Lemon and Orange Jelly Sliced Cupcakes

Oh it’s been so long since I’ve baked something, I hate when I get busy and forget to make time to do the things I enjoy.

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Ingredients
150g butter, softened
150g brown sugar
2 eggs
150g self-raising flour
3 tbsp milk

Topping
100g butter
2 tbsp honey
150g icing sugar
Lemon and orange jelly slices

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Method
1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 and place 12 cupcake cases in a 12 hole tray.

2. Beat together the butter and brown sugar until pale and fluffy. Next add the eggs one at a time and beat.

3. Mix in the flour and the milk, divide equally between the cases and bake in the oven for 15- 20 minutes.

4. Make the topping in the meantime: just mix everything together and set aside. Once the cupcakes are done leave to cool on a wire rack.

5. Spread the topping over each cupcake and press 3 jelly slices on top 🙂

These are perfect for kids parties and any other occasion!

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My Baking Disaster

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It was a normal day when I decided to do some baking, I weighed out all the ingredients and followed the method as I do, then when it came to finding a cake tin I realised there wasn’t one that would fit properly. Nevertheless I thought ‘I’ll just use this one surely it won’t rise that much’ anyway when I put it in the oven after about 20 minutes it had risen vastly and started pouring through the oven racks and onto the bottom of it, literally the cake batter was EVERYWHERE!!!

Anyway I still decided to let it finish baking and this is what was left :O I didn’t take any pictures of the oven as I was too busy cleaning it up.

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There were some Malteasers in the cupboard which I thought would be a good cover up, so using a basic buttercream recipe I covered the entire cake then cut all the Malteasers in half and pressed each piece onto the cake. It actually looked pretty good if I’m honest and no one knew what happened in the oven 😀

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*Morale of the story: if your doing something and it doesn’t turn out how you planned don’t stress because there’s always another way.

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Mini Chocolate Magic Stars Cupcakes

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These mini cupcakes are so delicious and are perfect for any occasion or as a treat enjoyed by everyone.

INGREDIENTS
125g butter, softened
125g castor sugar
2 eggs
150g self raising flour
2 heaped tbsp cocoa powder
4 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice

Basic Buttercream
75g butter softened
1 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
225g icing sugar

METHOD
1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4/ 180°c. Prepare the mini paper cases into the cupcake tin. Start by beating the butter and sugar together then stir in the eggs one by one.

2. Sift the flour and cocoa powder and combine with the rest of the mixture, then stir in the orange juice. Evenly distribute between the cases and bake for 15 minutes. Once done leave to cool completely.

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3. Now beat together all the ingredients for the buttercream, once the cupcakes are cooled add a dollop of buttercream to each top and spread using a palette knife. I added a few magic stars but you can decorate yours with anything 🙂

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Have fun baking…

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