As exams draw to a final close, sharing cakes seems like the perfect way to celebrate. I decided to do a bit of experimenting with a limited selection of ingredients and these delightful cupcakes is what I came up with.
Cupcakes (makes 8 large cupcakes):
110g self raising flour
110g unsalted butter
110g caster sugar
1tsp vanilla flavouring
2 large eggs
2 tbsp milk
50g melted milk or white chocolate
1/2 jar of raspberry jam
Cream cheese frosting:
50g unsalted butter
150g soft cheese
50g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla flavouring
Preheat oven at 180C
1. Begin by making the cupcakes. Cream the butter and sugar together until it becomes lighter in colour.
2. Once fully combined, slowly add the eggs and beat together. Add milk to make the mixture of dropping consistency. Finally add the vanilla flavouring.
3. Fill the cupcake cases until they are half full and bake for around 15 minutes until golden brown.
4. Allow to cool for a while on a wire wrack. Then, using a knife cut a 10p size circle into the cupcake and spoon out the centre with a spoon. Allow for quite a big hole but so it doesn’t reach the cupcake case on the bottom.
5. Spoon in the jam until the hole is 3/4 full. Finally top with melted chocolate until the hole is levelled off. I used milk chocolate but think white chocolate would work really well but I didn;t have any in my cupboards. Leave to set.
6. Make the frosting next. Beat the butter in a bowl until it becomes soft. Then beat in the cream cheese. Sift and fold in the icing sugar until combined and then beat to get rid of any lumps.
7. Finally add the vanilla flavouring and allow the icing to set a little in the fridge until the cupcakes are completely cool.
8. Ice your cupcakes! I sprinkled freeze dried raspberries on top for added raspberry flavour.
These brownies didn’t need much dressing up. Just a sprinkling of pink glitter and a few hearts and voila, love in a tin. Salted caramel gooey brownies… heat them up in the microwave (or eat them freshly baked) for an extra feeling of gooey warmth.
This was my first time making salted caramel. I’ve been desperate to make it after having some delicious brownies from a little bakery in Clifton (Bristol) and macaroons from Selfridges. Valentines Day seemed like the perfect occasion to brave it and push the boat out.
The recipe I used was easy to follow. It includes videos and pictures and, if followed to a tee, promises brilliant, mouth-watering results. I can’t claim the recipe to be mine, so here it is:
Let me know what you think. I know I’ll be making them again!
Every Christmas I get an array of recipe books, all of which I look through meticulously, dog earring the recipes I MUST try NOW. Many of the recipes on my to-do list remain undone. However, there are 2 brilliant recipes I make over and over again, because, sometimes risking not having that perfect tea and cake combination is just not worth it. I am all about tea and cake. Well, I’m not now that it’s 2014 and I have my new years resolutions to abide by but there is simply nothing better than washing down a slice of cake with a nice cup of tea!
So, without further ado:
1. Paul Hollywood’s chocolate almond cake.
I love the dense texture of this cake, you only need a small slice so it lasts longer! Before topping the cake with ganache Mr Hollywood requests we lather the it with cherry jam! The combination of jam and dark chocolate is wonderful. This is a chocolate cake with a dash of sophistication (or so I like to think) and so perfect for those Sunday afternoon tea sessions.
This recipe can be found online at: http://www.mumsnet.com/food-content/chocolate-almond-cake
How To Bake (Paul Hollywood)
2. Stacie Stewarts salted caramel custard and chocolate cake.
I am currently a little bit obsessed with salted caramel. I’m up for trying anything if you mention it’s got salted caramel in it… I’m not usually a fan of custard but gimme a bowl of THIS custard and I’ll polish it off. I’m usually a big fan of desserts and sweet things so the saltiness of this cake is ME all over. Usually a packet of crisps would win over any cake but here we have more of a competition. I’m not sure what it is about this cake and Paul Hollywood’s one but they just both go down so well with a cuppa. The tea just cuts through the salty and cherry flavour its so refreshing and DELICIOUS.
Has anyone else tried these recipes and as impressed by them as me? OR are there any wonderful cakes I need to know about. As you are probably aware, I’m partial to a chocolate cake, but I also love a good lemon cake.