Hidden Heart Cupcakes

I’ve been wanting to attempt hidden heart cupcakes for awhile now and with just the right amount of leftover ingredients from the Gruffalo cupcakes, i decided to finish them up by making these pretty little things. I probably didn’t fill the cups enough so you can see the top part of the hearts sticking out but i figured it wouldn’t make a difference once topped with swirls of buttercream frosting! I used my all-time favourite yellow cupcakes recipe for these cupcakes but you can use any vanilla cupcake recipe you prefer. There is a really useful video i found that includes a recipe for cupcakes and clear steps to follow to get your very own hidden heart cupcake! Crossing these off my bake list xx

White Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Got a cupcake recipe book from my cousin last christmas and this was the first recipe i tried from it. Had half a bag of white chocolate chips in the fridge so i settled on White Chocolate Chip cupcakes. These are really simple to make and super tasty. Of course i may be slightly biased because i am a fan of white chocolate and not forgetting that this recipe includes buttermilk, an immediate win for me! Something great to try instead of the usual semi sweet chocolate chips.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 125g unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup caster (superfine) sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract (i used vanilla essence)
  • 2 cups self raising flour, sifted
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/4 cups white chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 170°and line 12 standard muffin holes with paper cases. Beat butter and sugar in  large bowl with electric beaters until pale and creamy. Gradually add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla extract and beat until combined. Fold in the flour alternately with the buttermilk, then fold in the chocolate chips.

Divide the mixture evenly among the cases until 3/4 full. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the cake (make sure you don’t poke at the melted chocolate chips!) Leave the cakes in the tin for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

Recipe was adapted from Cupcakes 39 irresistible sweet treat recipes.

Enjoy!

There’s No Such Thing As A Gruffalo!

40 Gruffalo cupcakes done and delivered. I have to say that the worst part about baking is the clean up! Life would be so much easier with a dishwasher. So only a couple of cupcakes look like the ones above and the rest were the same teddy bear like gruffalo cupcakes i mentioned in an earlier post. I started baking at 1030, my batter was perfect for 32 cupcakes. 32! Just 8 more to 40 and i had to sift and blend and mix again just for 8 more cupcakes. Halved the ingredients so there wouldn’t be too much extra cupcakes and only managed that after getting help from my boyfriend who is studying to be a math teacher (how perfect for my anti-math brain) with all the fractions. My sister needed the cupcakes by 1515 and i got it to her at 1530. Yes, my time management skills scream amateur and i will not deny that i am beyond exhausted.

Used a simple chocolate cupcake recipe and the cakes were really nice, moist and not too over the top chocolaty. The instructions tell you to fill 3/4 of your muffin cup with batter but don’t! My muffin cups are slightly smaller than normal but even so i’m sure somewhere near half should be perfect or you’ll get a chocolate cupcake eruption. Really love this chocolate frosting recipe too, so yummy. Hope the kids loved them!

Easter Cupcakes & Buttercream Frosting

A couple of months ago during easter my sister and i planned to bake some easter themed cupcakes. Couldn’t decide what to decorate the cupcakes with that would make it more Easter-ish so i went to cold storage and straight to the already scarce Easter goodies section and was lucky enough to find these snickerdoodle cookies by Annie’s! I really love this buttercream frosting recipe i found from glorious treats, American Buttercream Frosting. Used this same recipe for cupcakes i baked for my best friend’s baby shower and they seemed to be a hit! Finding a really good frosting recipe can be a tricky thing (for me at least) and i’m glad i landed on this one.

Yellow Cupcakes & Strawberry Frosting

Baked yellow vanilla cupcakes with strawberry frosting for the supposed to be picnic that ended up being a get together at Sophie’s place. Was extremely nervous about the frosting melting off the cupcakes before even getting there but thankfully they made it. The frosting was really tricky, probably designed for perfect spring weather and not the awful hot and humid weather we have going on here so i had to refrigerate them for abit to let the frosting stay and then hold them in front of the a/c in the car.

Yellow Cupcakes are my favourite cupcakes to bake because they are so easy to make and are so yummy!  The recipe is Martha Stewart’s Yellow Cupcakes Recipe . Sometimes i use buttermilk instead of just milk as i so strongly believe buttermilk  just makes everything taste better!  I really want to try hidden ♥ cupcakes soon, wish me luck!

Wildflowers and Berries

I’m not a super baker and i still make a hell load of mistakes, but despite that baking still helps me take my mind off things and keeps me calm when everything else around me is close to insane. I’ve been wanting to start a blog of the simple things i bake but could never come up with a name (it’s always the hardest part). So anyway, last night i had a dream that i was giving out samples of cakes i baked, wildflowers and blueberry. Since the other names i wanted were all already taken up, i keyed this one in and got it! So wildflowers and berries it is.

Yesterday i worked on Gruffalo cupcakes for my sisters speech and drama class. They didn’t turn out exactly the way i wanted them to and i felt like the gruffalos looked more like teddy bears. The kids loved them however, you’ve got to love kids. They picked out things like the green dot on a brown m&m as the wart on its nose and on a few cupcakes with only green mini m&ms they exclaimed “This one has more than one wart!” I have to bake 40 more gruffalo cupcakes for Friday, hopefully they’ll look better and i’ll snap some pictures of them. X