Chloe Bakes: Lemon Cupcakes

A few weeks ago my friend asked if I would bake some cupcakes for her mum’s birthday. She requested lemon cupcakes with a lemon icing drizzle on the top instead of buttercream. 

The recipe for these came from the new cookbook from GBBO winner Frances Quinn, the same as where Sophie got her recipe the other week. Sophie very excitedly introduced me to the book, which I of course bought immediately (and recommend!). It used a basic recipe and shows you several different ways to add to it to make it more exciting, the illustration is beautiful as well. 

The feedback from the cupcakes was all very positive, they had a really nice strong lemon flavour to them. These were based on Frances’ fried egg cupcakes, simple but delicious. 

Chloe xx

  

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Sophie Bakes: Fruity Cupcakes

A couple of weeks ago was the Great British Bake Off final. It also happened to fall upon the day that Chloe and I – and our department – were due to deliver cake for Cake Wednesday. As you might be able to imagine if you know me I was mega excited for the final; although sad that GBBO was coming to the end for another year. I decided that a good way to celebrate the final was to go all out on my contribution to Cake Wednesday. 

To celebrate GBBO I used a recipe from a book written by a past winner (Frances Quinn) and made her confetti cupcakes. This entailed drying fruit (I was gifted with rhubarb from my parents garden so dried some of that, as well as lemon zest) and mixing it with flaked almonds and crystallised ginger. Additionally I cut pineapple into thin rounds and dried it in a mini muffin tray to create edible “flowers”. The cupcakes themselves had ground almonds in them, lemon curd and a raspberry hidden underneath sweetened marscapone cream. I was really really pleased with how they looked (having tasted one I do think they should have been taken out of the oven a just a couple of minutes earlier to be spot on but hey ho). 

Now, normally we keep our cakes by our desk until we bring them down at break time to be consumed. However this time we pooled them all together in a room not manned by us. Unfortunately this meant that some of our department’s cakes were taken and shared out before the judge could try them – and mine was one of them. I might have instigated a mini witch hunt with Chloe to find out who had taken our cakes down early. It turned out that the people who took the cake down only did it so that some of the other staff who take a different break to most of us could share the joy of cake Wednesday. Annoyingly it did mean that there was no winner of cake Wednesday that week. 

Rant over, look what I made! 

   

Soph xx

Cocktail Cupcakes

Firstly, an apology: work has been really busy and life got a little stressful so this blog fell by the wayside a little – but we’re back! 

A while back a work friend celebrated turning 40 and asked us to bake four different flavours of cocktails (ten of each) for her 50s themed party. Not only do we love baking and adore any excuse to do so, we both enjoy the opportunity to dress up – especially if it meant attempting victory rolls! 

The four flavours chosen were mojito, piña colada, strawberry daiquiri, and gin and tonic (good flavours if I can say so myself!).

The cupcakes went down well, with some guests having more than one and honestly – I don’t know which flavour I like the most! 
Soph x 

  

Sophie Bakes: Moscow Mule Cupcakes

My husbands work have a work birthday party in the summer every year and this year I was asked to make some cupcakes for it. I ended up making Guinness, earl grey tea and Moscow mule cupcakes but as I’ve already written about the Guinness and earl grey I’ll focus on the Moscow mule cupcakes.

Firstly, I should admit that I love a cocktail, so the idea of marrying cupcake and cocktail excites me. These cupcakes had both stem and ground ginger in the cake, with a vodka syrup poured over (in the same idea as a lemon drizzle cake) and then had a vodka and lemon buttercream icing, with a piece of crystallised ginger on the side. Having never tried them before I was rather impressed by them – I’m very much looking forward to creating more cocktail inspired cupcakes!

Soph xx

  

  (The blue/teal ones are Guinness, the orange are earl grey and the White/cream ones are the Moscow mules.)

Chloe Bakes: Baby Shower Chocolate Cupcakes

My twinnie cousin (Fee) had her baby shower a few weeks ago, it was organised by her twin (Lel) of course and a cake request came in. Chocolate cake is always a favourite for Fee so that was definitely going to be the flavour. 

We went for afternoon tea for her baby shower, which was lush! But of course was going to already involve cake and as there was a small group of us we decided to go for cupcakes instead of a big cake. 

I wanted to make the cupcakes look different and pretty, they also had to be in mixed colours as we didn’t know the sex of the baby yet. So I went for pastel colours, really enjoyed mixing these up and was very pleased with the colours that came out!

We were rather full with cake post afternoon tea, but these were a great take home treat for later! Pleased to say that Fee has now had her baby and there is a beautiful new baby girl to add to the family. Welcome to the world Robyn May! 

Chloe xx 

  

Sophie Bakes: Gin and Tonic Cupcakes (Take Two)

I’m still searching for the perfect G&T cupcake recipe that has a good level of zing without a slightly odd aftertaste (I think it’s due to the mix of butter and gin, it doesn’t taste as clean and crisp as I want it to!). I used a different recipe to the one I have blogged previously (when I made the mini cupcakes), however it’s still not there. I’m thinking that I’m probably going to have to put the thinking cap on and redesign it from the ground up, if I succeed you guys will be the first to know – perhaps even with a take on a gin and marshmallow frosting rather than gin buttercream… I’m also going to try a more citrusy/smokey gin next time as I think it might give it more oomph than the Hendricks. 

Anyway, these were another offering for cake Wednesday at work and went down very well (I cheekily hid one when I laid them out – turned out to be sensible as they went pretty quick)!

It’s the standard rose icing, keeping it simple. 

Soph xx

  

Chloe Bakes: Cocktail Cupcakes

I had the girls over a few weeks ago for a catch up and also for Ella’s birthday celebrations. She demanded a cake (fair enough) I was going to make one anyway! 

So girls coming over for cocktails, what better cake to make than one that sticks with the theme. I opted for Strawberry Daiquiri and Mojito cupcakes. The strawberry ones had rum and sugar soaked strawberries at the bottom which kept the cake lovely and moist. The Mojito ones were topped with lime zest and golden caster sugar for a bit of crunch. 

Both flavours went down nicely, with Ella taking extras home! 

Take a look 😊

Chloe x 

 

Chloe Bakes: Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

My brother invited me to visit recently and every time I’ve been so far I’ve had some form of baked item to bring with me. The occasion this time was his housemates birthday party, so of course cake was needed! I decided to try out a new recipe and go for hot chocolate cupcakes, I used options Belgian chocolate hot chocolate and they went down very well. 

The sponge was nice and light with a lovely hint of chocolate and that something different from the hot chocolate. Definitely a winner in my books! 

Chloe x 

 

Sophie Bakes: Gin and Tonic Cupcakes

I love gin. I love cake. When the excuse to bake presented itself in the guise of some friends coming over I sourced a gin and tonic cupcake recipe. Annoyingly, I’ve definitely made similar cupcakes from another recipe, but alas I couldn’t find it.

They tasted pretty good, though didn’t have the kick that I was expecting from the other recipe. I feel that these potentially are subtle enough to sway even the most reluctant gin consumer.

Soph x

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Sophie Bakes: Earl Grey and Orange Blossom Cupcakes

First of all, I should probably confess. As well as being an avid baker I am an absolute tea fiend. When food shopping, second only to the baking aisle for me is the aisle of tea. I love tea – maybe borderline obsessed – and I’m not very picky about it. Standard tea, fruit tea, earl grey… I love it all (apart from chia, I’ve finally found one that I don’t like). It is because of my love of tea that my tea shelf is always very well stocked, which comes in handy for baking occasions like these!

For our department’s cake Wednesday I made an adaptation of earl grey cupcakes as I have the Twinings blend which adds a hint of orange blossom. They went down pretty well, in fact I was crowned star baker!

I could wax lyrical about how much I personally prefer earl grey over vanilla as cupcake flavourings go, but I’ll pipe down and leave you with an image of the cakes instead.

Soph x

Earl Grey and Orange Blossom