Zingy fruity cupcakes packing a taste of sunshine and perfect for adorning with your own Pineapple Flowers.
200g butter, softened
100g soft brown sugar
75g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
200g self raising flour
140g fresh chopped pineapple
80g raspberries, frozen
1 x batch of Cream Cheese frosting recipe here
12 x Pineapple Flowers to decorate – instructions here
Preheat oven to 160c (fan)/180c/Gas Mark 4.
(and a flaming strawberry!)
A Valentines treat that’s definitely got some wow factor!
There’s only one thing Mr C. loves more than cake and that’s ice cream so I’ve rustled up these Chocolate Valentines hearts especially. The cake and icecream is simple to do, the flaming strawberry bit is a bit faffy so think about having a practice ‘flaming strawberry’ run in advance.
This time of year blueberries are sweeeeeeet and juicy, if you can resist eating them straight from the punnet these muffins will go down a treat
180g self raising flour
55g soft light brown sugar
1 egg, large
25g melted butter
2 tbsps flour (self raising is fine and you’ve already got it out of the cupboard)
10g butter, softened
2 tbsps oats
1 tbsp soft light brown sugar
1 tbsp chopped mixed nuts
If you don’t like nuts or oats just leave these out.
You can always rely on Mums! Mums mind children when you’re flat out, Mums give you a hug when you’re adamant you can’t possibly do one more thing….and Mums make great Ginger Muffins coated in sticky lemon icing! They also write it up for all The Pink Whiskers too!
I developed these last year as an option for the final of The Great British Bake Off. In the end I went with Mint, Ginger and Blackberry (recipe here) so before the weather gets truly summery here’s my recipe for Smoky Chocolate and Cherry Cake.
Selection of royal cupcake cases
300g caster sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 eggs, large
200g plain flour
70g self raising flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Red gel colour paste
Perfectly Pipeable Cream Cheese Frosting
70g butter, softened
400g icing sugar, sifted
Red white and blue sprinkles
Union jack mini flags
Makes 24 cupcakes – enough for a knees up!
Little White Chocolate and Raspberry Cakes – another perfect little wedding treat – bag them up and tie with ribbon or place them in teeny tiny presentation boxes as cute little favours a little bit different!
These are baked in a silicone flower mould by Pampered Chef Silicone Flower Mould -
So here is my recipe for huge chocolate muffins with a surprise chocolate sauce filling – you know the kind you can buy in coffee shops and bakery chains up and down the country. They are twice the size of your average cupcake but take some beating!