Cupcake heaven

We have been really inspired by a cupcake site on the internet www.carinascupcakes.co.uk and so I bought various PDF guides that they sell. These cakes were created by Jo, our accounts person, using inspirations from Carina and also some ideas of her own.

Cupcakes have a wonderful way of making people smile – often on a glum day. Offering round a plate of cakes in the office brings out smiles from all of us! My younger daughter, Emily, is a huge cake making fan and she had said that making people at university and her current job placement, pretty cakes has had excellent results!

Vanilla cupcakes recipe:
(makes 12 cupcakes)

  • 110g butter
  • 110g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 110g self raising flour
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 tbsp milk

Buttercream:

  • 140g butter
  • 280g Icing sugar
  • 1-2tbsp milk

Cream the butter and sugar – add the eggs a little at a time. Then add the flour and vanilla, add a little bit of milk. Pile into cake cases and bake for about 20 minutes in a medium oven. Allow to cool thoroughly before icing.

The variety of ways that these are decorated all use sugar paste but they have had touches of the metallic food paints and decorations that we sell. Our cake department is growing every week now so if you enjoy playing with cakes it might be worth a browse around!  

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Caramel apple cake

This week it is decidedly nippy and, therefore, cake weather! This caramel apple cake is a lovely light but rich cake, if such a thing is possible, and is perfect to have with a nice cup of tea on a cold afternoon. I know, because I did after we’d taken the photo!

To make the cake:

  • 500g Flour
  • 2tsp baking Powder
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2tsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp ground all spice
  • 1tsp ground cloves
  • 300g butter (room temp)
  • 500g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 500g apple sauce (2 small shop bought jars if you must, or homemade)
  1. Line 3 x 8 inch tins and preheat oven to 180º (160º fan oven).
  2. Mix flour, baking powder, bicarbonate and spice in one bowl and put to one side.
  3. Cream butter and sugar, then gradually add eggs, then fold in flour mixture until combined.
  4. Finally add the apple sauce until just combined.
  5. Pour mixture into your 3 tins and pop in the oven for about 40 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before decorating.

Cream cheese frosting

  • 120g cream cheese (I used Philadelphia, but a low fat option can be used)
  • 120g butter (room temperature)
  • 250g Icing sugar (more or less can be added depending on how sweet you want it)
  • 1tsp vanilla extract

Combine all in a bowl using an electric mixture until smooth.

Caramel sauce

  • 120g light brown sugar
  • 120g butter
  • 100ml full cream milk or double cream

Melt the sugar and butter in a sauce pan for about 5 minutes, being careful not to burn the sauce, then stir in milk or cream and stir until a smooth consistency is achieved, about 2 minutes.

Finally, layer your cake with the frosting then cover completely (as I have done) or you could add more frosting between layers and just cover the top of the cake. Now comes the best bit… pour over the caramel sauce! Yum yum…!

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