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Vegan Vanilla & Raspberry Jam Cupcakes

Fluffy vanilla cupcakes with a raspberry jam centre covered in vanilla bean frosting. You will find these Vegan Vanilla & Raspberry Jam Cupcakes tasty regardless whether you are dairy free or not!

Every year someone at work organises a bake sale for Autism Awareness and it is something I always like to participate in. If you want to, you can enter the competition to win a prize for the office’s best cake. However I tend to make a load of cupcakes instead in an attempt to help raise as much money as possible. 

This year amongst other things, I wanted to make some vegan cupcakes as I know a few people in the office are vegan. I don’t like the idea of people not being able to have cake because of their diets. Mind you having said that it was only on the day that I realised I should have made them gluten free too! 

For this recipe, I adapted Veggie Dessert’s Best Vegan Cake recipe which I have tweaked before for my Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes and Vegan Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake recipes.  

These cupcakes have a double vanilla hit – vanilla extract in the sponge and vanilla bean paste in the frosting. You could use the same type of vanilla in both the cake and the frosting if you would prefer. I just like the look of the flecks of the vanilla in the icing because people can clearly see there is real vanilla in it. 

Although vanilla cupcakes are very tasty, I wanted to make these a little bit more exciting.. Raspberry goes really nicely with vanilla in my opinion so I thought adding the raspberry jam in the middle would work really well. If you do not have an apple corer to cut out the hole in the middle, use a small sharp knife. 

I don’t know about you, but because people know I like to bake I am often given cupcake cases. Now i don’t want to sound ungrateful at all because it is a really nice thought, but people tend to buy the smaller cupcake cases rather than the large cupcake cases I prefer. For this recipe, I used some of the pretty smaller cupcake cases because I was going for a pink theme. As the cases were slightly smaller than usual, they cakes cooked in roughly 12-14 minutes. But if you are using the larger cupcake cases, use the timings below. 

These Vegan Vanilla & Raspberry Jam Cupcakes went down really well and helped raised money for a great cause. I also doubt people could even tell they were vegan! 

 Makes 10 cupcakes 

For the cupcakes 
170ml soy milk
75g non dairy spread
2 tbsp golden syrup
160g plain flour
1 ¼ tsp baking powder
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
90g caster sugar
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract 

For the frosting
75g non dairy spread
250g icing sugar
1 tbsp soy milk
¼ tsp vanilla bean paste
3-4 tbsp raspberry jam
Sprinkles to decorate 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC / 160ºC fan assisted. Line a cupcake tin with 10 cases 
  2. In a pan over a medium heat, gently melt the margarine and golden syrup. Once melted take off the heat and allow to cool slightly

  1. Sift the flour, sugar and bicarbonate of soda together in a bowl before adding the milk and melted margarine. Stir well until the batter is smooth, don’t worry it is quite a wet batter 

  1. Divide the mixture between the cupcake cases roughly 2/3 full and bake in the oven for 14-18 minutes minutes or until a cocktail stick comes out clean 

  1. Allow to cool for a few minutes in the tin before turning out onto a wire rack and leaving to cool completely 

  1. Once the cupcakes have completely cooled, make the frosting
  2. Add the margarine and icing sugar to the mixer and beat until combined
  3. Add the soy milk and vanilla and beat until smooth and fluffy
  4. Using an apple corer, remove the centre of each cupcake making sure you only remove a centimetre or so

  1. Spoon a small amount of raspberry jam into each hole you have created 
  2. Pipe the frosting on top and sprinkle with any decorations  
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Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes

These Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes could quite possibly be the best chocolate cupcakes I have ever made. They are so light and fluffy with the most delicious chocolate and hazelnut flavours that you will find yourself craving another! 

The idea for these Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes came when my friend Katie showed me she’d bought some hazelnut milk. When I see hazelnuts I instantly think of Nutella, but the dairy free milk brought me back to a vegan train of thought. I decided to adapt my Gluten Free & Vegan Chocolate Orange Cupcakes to make them taste as close to Nutella as I could but still keeping them vegan.

As I have mentioned before, I used to naively think that all cakes needed eggs to actually taste nice. Oh how wrong I was. These cupcakes are as light and fluffy as any I have eaten using eggs and I would definitely make these even if there is no need for vegan cake. 

To help enhance the hazelnut flavour in the cupcakes and the frosting, I have used a sweet chocolate and hazelnut natural flavouring. The brand I use is by Foodie Flavours and it lasts a long time because you don’t use much of it at a time. I have provided approximate quantities below in the recipe but it is quite hard to judge as the drops can come out quite quickly! I would always recommend to add fewer drops, then taste it and you can always add more. The great thing about this recipe is you can taste the cake batter without worrying about raw eggs because there aren’t any eggs!

I used standard plain flour in these which helps make the most deliciously moist cupcake. You absolutely can make these gluten free by using gluten free flour and ¼ teaspoon of xanthan gum. The xanthan gum helps act as a binding agent to stop the cupcakes crumbling. The only thing worth mentioning is that if you do make these gluten free, then they really do need to be eaten the day you bake them or the next day. 

I took these cupcake into work because I think Katie may have never spoken to me again if I didn’t let her try one…or two. These cupcakes went down amazingly. The praise I got for these was so lovely. Many people were saying it was the best cupcake I have ever made. I think this is because even though they are vegan, they are so chocolatey and fudgy that they taste so decadent and utterly delicious. 

The roasted hazelnuts really add to the flavour so I would definitely recommend adding these. They’re simple to do and roasting them does enhance their flavour and make them extra tasty. They also add a lovely crunch to the cupcakes. 

Whether you’re vegan or not, you really should try these Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes. 

Makes 10 cupcakes 

For the cupcakes
170ml hazelnut milk
75g non dairy margarine
1½ tbsp golden syrup
½ tsp coffee granules
140g plain flour
1 ¼ tsp baking powder
90g caster sugar 
2 tbsp cocoa powder
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
Approximately 10 drops of hazelnut & chocolate flavouring

For the frosting
75g non dairy margarine
200g icing sugar
4 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp hazelnut milk 
Approximately 15 drops of hazelnut & chocolate flavouring
2 tbsp roasted hazelnuts to decorate 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC / 160ºC fan assisted. Line a cupcake tin with 10 cases 
  2. In a pan over a medium heat, gently melt the margarine, coffee and golden syrup. Once melted take off the heat and allow to cool slightly
  3. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, sugar and bicarbonate of soda together in a bowl before adding the milk and margarine mix. Stir well until the batter is smooth 

  1. Divide the mixture between the cupcake cases and bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes minutes or until a cocktail stick comes out clean 

  1. Allow to cool for a few minutes in the tin before turning out onto a wire rack and leaving to cool completely 
  2. Scatter the hazelnuts onto a baking sheet and add to the oven to allow to roast for approximately 10 minutes. Allow to cool before crushing 
  3. Once the cupcakes have completely cooled, make the frosting
  4. Add the margarine and icing sugar to the mixer and beat until combined
  5. Add the hazelnut milk and hazelnut and chocolate flavouring and beat until smooth and fluffy. Test and add more flavouring if you want a stronger flavour

  1. Spoon the frosting into a piping bag with a nozzle and pipe onto each cupcake
  2. Sprinkle with the crushed hazelnuts 

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Hidden Heart Valentine’s Cupcakes

Delicious vanilla cupcakes with creamy frosting and a surprise hidden inside. Who needs roses for Valentine’s Day when you can make someone tasty Hidden Heart Valentine’s Cupcakes to share the love?!                

If you have been following my blog for a few years, you may recognise these cupcakes. I originally made them back in 2015 but not only did the recipe need new photos, it needed a complete re-write. So voilà!

Valentine’s Day is not something Mr Curly and I have ever really celebrated. We definitely don’t go out to a restaurant, but I am quite lucky and do often receive flowers. Whether you like to go all out or take a far more casual approach to Valentine’s Day, these Hidden Heart Valentine’s Cupcakes are a great way to show your special person some love. 

I saw the idea for these cupcakes in Pinterest years ago so they aren’t a new idea. However I wanted to adapt them to use my favourite cupcake recipe to make them super tasty. This is because a lot of the recipes I did find used ‘cake flour’ or box cake mixes. Firstly I’m still confused what cake flour is – even after googling it; and also I will never use a cake mix to make cupcakes!

These cupcakes look so simple and elegant on the outside and then when you bite into them you find a brilliant bright red heart. These Hidden Heart Valentine’s Cupcakes do take a little longer than a standard cupcake but they are very straightforward to make.  The finished look is really worth the extra little effort! 

When making the red sponge for the hearts, I recommend using gel food colouring. Wilton and Sugarflair are good brands to use as they provide really vibrant colours. You can use supermarket bought food colour but you will need to use a lot. I’ve made these cupcakes using the supermarket colouring before and I had to use two tubes!  

I wanted to keep the decoration quite elegant and simple so I decided to use a large star tipped nozzle (Wilton 1M) to create a rose effect. You can do this by starting in the centre of the cupcake and piping in a circular motion until I reached the edge of the cupcake. As you reach the edge if you release pressure from your piping bag and then quickly move the bag away you should get a nice clean finish. if you wanted to, you could roll out some red fondant and cut a small heart out to add to the end of your piped rose. Alternatively if you aren’t confident piping a rose pattern, pipe in whichever pattern you like. 

 You can also use flavoured frosting if you would like. I’ve made these with cherry and raspberry flavoured frosting which went really well with the vanilla in the cupcakes. You could also use vanilla bean paste in the cupcake mix if you wanted. I chose to use vanilla extract because I didn’t want to see the black specks of vanilla bean on this occasion. 

These would obviously be a lovely gift for Valentine’s Day but I think anyone would be chuffed to receive these at any time of year. You could change up the colour of the heart too if you wanted to make them less Valentine’s orientated! 

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Hidden Heart Valentine’s Cupcakes

Delicious vanilla cupcakes with creamy frosting and a surprise hidden inside. Who needs roses for Valentine’s Day when you can make someone tasty Hidden Heart Valentine’s Cupcakes to share the love?!   

Course Cupcakes
Cuisine British, International
Keyword Cupcakes, Valentine's, Hidden Heart
Servings 18
Calories 451 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

For the red heart sheet cake

  • 75 g unsalted butter softened
  • 75 g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 75 g self raising flour
  • Red food colouring (appox ½ tsp)

For the cupcakes

  • 250 g unsalted butter softened
  • 250 g caster sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 250 g self-raising flour

For the buttercream

  • 200 g unsalted butter softened
  • 400 g icing sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp semi skimmed milk

Instructions

  1. Start by making the red cake mix for the hearts. Preheat oven to 170ºC (fan assisted, 190ºC non fan) and line a 20x20cm square tin with baking parchment

  2. Beat the margarine and sugar together until pale and fluffy
  3. Add the egg and vanilla extract and slowly mix again and then add the flour and mix until combined
  4. Add enough food colouring to make the batter a bright red colour
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and smooth flat. Bake in the oven for approximately 14 minutes until a cocktail stick comes out clean
  6. Allow the cake to cool slightly
  7. While you are waiting for the red cake to cool, make the vanilla cupcake batter in the same way as you made the red cake batter (obviously leaving out the red food colouring!)
  8. Once the red cake has cooled, cut out hearts using a small heart shaped cutter
  9. Line a cupcake tin with cases and fill each case with approximately 1 tbsp of the plain cake batter. Smooth the cake batter to over the bottom of each cupcake case
  10. Place a heart standing up up in each of the cupcake cases
  11. Add more of the plain cake batter to each cupcake case so that it is roughly ¾ full - don't panic if this doesn't completely cover the red heart
  12. Bake in the oven for 14 minutes or until a cocktail stick comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool in the tin for a few minutes before allowing to cool completely on a wire rack
  13. Once the cupcakes have completely cooled, make the frosting by beating together the butter and icing sugar until smooth
  14. Add milk enough milk to create a smooth pipe-able consistency. It is always better to add a little bit of milk as you go instead of too much at once
  15. Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes. For a rose pattern use a large star shaped tip and pipe from the centre and move outwards in a circular motion. 

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is given as a guide only.

Nutrition Facts
Hidden Heart Valentine’s Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 451 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 38%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 108mg 36%
Sodium 22mg 1%
Potassium 44mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 53g 18%
Sugars 40g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 15.9%
Calcium 2%
Iron 2.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Gluten Free & Vegan Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

Light and fluffy cupcakes with amazingly smooth and decadent chocolate orange frosting. All of this plus they’re Gluten Free AND Vegan!

Following the success of my Vegan Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake, I decided to expand my vegan baking repertoire. I went back to the recipe by Kate from Veggie Desserts for my inspiration and from there decided to attempt to make Gluten Free and Vegan Chocolate Orange Cupcakes. 

I say attempt because that really was what it was. I had attempted to make gluten free cupcakes before and they hadn’t turned out exactly as I wanted. The texture was too crumbly and the taste was different to the original recipe. So when I decided to adapt this recipe to be gluten free, I wasn’t holding out too much hope. 

Experimenting in the kitchen isn’t always going to be a success. I think having a failure every so often makes each success even more exciting! So when these cupcakes turned out perfectly the after the first attempt, I was so chuffed. 

Where I had gone wrong with my previous gluten free cupcakes attempt was that I had simply swapped the normal flour for gluten free flour. It was my coeliac friend, Zoe who recommended adding some xanthan gum which acts as a binding agent which the gluten free flour lacks. It worked perfectly and the result was a gluten free and vegan cupcake that had the texture of any other cupcake I have eaten – success!

My favourite part of these cupcakes is the frosting. I am not usually a fan of buttercream because to me I can taste the butter. Chocolate buttercream is usually my preferred buttercream but I have never tasted buttercream as good as this! It is so smooth and creamy which I think has to be down to the dairy free margarine. It also had such an appealing glossy shine to it which I loved. 

Before I rave on about how great I think these cupcakes are, there is one downside. As with other gluten free cake, these are really best eaten on the day they have been baked. You can eat them the day after too, but you will notice even only one day later they will have lost some of their fluffiness. A trick Zoe has learnt over the years is to keep some cupcakes unfrosted and when you’re ready to eat them give them a few seconds in the microwave to freshen them up before allowing to cool and frosting. You could also freeze the cupcakes before they are frosted as a way to prolong them a little longer if you don’t think you’ll manage eating all ten in two days. 

Makes 10 cupcakes

For the cupcakes
140ml soy milk
75g non dairy margarine
1½ tbsp golden syrup
½ tsp coffee granules
140g plain flour
1 ¼ tsp baking powder
90g caster sugar 
2 tbsp cocoa powder
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tbsp orange juice
Zest of 1 orange
¼ tsp xanthan gum

For the frosting
75g non dairy margarine
200g icing sugar
4 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp soy milk 
1 tbsp orange juice 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC / 160ºC fan assisted. Line a cupcake tin with 10 cases 
  2. Zest the orange before juicing it . Whisk the orange juice and soy milk together and set aside 
  3. In a pan over a medium heat, gently melt the margarine, coffee and golden syrup. Once melted take off the heat and allow to cool slightly
  4. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, bicarbonate of soda and xatham gum together in a bowl before adding the milk and margarine mixtures. Stir well until the batter is smooth 

  1. Divide the mixture between the cupcake cases and bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes minutes or until a cocktail stick comes out clean when poked into a cake

  1. Allow to cool for a few minutes in the tin before turning out onto a wire rack and leaving to cool completely 
  2. Once completely cooled, make the frosting
  3. Add the margarine and icing sugar to the mixer and beat until combined
  4. Add the soy milk and orange juice and beat until smooth and fluffy

  1. Spoon the frosting into a piping bag with a nozzle and pipe onto each cupcake
  2. Decorate however you like 

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Courgette Cupcakes with Lemon Curd & Cream Cheese Frosting

Fluffy cupcakes filled with sharp lemon curd and covered in delicious cream cheese frosting. These Courgette Cupcakes with Lemon Curd & Cream Cheese Frosting are far too tasty to get put off by the fact they have courgette in them!

Courgette or zucchini, whatever you like to call them, they seem to be in abundance at the moment. My parents have an allotment which appears to have the perfect courgette growing conditions because they have grown more courgettes than we could eat this year! They also grew one particularly huge specimen which was so big I made 24 cupcakes, a two layer cake and also a chocolate loaf cake. It really was a beast! 

When I tell people the cakes have courgette in them, you can see a lot of people instantly get put off. Personally I am not a huge fan of courgettes, but in a cake they are delicious. It really isn’t any different than using carrot in cake – and we all know how good that tastes! 

These Courgette Cupcakes with Lemon Curd & Cream Cheese Frosting are so summery in taste. The lemon curd in the middle is so bright and zingy which along with the lime in the frosting makes them so incredibly delicious. I add the lime to my favourite cream cheese frosting which could be why I love these cupcakes so much. 

Usually when I am making cupcakes, I fill the liners two thirds of the way which means your cupcake isn’t too much taller than the liner. With these cupcakes, I fill them around half way because if you fill them more than that they seem to rise up and look more like muffins. Muffins aren’t a bad thing, but it makes them harder to frost as you ideally need a nice flat surface. If you do get a bit carried away and they are quite domed, you may want to level them off with a knife before you add the lemon curd. This will all be hidden later when you frost them, and it also means you get to eat the off-cuts! 

If you have a food processor with a grating attachment, I would definitely recommend using this. As well as making it far quicker and easier, it also creates very defined gratings of courgette unlike a hand held grater which can make it more mushy. If you only have a hand held grater this is still absolutely fine, but your mix may be slightly wetter. If the courgette is particularly wet once you have grated it, I would allow it to sit in some kitchen paper so it can absorb some of the excess moisture.  

When you are making the frosting, add enough lime juice to get the right consistency. You don’t want it too think so it drips off the cupcake so don’t add all of the lime juice at once; keep adding small amounts until you have it right. If you do put in too much lime juice, just add a little bit more icing sugar to help thicken it up slightly. 

Makes 18 cupcakes 

For the cupcakes:
250g courgettes
2 eggs
125ml vegetable oil
150g caster sugar
225g self-raising flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp baking powder

For the filling:
70g lemon curd (approx)

For the frosting:
200g full fat cream cheese
75g unsalted butter
500g icing sugar
Finely grated zest of 1 lime 

Juice of 1 lime
3 tbsp chopped pistachios (not the salted kind)

  1. Preheat then oven to 170ºC and line cupcake tin with liners
  2. Rinse the courgettes and then grate them using a coarse grater – if the grater is too fine, the courgette will turn to mush

  1. Put eggs, oil and sugar into a bowl and mix until creamy. Fold in sifted flour, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder and then stir in the grated courgette

  1. Split the mixture between the cupcake cases make sure you only fill them half way. Bake in the oven for 17-20 minutes or until a cocktail stick comes out clean

  1. Leave to cool for around 10 minutes and then remove from the tins and allow to cool completely on a wire rack
  2. To make the frosting, beat the butter until softened and then add the cream cheese and icing sugar and mix until completely smooth
  3. Add the lime zest and juice. If you have a particularly juicy lime, start by adding the juice of half of it and adding more if needed. Mix until combined and set aside

  1. Once the cakes are completely cooled, make a a hole in the centre of each cake make sure you don’t go all the way to the bottom. I do this using an apple corer but you could use a small knife, just mind your fingers

  1. Fill each hole with the lemon curd – about ½ teaspoon per cupcake

  1. Frost each cupcake and decorate with a sprinkling of chopped pistachios
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Nutella Cupcakes

If you’re a Nutella fan, you need to try these. They are full on Nutella goodness – especially with Nutella buttercream too!
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I made these for my boyfriend’s sister and her now husband to try as they had asked me to make the cakes for their wedding. They had asked me to make some Nutella cupcakes for them to try so I went to trusty Pinterest and found this recipe on Love Life and Sugar. She is a massive Nutella fan too so she loved the Nutella cupcakes with Nutella buttercream but they didn’t decide to go with them for the wedding because they were definitely not for the just the mild Nutella fan.

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217g all purpose flour
207g sugar
¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp baking powder
168g salted butter, room temperature
160g Nutella
3 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla extract
120ml sour cream
120ml milk

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a cupcake tin with cupcake cases
  2. Mix together the flour, sugar, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder in a large mixing bowl
  3. Add butter, Nutella, egg whites, vanilla, sour cream and milk and mix on medium speed until all ingredients are combined and the mixture is smooth
  4. Add the mix to the cupcake cases filling them approximately half way

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  1. Bake for 19-21 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with only a few crumbs

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  1. Remove cupcakes from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes or so before allowing them to cool completely on a wire rack
When cooled, frost the cupcakes. I’d recommend either vanilla buttercream or if you’re a real Nutella fanatic like myself, Nutella Buttercream.

 

Half Batch Vanilla Cupcakes

How else would I ask people to be my Bridesmaid than with cake?!

I haven’t been blogging as often in the past month due to moving house. We are now all moved in and mostly unpacked so I will hopefully have lots of yummy recipes heading your way soon!

We got the keys to our house on Friday 13th November – a good job neither of us are superstitious! As if the excitement of getting the keys to our first house wasn’t enough, Rien also asked me to marry him. Since then we have been mainly focusing on the house, but now we have sorted out everything that urgently needs doing, we can start wedding planning!

After talking to Rien, I knew who I wanted to ask to be my Bridesmaids and knew that the only way I could do this was with cake. I decided to make a cupcake for each Bridesmaid and make a little flag asking them the question. I think asking someone to be your Bridesmaid is one of the most exciting part of the wedding preparations. Obviously getting engaged is incredibly exciting and I think asking someone to be your Bridesmaid is a way of sharing that excitement as (hopefully) they will be excited too.

The easiest person to ask was my sister as she knew I would ask her. I did surprise and slightly shock her though with her flag. I had a quick google to get the correct terminology, and as it turns out she is my ‘Matron of Honour’; much to her horror. She said it made her sound really old which isn’t what she is looking for at only 26! Her exact words were ‘Could you not have just called me a Bridesmaid?!’ She’s been married for nearly 4 years now so she will definitely be able to help out and give advice as she’s been there before.

The other people I asked were my friend from primary school, Georgie and Yasmin who I met in secondary school. I always knew I would ask these two. To say they were both chuffed would be an understatement!

I didn’t want to make my usual batch of 12 cupcakes because I only needed a couple of cupcakes. I’ve used this recipe time and time again to make a smaller batch of 5 or 6 cupcakes. This recipe is really handy as you can’t just half my usual cupcake recipe as it has 3 eggs (how on earth would you half an egg?!).

I wanted to keep the cupcakes quite simple in decoration, so opted for slightly tinting the buttercream with a Wilton gel colour in Ivory. Although in the photos you might not be able to pick up the difference in colour from normal buttercream, you could in person. I used a Wilton 1M nozzle to create the rose design starting piping from the middle outwards.

For the cupcakes
75g caster sugar
75g butter or margarine
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
75g self raising flour 

For the buttercream
70g unsalted butter
140g icing sugar
1 tbsp milk 

  1. Preheat the oven to 170ºC
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy
  3. Add the vanilla bean paste and eggs and mix
  4. Add the flour and mix until it is combined. Spoon into cupcake cases filling each 2/3 full
  5. Bake in the oven for 14 minutes or until a cocktail stick comes out clean
  6. Let the cupcakes cool slightly before removing them and leaving cool completely on a wire rack before icing
  7. Beat softened butter and icing sugar together
  8. Gradually add the milk until it becomes smooth and quite thick – you may not need all of the milk
  9. Spoon the buttercream into a piping bag and pipe onto the cupcakes

 

Chocolate Creme Egg Cupcakes

Delicious chocolate cupcake with a gooey Creme Egg hidden inside – these Chocolate Creme Egg Cupcakes are the perfect cupcakes for Easter! 

Easter is such a great time to bake, you can make anything Easter themed by just adding a mini egg to it! This year I have mainly been making these cupcakes and mini egg fridge cake. Like usual I gave up chocolate for lent which has not been fun as I’ve had a couple of orders for chocolate cake with ganache and even more chocolate on top.  Making these and smelling the chocolate was hard, but I managed to make them without even licking the spoon!

I read on Taming Twins blog that it is better to lie the Creme Eggs horizontally. I assumed you would place them vertically so the egg was upright, but this makes the egg less stable so it can wobble all over the place. It is also better to use frozen Creme Eggs as this helps them keep their shape whilst in the oven. 

I fill the cupcake cases roughly one third full before putting in the creme egg and then covering the egg with the remaining cake mix. I’ve tried adding a few different amounts of cake mix before you add the Creme Egg and however much you add, the Creme Egg sinks anyway! So don’t panic if yours sinks, just make sure there is some cake mix on the bottom and you completely cover the creme egg then you’ll be good. 

You can use a full sized Creme Egg if you would like but obviously this would mean it is more Creme Egg than cupcake! If you want to make them even more chocolatey you could make chocolate frosting.

The quantity of frosting in this recipe is enough for a very generous helping on each cupcake. I used a very large piping nozzle which means you can pipe a lot of frosting onto each cupcake. I also used yellow gel food colouring to colour half of the frosting a bright yellow colour. 

To get the two tone swirled frosting, I spooned each colour of frosting into either side of the piping bag. As the colours come out of the piping bag, you won’t necessarily get an even colour distribution right from the start, but I don’t think this matters. Obviously you don’t need to colour the frosting, you can decorate the cupcakes however you would like.  

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For the cupcakes (makes 12 large cupcakes):
4tbsp water, boiled
40g cocoa powder
¼ tsp coffee granules 
175g margarine 

3 eggs
165g caster sugar
115g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder 
12 mini Creme Eggs 

For the frosting:
200g softened butter
400g icing sugar
1-2 tbsp milk
Yellow gel colouring

6 mini Creme Eggs to decorate 

  1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC (180ºC fan assisted) and line a cupcake tin with liners and set aside
  2. Sift the cocoa powder into a bowl and add the boiling water. Mix until it forms a thick paste 

  1. Add the margarine and beat until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients apart from the Creme Eggs and mix until combined

  1. Fill the cupcake case roughly 1/3 full. Smooth out using a spoon and then place a mini Creme Egg horizontally lying down in each case

  1. Top with the remaining cake mix and bake for 10-12 minutes until a cocktail stick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before decorating

  1. Beat softened butter until completely softened before adding the icing sugar and slowly mixing
  2. Gradually add the milk until it becomes smooth and quite thick – you may not need all of the milk
  3. Put half of the frosting into a separate bowl and set aside
  4. Add some yellow gel food colouring to the remaining frosting in the mixer. Start by adding a little bit as you can always add more 
  5. When you are happy with the colour, spoon both of the colours into either side of your piping bag fitted with a nozzle. Try to keep the colours separate if possible 
  6. Pipe the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes and top with half a mini Creme Egg
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Thick Cream Cheese Frosting

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Cream cheese frosting is my favourite kind of frosting. It has a lovely creamy flavour that isn’t as sweet and sickly as buttercream in my opinion. But the cream cheese frosting recipes I have used before can sometimes be lumpy when the butter isn’t mixed in fully or it just becomes too runny. This recipe does not have those issues!

I don’t hide the fact I don’t like buttercream. It’s very sweet and to me just tastes like butter. People are now used to me baking cakes and cupcakes and taking them into work for everyone to enjoy without me actually eating any myself although they found it suspicious at first. You could ask why I don’t just frost all my cupcakes with cream cheese frosting but there is a very simple answer. I would eat them. If I use buttercream I get to bake which is what I love, but I also know I won’t eat the end product which is always a good thing in my constant struggle to eat better.

As I mentioned in my Funfetti Cake post, I was making a cake for a friend who also isn’t a fan of buttercream. I knew she loved the cream cheese frosting that I used on my carrot cupcakes but I knew there was no chance that would be thick enough to cover a whole cake. It tastes delicious but sometimes it is a little too runny which is why I always frost them with a large round nozzle because I’m worried any other frosting style won’t hold it’s shape. I was talking to someone on Twitter who recommended this recipe to me featured on Kerry Cook’s blog (www.kerrycooks.com). As soon as I saw Kerry had frosted a rainbow cake using her cream cheese frosting recipe, I knew this would be the perfect recipe.

This recipe does take slightly longer than other cream cheese recipes because you have to squeeze the cream cheese through muslin, but the end result is worth it. It’s the extra stage of squeezing the excess liquid from the cream cheese that makes it so thick. I can’t see that I will be going back to my old recipe!

250g cream cheese
100g unsalted butter

400-600g icing sugar

  1. Firstly you need to drain the cream cheese to get rid of as much excess water as you can. I recommend pouring the excess liquid that settles on the top down the sink. Then scoop the cream cheese into a square of muslin and gather the cloth up and twist. Holding it over a bowl or the sink, squeeze so the liquid starts dripping out. I managed to get roughly 2 tablespoons of excess liquid out of mine. Be careful to not get carried away and squeeze too hard though or else you’ll get small pieces of cheese coming through the muslin

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  1. Put the muslin ball on some kitchen paper to let it dry further
  2. In a heatproof bowl, melt the butter in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. You want it to be incredibly soft but not completely melted. It should still be partially solid

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  1. Whisk the butter until it is completely liquid and smooth

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  1. Unwrap the cream cheese from the muslin and add it into the butter mixture. Whisk until completely combined

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  1. Using a wooden spoon, begin adding the icing sugar. Sieve roughly 150g of icing sugar into the butter mixture at a time. Keep adding icing sugar until you have a thick consistency – I used 500g until the frosting was thick enough to not fall off the spoon. At first it might look a little lumpy, but keep going and you will have the most amazing thick cream frosting

The frosting was perfect for my funfetti cake and my friend really liked it. She said it was the best cake she had ever had which is high praise indeed! Although I know lots of people love buttercream, if I had it my way I would frost all cakes with this cream cheese frosting. It really is delicious and I am glad Kerry shared such a fantastic recipe on her blog.

I’d love to hear whether you are a buttercream or cream cheese frosting fan; please leave me a comment with your favourite.

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Please check out the original thick cream cheese frosting recipe on Kerry Cook’s blog http://kerrycooks.com/foolproof-thick-cream-cheese-frosting-recipe/.

Mary Berry’s Christmas Chocolate Cupcakes

Mary Berry’s Christmas Chocolate Cupcakes are light, fluffy and topped with festive vanilla buttercream. Great for children to help decorate too! 

This is my go-to recipe for chocolate cupcakes and is so tasty I haven’t felt the need to look for an alternative. I’ve slightly adapted Mary Berry’s recipe to make these festive beauties. 

Mary Berry’s original recipe is a chocolate cupcake with chocolate buttercream that is spread on with a palate knife. I decided to swap the buttercream to vanilla because sometimes a chocolate cupcake and frosting can be a bit too much for people, and also I wanted to make the frosting look like a Christmas Tree which would be easier to colour with a vanilla frosting.

It isn’t very difficult to create these Christmas Chocolate Cupcakes. I’ve taken slightly tweaked Mary Berry’s chocolate cupcake recipe. For example I have altered the cooking temperature as I prefer a lower oven temperature when cooking cupcakes to help create a flat topped cupcake. 

On top of the simple, but very delicious cupcake, you add the Christmas Tree buttercream. This is actually really easy, especially once you have practiced your piping skills. The green colour comes from gel food colouring which I would definitely recommend you use instead of liquid food colourings. The gel colours are thick and a small amount goes a long way whereas you need to much of the liquid colours and even then the final colour isn’t very vibrant.

 
Once you have achieved your perfect Christmas Tree green, you can then pipe the buttercream. This is easier than you may think! Just go slow and remember if you really make a mess you can always carefully scrape off the buttercream and start again!

When your trees have been piped, you can then decorate then however you would like. Think of them as your own Christmas tree at home and add your own personality! Or better yet, get your children to help you and you will probably end up with brightly coloured trees with far too many sprinkles! 

  

If you want the icing to be a bit more luxurious, you could use whole milk or even cream. I use semi-skimmed or sometimes 1% fat milk as this is what I always have in the house and the icing is still really delicious. 

Apart from looking festive and cute, these cupcakes are really tasty. They are really light and fluffy with a lovely creamy buttercream. Plus they are also really simple to make! Give them a go this Christmas. 

Updated December 2018

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Mary Berry's Christmas Chocolate Cupcakes

Mary Berry’s Christmas Chocolate Cupcakes are light, fluffy and topped with festive vanilla buttercream. Great for children to help decorate too! 

Keyword Cupcakes, Chocolate, Mary Berry, Christmas Tree
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 389 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

For the cupcakes

  • 4 tbsp water boiled
  • 40 g cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 175 g margarine
  • 165 g caster sugar
  • 115 g self raising four
  • 1 tsp baking powder

For the buttercream

  • 140 g unsalted butter (softened)
  • 280 g icing sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp milk
  • green food colouring

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 160ºC (fan assisted, 180ºC non fan) and line a cupcake tin with 12 liners and set aside

  2. Sift the cocoa powder into a bowl and add the boiling water. Mix until it forms a thick paste and then add the remaining cake ingredients. Mix until combined

  3. Divide the mix between the cupcake liners. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes until a cocktail stick comes out clean

  4. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes or so before allowing to cool completely on a wire rack 

  5. When the cupcakes have cooled completely, make the buttercream. Beat the softened butter for a minute or so before adding the icing sugar 

  6. Add half of the milk and beat until the buttercream is smooth. Add small amounts of food colouring until you have managed to create a tree-like green. If the buttercream is too stiff, add a touch more milk 

  7. Spoon the buttercream into a piping bag with a star shaped tip. Starting at the edge of the cupcake, pipe round in a circle and then upwards to create the Christmas Tree look

  8. Add any decorations you like to make it look like a Christmas Tree 

Recipe Notes

When making the buttercream, add less milk to start with as if you're like me it will take a while to get the green colour you're looking for. Due to this, the buttercream will probably get mixed quite a lot making it looser. 

Nutritional information is given as a guide only

Nutrition Facts
Mary Berry's Christmas Chocolate Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 389 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 66mg 22%
Sodium 156mg 7%
Potassium 114mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 39g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 36g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 17.5%
Calcium 3.7%
Iron 3.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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