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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Carrot Cupcakes

This is a bake of mine that I did about 6 weeks ago now, for a friend of mine I play netball with. She needed some cupcakes to take to a work party and said she knew exactly who to turn to. How flattering!

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I spotted these carrot decorations in Sainsbury’s a few months ago on offer for a £1 so I picked them up, knowing I’d definitely use them at some point and here the opportunity came!

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

Jen x

Spiced Banana Nut Muffins

This is the first of quite a few posts that will be coming over the next 2 weeks as I will be doing more than my usual amount of baking. I’ve got a cake for a 70th birthday to make and one of my netball ladies has asked me to do a load of cupcakes for a work thing she has on so I’ll certainly be a busy bee! This recipe came from a need to bake something to take to a barbecue (as always!) and from a couple of challenges that some of the blogs I follow put up.

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Star ingredient for this bake are the spices I used, particularly this beauty. It’s been sat in my cupboard for a while as I haven’t baked any gingerbread or ginger loaves in a while (I went through a phase of baking them every week whilst in my second year at uni, my housemates loved me!) I dug it out (luckily it was still in date!) and made spiced banana nut muffins. I say muffins but I actually didn’t have any muffin cases so they ended up being spiced banana nut fairy cakes but same difference 😛

Click here to see how it went 🙂 Comments are appreciated as always from those that tried them.

Jen x