Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Choc Chip Chocolate CupCakes

A few weeks ago I posted this recipe on my personal blog for a delicious and moist chocolate cake.

These cupcakes are very similar…one or two omissions and additions and you can create these delicious spongy morsels of delight cakes in time for tea.

This recipe makes 9 cupcakes - you can double up if you're baking for a larger party than...ahem...one!

3/4 C flour,
1 t baking powder,
1/8 C cocoa powder,
1/2 C sugar,
1/3 C butter, soft (I use salted butter, so omit the dash of salt)
1 egg,
1/2 C instant coffee,
1/2 t vanilla,
1/4 C chocolate chips (I use Cadburys Top Deck).

Preheat the oven to 175ºC.
Sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa and set aside.
Combine the coffee and vanilla and set aside to cool.
With the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar for 4-5 minutes.
Add the egg and mix well.
Alternate mixing in some of the dry ingredients and then some of the coffee mix until everything is well combined.
Fold in the chocolate chips.

Pour into cupcake wrappers set in a muffin tin.
Bake for 20 minutes.

For the chocolate frosting:
1/2 C butter, soft,
1 C icing sugar,
1/8 C cocoa,
1/2 t vanilla,
1/2 t coffee.
Whip the butter for 5 minutes until light.
Mix together the icing sugar and cocoa and add to the butter.
Add the vanilla and coffee and mix well.
You can add a little cream or milk to change the consistency if you like.

Pipe roses using a large star shaped piping nozzle.

I made a few fun cupcake toppers using pretty paper and these cute heart, star and cupcake buttons.

Simply cut out the shapes you want from scrap booking paper. 
Sew or glue a button into place. 
Then glue the top of a toothpick down followed by another cutout of paper to cover the back…these cupcake toppers are festive and perfect for baby showers, engagement parties, weddings, hen parties, tea for one...any occasion you can imagine. 

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Heart Bunting Cake Topper…and a Cup Cake

The paper heart bunting from my previous post has come in handy over the past few days…and as fast as I make a new string I find another use for it.

I used it as a stencil for dusting icing sugar onto this passion fruit curd roll cake I baked.

And now I've hooked it up as a nifty and pretty cake topper.

Simply take your paper heart chain and attach it to the ends of two tooth picks

I glued two mini Incomparable pastel heart buttons mid way down the tooth picks for an extra dash of cuteness.

If you'd like the recipe for the vanilla cupcakes filled with passion fruit curd…look no further:

Turn the oven to 180ºC.
You'll need:
125g butter,
1 C sugar,
2 eggs,
1 C flour,
1 t baking powder,
1/2 C milk,
1 t vanilla,

Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs and beat well.
Mix in the sifted flour and baking powder. 
Add the milk and vanilla. Beat well until creamy.
Pour into individual cupcake liners sitting in a muffin pan.
Pop into the oven for 20 minutes.
Makes 12.

Once cool, use a teaspoon to scoop out a little piece of cake and fill it with the passion fruit curd. Pop the piece of cake back on top. Dust with icing sugar, position your festive heart cake topper and share the love…

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Heart Bunting Envelopes

It seems as though every square inch of the Internet is covered in red and pink and decorated with hearts at the moment…and I love it! 

This is a 5 minute project that will transform your plain envelopes into hearty notes of love!

Cut heart shapes in the size you require out of pretty patterned paper.
Sew a chain stitch across the top of the hearts joining them together.
String them along (this is the only thing you're allowed to string along this February!) the top of an envelope and secure your mini bunting with dots of glue.

I hid the strings on the ends with pretty pastel Incomparable heart buttons.

Now onto writing those little notes of love and appreciation...

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