Coffee and Walnut Cupcakes

I had a whole company attended course scheduled for work and it’s becoming the norm now for me to bring something baked with me. In fact, I’d feel strange if I didn’t bring something with me! I wanted to make something a bit more grown up and this little bottle of liqueur has been winking at me for a long time so I decided to make some coffee cupcakes and flavour the topping with the liqueur. Walnuts go lovely with coffee cake and I wanted some texture in the cakes so there you go, decision made!

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Everyone prefers their coffee differently – black/white, sweet/no sugar, strong/weak etc. so I was a little nervous about making these and getting the coffee flavour right.

Click here to see how it went, comments are appreciated as they always are.

Jen x

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Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes

I bought these on a Lakeland splurge in January when I only needed another £1.50 to get my total up over £60 (I had gift vouchers, don’t worry!). I had to Google what “fleur de sel” actually was and when I found out, this little pot went straight into my basket.

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I’ve been wanting to try making my own salted caramel cupcake recipe for a while, since I went to London with Alex and visited the Primrose Bakery in Covent Garden and picked one up there.

Click here to see how it went and to see the cupcake that inspired this recipe. Comments are appreciated as always, especially from those that tried them.

Jen x

PS – a pre warning for the long post that follows!

Hamburger Cupcakes

Yep you read the title right, this weekend I made cupcakes that look like hamburgers! It was one of my netball friends birthdays a few weeks ago and as yesterday was absolutely gorgeous barbecue weather, that’s exactly what we did!

When I first decided to start this blog, I did a lot of research and browsing through the more established blogs to get ideas for bakes or even to just copy a bake I really liked. This recipe most definitely caught my eye and I am absolutely delighted that I’ve finally had an opportunity to actually bake/make it! You can find the pictures that inspired me at Bakerella’s blog which I think you will agree are pretty awesome. I didn’t have time to make the cookie fries but I definitely think I’ll give them a go in the future.

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These beauties went down very well (at least I think they did!) and it was really exciting for me to actually create something. The assembly of all the different parts of these cupcakes was actually more rewarding than the bake of them which is unusual for me. Click here to see how it went and to discover how to make them yourselves. Comments are appreciated from those that tried them 🙂

Jen x

PS – aren’t you lucky, getting two posts in one week!

Giant Lemon Yoghurt Cupcakes

It was my birthday a few weeks ago and I was lucky enough to receive some vouchers for Lakeland (which is rapidly becoming one of my favourite shops ever!) and this is one of the purchases I made. I have seen that giant cupcakes are getting more and more popular recently so I jumped on the bandwagon and I’ve been waiting for an excuse to use it ever since!

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Sadly, two of my awesome work colleagues are leaving – moving on to pastures new – and I thought this would be a great opportunity for me to use my shiny new toy and to show my appreciation for all they’ve done for me when I was a newbie (who doesn’t love receiving cake as a gift!?) I went for lemon yoghurt as it’s a tried and tested Mary Berry recipe that never fails me, very fresh and relatively low fat for a cake as it uses natural yoghurt to replace the majority of the butter.

Click here to see how it went and as always, comments are appreciated, especially if you’ve tried one!

Jen x

Mint Aero Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

So to kick off my blog in style, I decided to go for this recipe first due to buying this intriguing item ages ago – when I spotted it for a reduced price in Sainsbury’s (don’t worry, it’s still in date until July!)

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I was interested in experimenting with it as I’ve always enjoyed minty flavours but wondered how well it would fit into a recipe, particularly a sweet cupcake recipe. Click here to see how it went!

Comments are always appreciated,

Jen x