Foodie Friday: Rainbow Cupcakes

It’s Friday so I thought I would share a foodie recipe with you. After successful baking with Amelia last week I couldn’t wait to get her helping out again. I have seen loads of rainbow and multicoloured cakes/cupcakes and honestly…I think they can look quite ugly especially when the colours blur and end up with a bit of a mush but thought we best give them ago and make them as pretty as can be.

As always whenever baking I use my trusty Hummingbird Bakery book and went with the vanilla cupcake recipe, but you could use whatever cupcake recipe you like. Amelia helped lots with stirring, I think baking could be her new favourite thing. Here is the cupcake recipe, I can highly recommend using it;

Vanilla Cupcake Ingredients

Vanilla Cupcake Method

Once you’ve made your basic cake mix your going to want to separate it into as many bowls depending on how many different colours you want. I used; green, purple, blue, yellow and pink.

Something I would suggest is using a food colouring gel as the liquid colouring can give an unpleasant taste when a lot is used but with the gel you need such a small amount to get a great colour.

Now its just as simple as putting it in the cases in varying orders, layers and patterns.

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While they were cooling I whipped up a simple vanilla frosting (Hummingbird again!) I love how thick this frosting comes out and it tastes amazing. To keep with the colourful theme I used some multicoloured confetti sprinkles.

Vanilla frosting recipe;

Vanilla Frosting Ingredients & Method

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Considering I wasn’t the biggest fan of coloured cake and the thought of eating green cake kinda grossed me out I am now converted. They look really nice and these ones actually looked quite pretty with the white frosting on top. Will definitely be baking some more rainbow coloured things!

Have you ever made a rainbow cake/cupcakes before?

Thanks for reading!xx

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Baker Baby

Baking with a baby; probably not the easiest thing or the cleanest but pretty fun and cute to watch! Wednesday afternoon I thought it would be nice to bake something with Amelia and we had plenty of ingredients to make vanilla cupcakes with a chocolate ganache to go on top. Nice and simple.

Amelia’s not actually got fully involved with baking before so I was really interested to see what she would do plus it was an afternoon away from toys and doing something new.

Before I let Amelia get involved I weighed all the ingredients out in bowls and melted the chocolate for the ganache and had that setting in the fridge.

We have the cutest apron and bakers hat from My 1st years that I obviously had to dress Amelia up in. She looked so so so cute although she didn’t keep the hat on for very long. Its just a little fabric apron and its gone in the wash and come out looking brand new again so I’m pleased with that. You know how much I love personalised items and when they look this cute it really is the perfect accessory for your baking friend!

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I think when baking with a baby/toddler it is important not to expect too much! I love my baking and I’m quite a perfectionist and a bit of a control freak in the kitchen (as in if I’m not cooking I don’t like watching someone else cook in a different way) so I thought I would actually find it really hard to watch Amelia splattering mixture everywhere and rubbing chocolate covered hands into the cakes but it was so nice watching her get involved and seeing how much she could do. I also only let her do things that I knew she could do and jobs that she could be pleased with finishing.

First of all she put the cake cases in the tin. Amelia was really good at this and she could choose which cases she wanted and put them where-ever she liked in the baking tray.

I let her do lots of stirring and tipping ingredients into different bowls and turning the dials on the mixer (just to get rid of any left over lumps!) She loved stirring and peeping in to see all the different ingredients. We talked through what it all was too with Amelia repeating the odd word I said.

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I then put the baking tray onto a chair and the cake mixture bowl on the floor and let Amelia fill up the cases. I showed her how to do it and just pointed to different cases and she filled them up. This was the messy bit!!!! Mixture went all over the chair and floor but sometimes you just have to let them get messy. It was so cute watching her puzzle out where to put the mixture and looking at her concentrating face.

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Thankfully she didn’t even think about putting the spoon in her mouth until right at the end. And obviously had to give the dog some too!! Don’t fret the spoon got taken straight away once the dog had licked it and I put the rest of the mixture in the cases that were lacking some.

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Once they were cooked and cooled I got Amelia set up to decorate them with the chocolate ganache and some sprinkles.

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This was the bit that didn’t go down so well…after decorating about 4/5 cupcakes Amelia decided that the ganache tasted too good to put on the cakes and that she would just eat it instead, including what was already on the cakes. This quickly turned into a nightmare meltdown situation of a screaming Amelia with chocolate covered hands running around the kitchen because she wanted the chocolate. I had to finish decorating them myself when she was calming down in the lounge.

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Minus the meltdown it was really fun to get her as involved as possible and I was surprised with how much she could do. It’s really important to give babies and toddlers the opportunity to experience new things and tasks that involve a bit of mess.

Amelia was very excited when it came to tasting her product after dinner (sharing with Mummy!)

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Do you brave baking with your little one?

Thanks for reading!!xxx

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BakedPotato Mummy

First Birthday Party!

Although this post is not necessarily relevant anymore I haven’t posted about Amelia’s first birthday party yet and thought I would just do a brief post mostly including photos!

So you know those crazy party planners that turn into complete psychos on the day…well that was me! I had a vision of how I wanted it to be and how I wanted it to go and there wasn’t going to be anything getting in the way of that. So I apologise again to anyone who was involved and experienced this! But the birthday and the party were a huge success and definitely an amazing way to spend and celebrate Amelia’s first year of life. We were really fortunate that all important family and friends could make the event and as you can imagine Amelia was spoilt rotten by everyone that loves her.

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These were Amelia’s birthday party invites, all completely different and handmade. Took a while so probably won’t be doing that again!! Half got the idea from Pinterest and then a trip to Hobbycraft got the rest of it going.

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This was Amelia’s first birthday cake. Made by myself and a close friend of mine who is very talented and did the really hard bit (covering the cake). I was so happy to be able to say that Amelia’s first birthday cake was homemade to a design that I chose and very lucky to have a friend who has a steady enough hand to cover it!! It was just a vanilla sponge with buttercream and jam inside. I was worried making this a few days before if it would still taste yummy by her party but it did and the two weeks later that we were still eating it!

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There was so much food! Went a tad overboard with the food; a sweet table and a savoury table. There was a huge variety; I didn’t just want to do sandwiches etc so we had chicken skewers, sausages in rolls, cheese scones then nibbly bits like crisps, cheese and pineapple, vegetables and dips and lots of other bits. The sweet table was my favourite as it included some really yummy deserts most of which are my favourite; brownies, mini keylime pies, strawberry tarts and loads of cupcakes! Pretty much everything that could be homemade was and there wasn’t too much left over so the guests obviously appreciated it too.

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It wasn’t the sunniest of days but thank goodness it did not rain so it was an inside/outside kind of affair which was really nice. The party had a few different groups of people ranging from family, family friends, girls I went to school with and mummy and baby friends so having a large space meant there was plenty of room for everyone to mingle but not be on top of one another.

Decoration wise there was lots of balloons and cute bunting that I had found at various places in the lead up to the party. I managed to get some really lovely cardboard cake stands, plates and napkins all in a pink spotty floral pattern from Asda and I had cute striped straws from eBay. I made a ‘Happy Birthday Amelia’ birthday banner which I can see still getting cracked out for Amelia’s 18th birthday or something! I also got some of the honeycomb balls from Sainsburys which came in a pack of three and perfectly fitted the kind of colour scheme I was going for. These again have been packed away ready for the next party!

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Amelia’s birthday was on the Friday and we had the party on the Saturday afternoon from 2-5pm! It was a really close call but everything was done just in time for a glass of Pimms before the first guests arrived. I know that a first birthday isn’t going to be something Amelia will remember and it was probably more for me but it was such a nice day to spend with everyone in her life and will be great for her to see these photos when she is older!

Here are a few more photos:

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Thanks so much for reading! Let me know what you did for your little ones first birthday!

xxx

Treats Tuesday

Another baking recipe for you! Absolutely loving incorporating lots of nice things to make one delicious cake!

These are Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes; a base of strawberries soften the sponge and the cream cheese frosting with the digestives sprinkled on top make it taste as though you are eating strawberry cheesecake and not a cupcake.

They are so simple (thanks to the Hummingbird Bakery) and are perfect for the nice sunny weather we are getting. Light, fresh cupcakes and so tasty.

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For the cakes you will need:

  • 120g plain flour
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 40g butter if unsalted add a pinch of salt
  • 120ml milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 12 strawberries chopped into small pieces

1. Preheat your oven to 170C /Gas3/325F and lay 12 cake cases onto a baking tray.

2. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and butter either in a mixer or by hand.

3. Pour in the the milk and vanilla extract and mix together well.

4. Add the egg and beat well for a few minutes to ensure the ingredients are well incorporated.

5. Add a spoonful of the chopped strawberries to the bottom of each cake case.

6. Spoon the cupcake mixture on top until around two thirds full.

7. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven.

For the decoration:

  • 100g digestive biscuits
  • 300g icing sugar
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 125g cream cheese

1. Put the digestives into a freezer bag and break up until crumbs/blitz in a blender.

2. Beat the icing sugar and butter together either with a mixer or by hand until the mixture has come together.

3. Add all the cream cheese and beat until incorporated.

4. Do not overmix as it can become runny, pop into the fridge to thicken.

5. Once the cupcakes have cooled, decorate with the cream cheese frosting.

6. Sprinkle the broken digestives over the top.

Keep these cupcakes in the fridge! 

Hope you enjoy!! xx

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Foodie Friday

As you may have seen from other posts of mine I LOVE baking and trying out new cake recipes. So today I wanted to share this recipe with you; Black Bottom Cupcakes. It is from the Hummingbird bakery cookbook and is basically a chocolate sponge and cheesecake combined (I know!! Incredible right!!!)

This is a recipe for 24 cakes; mine only made 22 but that’s because I ate mixture and overfilled a couple of cases!

It’s super simple and would love for you to give it a go!

For the chocolate sponge base:

  • 380g plain flour
  • 240g caster sugar
  • 80g cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 80ml sunflower oil
  • 3 teaspoons of white vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons of vanilla extract

 

1. Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas3 and line your baking trays!

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2.  Put the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and bicarb in a large bowl and mix until all the dry ingredients are combined.

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3. Put the oil, vinegar, vanilla extract and 250ml of water in a hug and whisk to combine.

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4. Slowly add this to the dry ingredients if using a electric whisk increase the speed.

5. This mixture will not be like a normal cake mixture it is super thick as it just acts as a chocolate base!

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6.  Spoon the mixture into the cases until about 2/3 full! Don’t overfill early on like I did and run out! And don’t eat too much of the mixture again like I did…oops!!

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7. Set these aside and get started on the cheesecake filling.

For the cheesecake filling:

  • 300g cream cheese
  • 120g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 200g milk chocolate chips

1. Beat together the cream cheese, sugar, egg, vanilla, and salt.

2. If you are using an electric whisk be careful not to overmix as this can cause the cream cheese to separate!

3. Stir through the chocolate chips. This mixture is quite thin and annoyingly the chocolate chips seem to just sink to the bottom!

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4. Add about 1 tablespoon of the cheesecake filling on top of the cupcake mixture that is already in the cases.

5. Place into the preheated oven for about 20-25minutes.

6. You want the cheesecake to be starting to firm and then set once they are out of the oven and cooled! Be careful not to overcook as they will be super dry and crumbly!

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And there you go!!

This is a completely different recipe to anything I have used before. Putting vinegar in the cake mixture and no eggs/butter seemed really strange but it tastes sooo good! Me and my parents actually had them warm for a pudding just as they came out of the oven which was delicious!

Have you ever experimented with cupcakes??

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Thanks for reading! xx

Chocolate Malteser Cupcakes

I love baking and my latest creation were Chocolate Malteser Cupcakes- really simple recipe but they taste incredible!

Firs things first you need your kitchen aid…

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This was mine; she wasn’t actually very helpful at all and just sat eating spoons and throwing them at me. But always handy to have yourself a sous chef.

But seriously for the cakes you will need:

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  1. Preheat the oven Gas3/170C/325F
  2. Put flour, cocoa powder, butter, salt, baking powder and sugar into mixer and combine until like sand (this can be done by hand too)
  3. Whisk the milk, egg and vanilla together in a jug then pour in about half into the flour mixture.
  4. Beat to combine (high speed if you are using a mixer)
  5. Add the rest of the milk mixture (slower speed if you are using a mixture)
  6. Mix until smooth and until there aren’t any lumps!
  7. Spoon the mixture into 12 cases about 2/3 full.
  8. Bake in a preheated oven for 20-25minutes
  9. Check with a skewer or a knife that they are cooked (should come out clean)
  10. Leave these to cool for as long as possible before decoration.

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For the butter cream:

125g butter

250g icing sugar

60g crushed Maltesers

2 drops vanilla extract.

10ml milk

  1. I find the easiest way to crush Maltesers is by putting them into a bag and hitting them with a rolling pin until broken up so do this first.
  2. Combine the butter, sifted icing sugar, milk and vanilla until creating a buttery yummy mixture- this again can be done by hand or in a mixer.
  3. Add most of the crushed Maltesers leaving a small amount to be sprinkled on top of the cakes.
  4. Leave this in the mixer for about 10minutes or continue to mix until it is thick and frosting-like. (I find using a mixer/handheld mixer works best for butter cream).
  5. Add to cakes once they are completely cool (otherwise icing melts) -this can be done with a piping bag or just a spoon!
  6. Finally sprinkle the remaining crushed Maltesers over the top of the butter cream for decoration

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Finally sit down and eat one…or two!

Enjoy xx