Tag Archives: cupcakes

Brown sugar and nutmeg cupcakes

4 Aug

Brown sugar & nutmeg cupcakes

I am 100 per cent team cinnamon and add it freely and generously to many of my baked goods.

Every now and then I feel a pang of guilt at the neglect I show towards nutmeg. In some ways nutmeg is more fun than cinnamon – I adore grating the fresh nutmeg directly into my baked goods, and the smell brings back happy childhood memories of custard tarts dusted with this fragrant seed. Continue reading

Black velvet cupcakes

12 Jun

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Red velvet anything is my favourite. I don’t have an overly sweet tooth but when I am in a bakery/cafe/ on Pinterest and see the magical words ‘red velvet’ I am hooked.

I thought I would mix up my red passion for black with this recipe for black velvet cupcakes. Fun fact for those who don’t know – black velvet is a cocktail made from Guinness and champagne. Interesting, huh? I’m absolutely #TeamChampagne (see my pink champagne recipe here https://thehungrymum.com/2015/06/04/pink-champagne-cake-from-scratch/) and The Hungry Dad is partial to a Guinness come the colder months but the two combined doesn’t float my boat. Having never tried it, however, maybe I shouldn’t be so harsh in my judgment.

In any case, when I saw a black velvet baking recipe on the BBC Good Food site I knew it would be a perfect recipe to make for Sydney’s cold weather. I transformed their recipe from puddings into big cupcakes.  Continue reading

Lavender and honey cupcakes

26 May

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Have you ever met a beekeeper? I have met several over the years in my day job as a journalist and I am here to tell you that people who dedicate their lives tending to bees, hives, and all the paraphernalia that comes with it, are amazing.

I recently interviewed a beekeeper who I have met several times now. She is passionate and knowledgeable about all aspects of beekeeping and at the end of the interview she gave me a jar of honey from her hives.

This honey is nothing like the stuff you buy at the shops. It is thick and unctuous and just begging to be via a spoon dipped in the jar. Mmmm, honey. As the hive is located a few suburbs away it is possible that the bees may have even visited my garden to alight on my lavender bush.

I was inspired by a recipe in Good Housekeeping’s The Baking Book for these cupcakes. I didn’t even notice how few ingredients it had until I was standing with the mixer going, and then I was happily amazed.

GATHER:

125 butter, softened and roughly diced

125g runny honey

2 eggs

125 grams self-raising flour, sifted

buds of two lavender blossoms, finely crumbled, plus extra for garnish – ensure they are chemical-free, ideally from a loved one’s garden. These are from The Hungry Nonna’s garden – thanks mum 😉

Whipping or thickened cream, for garnish.

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LET’S GET TO IT:

Preheat oven to 170C and line 6 Texas-sized cupcake holes with wrappers.

In bowl of electric mixer beat honey and butter until combined.

Add eggs, one at a time, then beat. Mixture will look curdled, is fine.

Using a silver spoon stir in flour and mix until just combined. Scrape into wrappers and bake for 15-20 minutes / until a skwere comes out clean.

Remove to wire rack to cool completely.

Meanwhile beat some thickened cream until soft peaks, then dollop on top of cakes. Garnish with extra lavender buds.

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Donna Hay caramel maple cupcake recipe

28 Oct

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Caramel is a favourite flavour in the Hungry House. I’ve always been a fan and Misses 6 & 8 adore it, too. I made these cupcakes and instantly knew I was on to a winner when Miss8 told me there was no way she would be trading this cake for one of her friend’s lunchbox treats. Trust me – my gal trades home-made cakes and cookies most days in exchange for mass-produced, supermarket-bought, multi-national owned treats #theHorror Continue reading

Chocolate cinnamon cupcakes with salted caramel

18 Nov

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My fondness for cinnamon is probably obvious to devotees of this site. I believe it is the ingredient that is the most bewitching in many baked goods. Using a vanilla cupcake recipe from my beloved Australian Women’s Weekly ‘Quick Mix Cakes’ book I played around until I had the perfect marriage of choc, cinnamon, and vanilla – the holy trinity. Feel free to add even more cinnamon for a richer taste.

I blogged the salted caramel sauce a while back. Find the recipe here: https://thehungrymum.com/2012/04/10/nigella-lawsons-fast-and-easy-salted-caramel-sauce/

Gather:

125g butter, chopped, at room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 ¼ cup self-raising flour

¼ cup sifted cocoa

1 heaped tablespoon cinnamon

2 eggs

½ cup milk

¾ cup caster sugar [I normally take a few heaped spoonfuls out]

Let’s get to it:

Preheat oven to 180C and line cupcake pan with wrappers.

Beat all ingredients in bowl of electric mixer with paddle attachment on low until combined.

Increase speed and beat until batter changes colour and is smooth.

Drop into cases until three quarters full, then bake 15-20 mins [depending on your oven – check at 15 minutes with a skewer].

Turn on wire rack to cool.

When completely cold spread with salted caramel sauce. Image

Lemony cupcakes with crushed raspberry icing

10 Feb

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I had a hankering to bake something lemony this morning and trawled though pinterest, fav websites and some blogs. What caught my eye was a recipe for lemony cupcakes in the book After Toast by food writer Kate Gibbs.

Simple and light they are perfect for a morning tea when dusted with sifted icing sugar. Ms Gibbs includes a recipe for lemon icing but I instead used a crushed raspberry icing that Miss 7 had made for something she was baking [I’ll upload that recipe soon]. I then topped each cake with a single raspberry to make them look extra pretty and more suitable for the evening birthday soiree that I’ll be taking them to.

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GATHER:

125g diced butter at room temperature

¼ cup caster sugar

zest for one large lemon

2 free range eggs

2 cups self-raising flour

vanilla

 

LET’S GET TO IT:

Preheat oven to 180C and line cupcake tin with wrappers [this made 12 large muffins and 6 small, patty-cake size ones].

In bowl of electric mixer cream butter then add sugar until soft and combined. Add vanilla, zest then eggs one at a time.

Gently fold flour in, alternating with milk,on low speed until smooth.

Spoon into cases and bake for between 12-15 minutes/ until golden.

Remove from oven, place on wore rack and allow to cool before adding any icing.

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Delicious caramel surprise vanilla cupcakes via the Eat Sweet blog

3 Jul

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Blog hopping is my favourite waste of time lately and I especially love seeing what all those creative baking-types are up. I recently stumbled across the oh-so-pretty eat sweet blog and swooned when I saw her jersey caramel chocolate cupcakes. I knew I had to make them so it was off to the shops for a bag of these delicious, so very sweet lollies. I made my cakes vanilla, rather than the original chocolate, although I reckon choc and caramel is always a winning combination.

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Just a quickie: warm vanilla cupcakes with chocolate & melted marshmallows

10 Jun

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Oh my, this is good. It isn’t often you can quote Homer Simpson in baking but his line in relation to his Flaming Homer cocktail, ‘fire made it good’, can definitely be applied here.

First step: vanilla cupcakes. I’ve been making these babies, courtesy of Australia Women’s Weekly’s ‘Quick Mix Cakes’ book, for yonks. They are one bowl, delicious, fail-proof and never last long! They are hardy enough to withstand being made by little helpers, too. I’ve tweaked the recipe.

As usual I dress my cupcakes with Donna Hay’s dark chocolate glaze which I have blogged about previously.

But here’s the trick: make the cupcakes, allow to cool completely before dressing with the choc glaze. Stud with mini marshmallows. Then, place under the grill [broiler] for a few seconds. Keep an eye on them cause the marshmallow will melt quickly. Eat. And eat and eat. Oh, baby…

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CUPCAKES:

GATHER:

125g diced butter at room temperature

good splash vanilla

½ cup caster sugar

2 eggs

1  ½ cups self raising flour

½ cup milk

LET’S GET TO IT:

Preheat oven to 170C and line 2x 12 hole patty pans with liners.

Place everything in the bowl of electric mixer and blend until all combined and smooth.

Place in party pans and bake until golden 17-ish minutes.

Cool on wire racks.

Meanwhile, make the glaze:

Melt 150g best quality dark chocolate with ½ cup pouring cream in a small pan over low heat, stirring until melted and smooth. Stand for 20 minutes to thicken.

Spread thickly on cold cakes and immediately add mini marshmallows.

Place under a preheated grill until the marshmallows melt and bubble.

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Chocolate ginger cupcakes with rich chocolate glaze

16 Apr

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This recipe is from a book called [take a deep breath] Green & Black’s Organic Ultimate Chocolate Recipes The New Collection. The recipe is ‘the Hummingbird Bakery’s ginger chocolate cupcakes’ and I made these for my mum at Easter, who adores choc ginger. 

GATHER:

100g plain flour

1/2 tablespoon baking powder

140g caster sugar

20g cocoa powder, sifted

40g butter at room temperature

100mL full at milk

1 egg

1 heaped teaspoon powdered ginger 

LET’S GET TO IT:

Preheat oven to 170C and line cupcake pan with wrappers. I used a muffin pan and made larger sized cakes.

In an electric mixer combine butter, sugar, flour, baking powder, ginger and cocoa until all mixed together.

Combine milk and egg in a jug, whisk and add to the mixture in two lots. Mix until everything is combined.

Fill wrappers two thirds full and bake for 15-ish mins [for small sized cupcakes] to 20-ish [muffin size].

Remove to wire rack to cool completely.

The book had a choc/ginger icing combination but I used my go to, fool-proof Donna Hay chocolate glaze recipe: mix 1/2 cup of cream with 150g dark chocolate in a small pan. Stir over low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat; allow to stand 10 mins until thickened. Pour over a well chiled ckae and tap to remove air bubbles. I usually have a container of this in the fridge and use it for ice cream topping [a few seconds in the microwave makes it gooey and warm], icing for cakes and slices, and eaten by the spoonful…  it is good just to have on hand…

I decorated mine with little edible silver balls because they are pretty. Ginger crystals would have been the logical decoration.