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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Jelly Bean Easter Nest Cupcakes : Guest Post...


Pretty vanilla cupcakes each topped with butter cream and a chocolate nest of Jelly Belly "eggs". You can use any Jelly Belly beans for decoration but the Ice Cream Parlour mix is especially pretty with egg like speckles!



Makes 12

For the cakes-
  • 125g softened butter or baking margarine
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs - beaten
  • 125g self raising flour - or plain flour with a tsp of baking powder added
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence
  • pinch salt
  • 1 - 2 tbs milk


For the butter cream-

This quantity will be enough to pipe the frosting onto the cakes - if you are going to spread the frosting you can reduce the amounts by a third.
  • 100g softened butter
  • 200g icing sugar
  • Green food colouring
  • 1 - 2 tbs milk

For the Chocolate Nests
  • 40g butter
  • 1 ½ tbs golden syrup
  • 1 ½ tbs cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ tbs white granulated sugar
  • 50g shredded wheat - crushed


Method

For the cakes-
  • Cream the butter and sugar together with a hand held mixer or in your stand mixer. 
  •  Add the eggs together with a tablespoon of the flour and beat well.
  • Sieve the flour, baking powder, vanilla essence and salt and fold into the batter. 
  • If the batter is very stiff add the milk to loosen the mixture.
  • Line a bun tin with fairy cake cases. 
  • Fill each case 2/3 full with batter and bake at 190C / GM 5 for about 12 - 14 minutes.
  • The buns are done when risen and springy. 
  •  Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes then removed from the tin.


For the butter cream-
  • The secret to fluffy butter cream is to beat the butter really well before you add any sugar. 
  • Place the butter in a bowl and beat with an electric hand mixer until soft and fluffy. 
  • Slowly add the icing sugar beating as you go. 
  • Add the milk to loosen the mixture. 
  • Add the food colouring a few drops at a time until the frosting is the colour you require. 
  • You can also make your buttercream in a food processor, again beat the butter well before adding the icing sugar, milk and colouring.

For the chocolate nests-
  • Place the butter, syrup, cocoa powder and sugar into a small saucepan and heat gently, stirring all the time, until melted. 
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the crushed shredded wheat.
  • Dollop teaspoons of the mixture onto a piece of greaseproof paper or silicon baking mat and shape into nests by flattening and hollowing out the centre. 
  • Allow to cool and set.

Decoration-
  • Pipe or spread the butter cream onto each cake, top each with a chocolate nest filled with a few Jelly Belly jelly bean "eggs".

About this guest post-

Recipe, styling & photography by Helen Best-Shaw (fussfreeflavours.com) for Jelly Belly UK

Monday, 7 April 2014

Creative Mondays Blog Hop And This Weeks Features...


Hello and welcome to Creative Mondays blog hop...

What has got you creative this week?

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This weeks Creative Monday feature and pinned blogs are-

Monday, 3 March 2014

Mad Blog Awards, Creative Mondays Blog Hop And This Weeks Featured Blogs...

Hello and welcome to Creative Mondays, what has got you creative this week?


MAD Blog Awards

Yeah last week I found out I had some nominations in the Mad blog awards :)

I would love a few more if you have a little spare time to vote for me???


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This weeks Creative Monday feature and pinned blogs are-

Glitter Shamrock Button Covers - Crafty Journal
Crafty Journal
Auteur Ariel
rainbow poke cupcakes
Sweet Pennies From Heaven

Monday, 24 February 2014

24/02 Creative Mondays Blog Hop And This Weeks Featured Blogs...

Hello and welcome to Creative Mondays, what has got you creative this week?

Me school holidays have been and gone.

 A 3 years old blog birthday has passed where I wish Judy had been here as it was nearly her 3rd year blog birthday too.

bike ride to grandma house, a little time for my up-fashion challenge, and a what I wore post all in a week?

No wonder I'm worn out!!

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This weeks Creative Monday feature and pinned blogs are-

eshakti, eshakti dress, pink and white, pink and black striped dress, pink dress, pink dress outfit, valentines day, valentines day inspired outfit,
Love Iris
Easy DIY Gift Printable for the Chocolate Lover in Your Life
Kims Kandy Kreations
Kit kat random act
Kezzie

Monday, 17 February 2014

16/02 Creative Mondays Blog Hop And This Weeks Featured Blogs...

Hello and welcome to Creative Mondays, what has got you creative this week?


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Monday, 3 February 2014

Creative Mondays Blog Hop And This Weeks Featured Blogs...


Hello and welcome to Creative Mondays, what has got you creative this week?

Me easy pizza muffins more up-cycled Valentine shoes,  what I wore , millionaires flapjacks and some Valentine cards with the children.

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Millionaire's Flapjacks...


We all love millionaires shortbread and especially anything with chocolate and yummy caramel in it.

My grandma always made it for me on special occasions and she knew how much I love it. She would also make me and my granddad a batch to share to surprise us often. After my grandad died she always carried on making me some up, even in her 90's.

She made the best ever millionaires shortbread and when she passed away bless her, it was up to me to take over the baking it. However much I try I can never make it as good as hers was, my shortbread never turns out as good. I tried this recipe with a twist and replaced the shortbread for flapjack,, wow it tasted great.

Monday, 27 January 2014

27/01 Creative Mondays Blog Hop And This Weeks Featured Blogs...

Hello and welcome to Creative Mondays, what has got you creative this week?

Me a 5 minute shoe re-style and some vintages style diy jars covers.

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Monday, 20 January 2014

20/01 Creative Mondays Blog Hop And This Weeks Featured Blogs...


Hello and welcome to Creative Mondays a blog hop where you can have fun inking up all your creative post each week.

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Monday, 30 December 2013

30/12 Creative Mondays Blog Hop And This Weeks Features...


Hello and welcome to Creative Mondays, hosted by Clairejustineoxox and Judy-H-JS Thoughtwhere you can link up all your creative post each week.

Hope you have all had a lovely Christmas/ holidays?

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Friday, 29 November 2013

Individual Christmas Puddings...



Makes: 8

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients
  • 150g Whitworths Cranberries
  • 150g Whitworths Sultanas
  • 150g Whitworths Raisins
  • 50g Candied Mixed Peel
  • 120ml Dark Rum
  • 125g Unsalted Butter, diced
  • 160g Dark Brown Sugar
  • 100g Plain Flour
  • 3tsp Mixed Spice
  • 1 tbsp Black Treacle
  • 2 Medium Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 Medium Cooking Apple, peeled & grated
  • 25g Whitworths Flaked Almonds
To decorate
  • 50g Whitworths Walnut Pieces
  • 1tbsp runny honey


Method
  • Soak the cranberries, sultanas, raisins and candied peel in the rum for 48 hours, in a covered bowl, before making the Christmas puddings.
  • Preheat the oven to 180oC (fan 160oC), Gas Mark 4.
  • Use 25g of the butter to generously grease eight cups of a deep muffin tin, leaving the four corner cups ungreased.
  • Beat the remaining butter until soft in a large mixing bowl and then stir in the sugar.
  • Sift the flour and mixed spice together into the bowl and beat until evenly combined with the butter mixture.
  • Add the black treacle and gradually beat in the eggs, one at a time.
  • Fold the alcohol soaked fruit, the grated apple and almonds into the batter and gently mix until evenly distributed.
  • Spoon the mixture evenly into the eight greased muffin tin cups, leaving the four ungreased corners empty.
  • Fill the corner cups with boiling water and carefully place the muffin tray on the bottom shelf of the preheated oven & bake for 40 minutes.
  • Carefully remove the muffin tin from the oven and use a blunt knife to ease the Christmas puddings out of the muffin tin. 
  • Serve immediately.
To decorate
  • Mix the walnut pieces and runny honey and use to top the mini puddings, then serve warm with vanilla custard, cream or brandy butter.

Recipe and photo credit by - Whitworths


Sunday, 17 November 2013

18/11 Creative Mondays Blog Hop And This Weeks Features..


Hello and welcome to Creative Mondays, hosted by Clairejustineoxox and Judy-H-JS Thoughtwhere you can link up all your creative post each week.

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Clothes And Creativity
Paperseedlings
Sarah Lynns Sweets
Shine On
No-Bake Cake Batter Cookie Bars...absolutely delicious and ready in just a few minutes!
Lamberts Lately
Pennys Treasures
Turkey Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial | SewsNBows
Sews N Bows
Plum Perfect And Me
Winnish
Batman Themed Presents ~ Threading My Way
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