Archives for the month of: November, 2012

I love Thanksgiving. Maybe it’s because you get to eat turkey before Christmas. Or maybe it’s the lovely thought of seeing faces I only get to see every now and then. It’s both of these, but it also because of pumpkin pie. I love it. Seriously. Pumpkin and spices, there’s nothing better. The one we have at Thanksgiving always tastes so good and so not wanting to intrude on my love of it I made pumpkin cupcakes instead. I’ve had a tin of pumpkin in the cupboard just waiting for the moment to make these. I used this Hummingbird recipe and topped them with cream cheese frosting.
I finally mastered the cream cheese frosting. Previous attempts have always gone runny and I’m never able to pipe it. So following these tips I managed to get it right. The key was to beat the butter and sugar together for a while first and then add the cream cheese and use cold Philidelphia that way it stays nice and thick! They taste really good, nice and soft because of the pumpkin and not too sweet. I’m really looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner tonight and will be taking lots of these with me. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 

This weekend my sister, cousin and I went to Vienna. We had so much fun exploring the city and spent a lot of time admiring and tasting Vienna’s sweet treats. This included a cupcake shop, christmas markets, an iconic cake cafe and sipping on hot punches… read more

I’ve been waiting since last November to make these. I find Movember hilarious. I generally like a bit of facial hair so to celebrate this hirsute month I made these cupcakes. I went for the manly combination of  chocolate guinness cake with cream cheese frosting and topped them with these moustaches. I used this recipe and you can definitely taste the Guinness! I love supporting any funny fundraising, and if you want to too you can find my friends’ donation pages here and here.

One of the great cook books that I received for my birthday was Paul Hollywood’s ‘How to Bake’. The first recipe that caught my eye was this one for dark chocolate and cherry muffins. One of my favourite combinations. In my excitement I forgot to buy the bread flour so I used plain instead. I felt like one of those contestants in the Great British Bake Off who in one of the technical challenges deviates from the recipe given to them by Paul. Then he gives them this look when he tastes it, something similar to this. Oh well. I’m guessing they are more cake-like than if I used the right flour but they are pretty great anyway, with the right balance between sweetness and the bitter chocolate. I look forward to baking my way through the rest of the book, with a little more attention to the ingredients list…

Having been at University in Sussex for three years it’s surprising that I hadn’t been to Lewes Bonfire Night before. Friends had always come back with horror stories and burnt limbs so I wasn’t too sure. But this year I decided to be brave and go. I went with a friend who is a regular attendee so was a pro at navigating the fire filled streets. I’m not going to lie, it was crazy. So much fire in my face. But the scary was nothing compared to how much fun it was! There was a procession with lots of bangers and explosions. Everyone was dressed up, I even spotted a Gandalf and a very unpopular Lance Armstrong. We then went to see the bonfire and fireworks which were amazing. Not wanting to visit my friend in Lewes empty-handed I made these vanilla cupcakes. And of course bonfire night cupcakes wouldn’t have been complete without mini sparklers!