Monday, 25 July 2011

Jammie Dodger Cupcakes

I felt like experimenting a bit this weekend with my cupcake baking and after excitedly noticing that mini jammie dodgers were on offer at the local supermarket I decided that Jammie Dodger Cupcakes were on the menu this weekend!

I used my favourite, fail safe vanilla cupcake recipe from the Love Bakery book (honestly, it works fantastically well every time!) and then hollowed out the centre of each cake with an apple corer. I then filled the centre with smooth raspberry jam. The cupcakes were topped with vanilla butter cream that was swirled with raspberry jam, a sprinkling of shortbread and a mini jammie dodger.

I sent Karl off to work with the majority of the cakes - I am desperately trying to lose a bit of weight since my all in' holiday to Crete so don't need the temptation (apparently they got a big thumbs up though!).

I did keep one for myself which I tucked into as my reward for visiting the dentist this afternoon. I feel like I achieved something this afternoon (not just visiting the dentist..yuck!) but I actually drove on my own to get there! This is a huge thing for me (I'm terribly nervous!) and apart from a kamikaze child riding her bike out infront of me and a mum with a car full of kids nearly going into the back of the car it all went rather smoothly.

Hope you guys all had a fab weekend!

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Oreo Cupcakes...again!

This weekend has been an odd sort of weekend. Its one year since my gran died. I still miss her terribly and wanted to do something in memory of her. Going to the grave seemed awfully depressing so on friday I bought a huge box of her fave chocs and we drove up to Fairhaven Lake in Lytham (one of her fave places)and sat in the car (we wanted to go for a walk but it was raining!) and ate a huuuge amount of chocolate. It was a great way to remember her...just wished I could have shared the chocs with her.

Saturday, Karl disappeared off out to a stag do so I had the place to myself...I made sure I had stocked up on girly movies and plenty of food and snacks. I had a fab evening to myself eating yummy food.

Anyway..back to baking! I love all things oreo as you may or may not know and it appears so do the lads at karls work! As a sort of wedding present to the aforementioned stag I agreed I would make a batch of orea cupcakes...

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Get together at ours

I have totally neglected this blog over the last few months *pulls sad face* but there has been a good reason! Over the last few months I have been trying my hardest to pass my driving test and finally at the end of May I finally did it! I had to put the baking on hold unfortunately whilst my life revolved purely around driving lessons! I passed on my 2nd attempt and I am SO glad its all over really is the most nerve wracking thing to have to go through.

Anyway...hopefully I will get back into baking in a big way in the coming weeks/months. I feel like with my driving and then going on holiday I really haven't had much chance to even think about baking.

The only small amount of baking that I have done recently was a good few weeks ago when Karl and I decided we would have a small get together at our flat. I couldn't resist cooking up a batch of cupcakes! I made vanilla cupcakes with vanilla butter cream and decorated with my own sugar paste creations...check out the piccies below.

PS I finally treated myself to a new cam after the other one failed to focus on anything. These were the first pics I took with it..excuse the crappyness of photography skills have much improved since these pics were taken!