Easy Spring Cupcakes!

Easy Spring Cupcakes!

Howdy do! Howdy do! Howdy do! haha happy spring! or shall I say summer? How nice has the weather been here in the UK?! Trevor say’s that the weather is nice in Michigan to! So how are you? I only went and made some spring cupcakes hehe, if you want you can follow the recipe below!

Ingredients

  • 110g Butter
  • 110g Caster Sugar
  • 2 Free range eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 110g Self Raising Flour
  • 2 tbsp milk (If needed for more of a good consistency – add with flour)

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Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180c/Gas Mark 4. Line up your muffin tray with 9 cupcake cases.

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 2. In a bowl mix together the butter and the sugar until a creamy texture is formed.

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3. Beat in the eggs and add the vanilla extract.

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4. Fold in the flour and stir a little at a time. This is also the time to add in cocoa powder if you want chocolate cupcakes.. in this case, obviously I put chocolate cocoa powder in. 

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5. Use a spoon to pour the mixture into the cupcake cases. At this stage you can add 2 tbsp of milk in to make more of a good consistency.

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6. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, super quick! (This is also the perfect time to do all the messy washing up) and if you’re like me.. (also time to lick the bowl, I mean who doesn’t?) 

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7. Once the cakes are golden brown and the time is up take them out to cool and test to see if they are properly cooked using a probe. (The probe should come out of the muffins clean)

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8. Set the cupcakes a side and let them cool for 5-10 minutes. Get your icing out ready as well as any decorations, in this case I picked up some easy yummy chocolate icing by Dr Oetker which I believe you can get in 3 different colours (Pink, Chocolate and vanilla) and I also picked up these super cute spring, edible sugar flowers, you can purchase them online here  http://www.craftcompany.co.uk/daisy-cupcake-decorations-from-baked-with-love.html  otherwise you can purchase them in Sainsbury’s. 

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Decorate your cupcakes however you want! This is how mine turned out 🙂

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Did Someone Say Mince Pies? ;)

Did Someone Say Mince Pies? ;)

All I want for christmas

Is Mince Pies!

(No literally I do haha)

 

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Hey Guys!

So we’re actually moving house this Thursday so it’s a little busy preparing for that and also preparing for America in January. A lot going on. So I haven’t gotten round yet to make some Mince Pies! Which for me is something I traditionally make every year at christmas! I’m sure i’ll make some when I move into the new house. But I thought i’d show you some of the ones I made last year. I’m a little unsure on parts of the recipe so I thought instead I could just explain how I remember making them, what ingredients I needed and tell you things I can remember.

So you’ll need shortcrust pasty to make mince pies, hey just a favor.. save the time and buy the ready roll stuff out, it’s great and you don’t have to spend an hour trying to let out your anger with a rolling pin. Get creative and cut some circles out for the base of the pie (cut them a little large) you want the top covering to be shorter then the base. Place the pastry into a muffin case and pop into the muffin case tins. Next!

Mince Meat! (The stuff that tastes great inside!) Doesn’t matter how much you put in really.. well with in reason, I mean put a good decent amount in, because you don’t want the sauce and everything to go over the edge and get burnt. For the top part! I always find this so fun! As you can see on mine I cut out these cute little stars in the pastry (shortcrust ready roll pastry) and placed on top of the pies How cute?! I think they look much more edible as well haha. This is the part I wasn’t sure how long I put them into the oven for, but I’m sure you can use my recipe and find out the temperature and time scale for them online. For

Decoration.. well I just sprinkled on some icing sugar for that christmas snowy look effect haha.

I hope you enjoyed this blog today, wasn’t so long and wasn’t so in depth but I think sometimes it’s better that way, just get to the point. Let me know if you enjoy eating mince pies at christmas, or what your favorite thing to eat at christmas is? maybe chestnuts? mmm yummy! 🙂

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But for now!

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Lets Get Baking For Christmas! :)

Lets Get Baking For Christmas! :)

Lets Make Christmas Muffins! 

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Hellooooo Everyone! It’s Jess!

Welcome back everyone and welcome new followers! 🙂

A very exciting blog today from a very excited person! haha. So as I sit here and write this on my dressing table I do have my christmas spice candle on by the side of me and the festivity in the background with wham playing – Last Christmas and no it’s not December just yet. But as we slowly creep towards December with only one more day to go, I thought i’d get my baking hat on and see what I could make in the kitchen!

Chocolate Chip christmas Muffins! Yep that’s what I like to call them! These are super easy to make which I found very exciting doing myself but also children would LOVE making these! These do not take a lot of time to prepare or make and they certainly do not make a lot of mess but so what it’s all about having fun at christmas! Also I hope this helps because I’ve tried to take a lot of photos to make it easier for you guys to see what to do. If you like the muffins I’ve created, please give this blog a like and if you do not already, give us a follow our fellow festive friends and if you have any extra extra extra time! Give these muffins a go! take a picture and show me how you got on! I’d certainly love to know, or comment below your favorite things to make at christmas! Who know’s maybe i’ll give them a go in the kitchen and post pictures in another blog of how I got on, i’ll also shoutout your blog! So without further ado! Please find below the Recipe for making these Chocolate Chip christmas Muffins! Let’s gooooooo!

Chocolate Chip Christmas Muffins Recipe – Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 125g Plain Flour.
  • 25g Cocoa Powder.
  • 1 tea spoon – Baking Powder.
  • 1 egg.
  • 60g sugar.
  • 2 table spoons – oil.
  • 100ml milk.
  • Muffin Tray.
  • 6 Cake cases.
  • Bowl.
  • Jug.
  • scales to measure ingredients.
  • Extra’s – Make your own or buy your own squirty icing,which you can buy from any supermarket/grocery store I used Dr. Oetker cupcake icing, very easy and quick to use and you can get this in 3 different flavors strawberry, chocolate, vanilla. (I also brought the snowmen and little christmas related cake decorations which are edible – brought from Sainsburys).

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Get yourself prepared first! Line the 6 cupcake cases up into the muffin tin.

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 160˚C.
  2. Sieve together the Flour, coca powder, baking powder in a bowl. img_5821-2    img_5824    img_5826
  3. Put the milkegg, oil and sugar into a jug and mix together for at least a minute. img_5827    img_5829
  4. Now pour this mixture into the bowl and mix together well, this is also the time when I poured the chocolate chips in, don’t worry if the mixture is a little lumpy, that’s okay. 🙂

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5. Spoon the mixture into your muffin cases and after place into the oven for 20 minutes! if after 20 minutes they still do not looked cooked, (muffins usually crack open at the top once cooked) place them back into the oven or a further 10 minutes.

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6. Whilst your waiting for you muffins to cook! Wash up and get it out the way, tidy the side so your ready to put the icing on and decorations.

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7. Leave the muffins to cool on a drying wrack for 5 minutes.

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8. Decorate them with icing and edible christmas decorations or however you want to decorate them! Go Ahead! Get Creative, there is no right or wrong.

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9. Most important part! Eat them with a cup of tea and let me know how you got on! 🙂

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Well  that’s it! That is how you make chocolate chip christmas muffins! simple ay? and you can decorate them however you want and get creative! Don’t forget, it’s all about having fun and I definitely did!

Please like, follow and comment below your favorite things to make/eat at christmas time! I think I may give them a go and make them this year. 🙂

As always! Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed it. We post blogs often.

It’s nearly christmas, 3 weeks to go!! 😀

Toodlepips until next time.

Love Jess!

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