscuit until they resemble crumbs and mix with the butter. Line the pie dish making sure the bottom and all of the sides of dish are covered. Put in the fridge for a minimum of 30 mins until the filling is ready.
  2. Take the ice cream out the freezer and leave to slightly defrost.
  3. While its defrosting tip half the raspberries in a large bowl and crush using a masher, the back of a fork or whatever you have to hand.
  4. Add half the Honeycomb to the raspberries and tip over the softened ice cream. Spoon together until the mixture has a marbled effect.
  5. Tip the mixture into the prepared base and flatten down. Put in the freezer to set for a minimum of 4 hours (I would recommend overnight to allow the mix to become more solid as it makes the cake easier to handle)
  6. Just before you are about to serve the cake take it out the freezer and decorate with the rest of the raspberries & honeycomb. Enjoy!!

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If you don’t fancy Vanilla Ice Cream & Raspberries Why not try using Rich Chocolate ice cream and topping with Black Cherries to make the cake even more indulgent. Why not serve with the Quick and Easy Caramel Sauce from my earlier post.

Recipe: Plum and Hazelnut Crunch Cake

This is the cake I spoke about in my previous post (Hello August) and is soo good I just had to share it. Inspired by Sunday afternoon boredom, a ripe punnet of Plums and whatever else I could find in my cupboard, the results are just amazing.

You will need: (this makes enough for approx 10 portions)

  • 150g Self Raising Flour
  • 150g Soft Butter
  • 150g Demerara Sugar (plus 3 tablespoons for the crunch)
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 150g Hazelnuts
  • 1 Punnet Ripe Plums
  • 2 tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • Loose Bottom Spring Form Cake Tin (approx 20cm)

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Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 175 degrees/ gas mark 4 and grease and line your cake tin with baking parchment.
  2. Cut 3 of your plums in half  (and remove the stone) for the top of the cake and roughly dice the rest, place to on side in a bowl.
  3. Roughly chop the Hazelnuts with a sharp knife and place in another bowl to one side.
  4. In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat the eggs and stir into the mixture.
  5. Fold in the flour and baking powder. Take 3 tablespoons of the chopped hazelnuts and add to the sugar reserved for the crunch and add the rest to the cake mixture.
  6. Add the chopped plums, drizzle in the maple syprup and fold in so evenly distributed throughout the mix.
  7. Pour the mix into the cake tin and level out. Top with the halved plums and the hazelnut/ sugar mix and bake in the oven for 50 mins until golden and firm to the touch.
  8. Leave to slightly cool and enjoy at your leisure.

This is great just served simply with a scoop of ice cream or dollop of cream and a perfect accompaniment to a hot brew.

Hello August

Well the sun is shining here in Yorkshire (well it is at the moment guaranteed that in the next 5 minutes the heavens will open) and I’m enjoying the delights that this month has to offer.

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Fresh flavours are in prime season such as Tomatoes and Basil, which I have been enjoying in simple Tomato & Mozzarella Salads and homemade Salsas.

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Plums which are great fresh or in cakes and tarts, I made a great Plum and Hazelnut cake last week (recipe will be shared in the near future) which went down a treat with a piping hot brew.

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And Crabs and Lobsters enjoyed fresh from the sea on coastal breaks especially great in Cornwall and Jersey. Also, it’s great to see that ice cream is bang on trend at the moment with an influx of crazy flavours over in the US such as Indian Pale Ale and Sriracha Popcorn. While over here the innovation lies in the making, in June I travelled down to Taste of London festival where Custom Creams were showcasing their new way of making our favourite frozen treat. They inject fresh cream, plus your choice of flavour, with Liquid Nitrogen to make the ice cream instantly right in front of you using a device that looks like a cross between a Kitchen Aid and something you would have seen in your science lesson back at school, just brilliant.

Well that’s the first post complete, lets see where the journey takes us.