Banana & Toffee Cupcakes

The last month has been crazy, full on crazy. I went to Stockholm a couple of weeks ago, and it was glorious. I never get tired of visiting Scandinavia, it’s like this paradise where everything is just lovely and full of coffee and pastries, and they have museum exhibitions about brewing beer (yes!). It also…

The Reintroduction

Welcome. It’s been about 18 months since I last did this properly. I’ve resolved now to reform the habit, and stick at this. During the time I’ve been gone, I forfeited my domain, and now find it taken away from me. That’s kind of cool though, because I’d been wanting to drop the ‘bakery’ part…

Gingerbread Cupcakes

It’s now December, which means tis the season (despite the fact that I’ve done Christmassy recipes the last two weeks). I have my advent calendar (Peppa Pig, chosen by my housemate), and we’re putting up our decorations next week! The semester is almost over, which means I have more essays to write, but I’m really…

Plum Cupcakes

This week I spent a few days staying with Laura in Gloucestershire. Laura lives on the edge of the Forest of Dean, where  everything is beautiful and green and just downright lovely. We picked plums in her garden and made perhaps the tartest plum crumble ever. When I start picking fruit I never want to stop if…

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

This week the lovely Laura came to visit me. She had just returned from living in Paris for the last two years, and came covered in bags full of stuff. I do mean covered. It was her birthday a few weeks ago, and I sent her a wooden pop-out cupcake in place of a real…

Black Bottom (Cup)Cake

On Friday it was my friend Julian’s birthday, and so, of course, I made him a birthday cake. Black-bottom cupcakes (from the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook) are one of the recipes on my list, but I decided it wouldn’t be that much different if I just made it as one cake instead of 12 tiny ones. It…

Chocolate Cupcakes

This is the second batch of cupcakes I’ve made this week, and I’m so happy with them! Sometimes one of several things occurs: the cupcakes are too firm, the icing to cake ratio isn’t quite right, or the icing is just too sickly sweet. But not these. Oh no. I have finally found the perfect…

Lemon Curd Cupcakes

So, taking from the awesomeness that was the strawberry jam cupcake, I decided lemon curd would be an equally good flavour for these – and hey, meringue based icing and lemon? You know it makes sense. It also happened that Father’s Day was coming up, and my dad likes lemon a lot, so there it…

Strawberry Jam Cupcakes

One day I would like to own a shop like this, and when I do, these lovely Strawberry Jam Cupcakes will be front and centre of the display.  I’m not going to write out the recipe here, but they have an awesome kind of icing I have never made before, which is kind of meringue…