Recipe | Raspberry and coconut cupcakes

A bright swirl of raspberry buttercream is a great finishing touch to these raspberry and coconut cupcakes.

How to make raspberry and coconut cupcakes with raspberry buttercream frosting simple recipe uk

The last recipe I’ll post for a while featuring raspberries (promise!). One bonus of this one is that it allows you to use fresh or frozen raspberries. The original recipe for these raspberry and coconut cupcakes comes from the BBC goodfood website.

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Recipe | Raspberry cupcakes with orange sugar drizzle

The orange sugar drizzle is the perfect topping for these simple raspberry cupcakes.

Easy fresh raspberry cupcakes with orange drizzle recipe

My parents grow raspberries and had a huge crop this year. This is my excuse for featuring a raspberry cupcake recipe this week and next. Apologies to those who don’t like the flavour or cakes with any “bits” in them! The original recipe for these raspberry and orange sugar drizzles cupcakes comes from the BBC goodfood website.

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Recipe | Snickers no bake cheesecake

Inspired by Snickers bars (still “Marathon” to some of us!), this no bake cheesecake is a a decadent combination of chocolate, caramel and peanut.

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All credit for this recipe goes to the lovely Jane over at Jane’s Patisserie. She is a cheesecake genius and her website features over forty cheesecake recipes. Make sure you check it out!

Following some suggestions from Jane, I made a couple of changes to her recipe. She has all sorts of helpful ideas as to how to make the recipe even more peanutty, so take a look at her original recipe if that’s what you’re after.

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Recipe | Orange sweetie cake

Soft sponge cake with a subtle orange colour and flavour, covered with white icing and all your favourite sweets!

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This is a simple sponge tray bake recipe with orange zest and colour to give it some extra zing. The best bit is obviously the topping. Use whatever sweets you like. If you’re not a fan of Haribo or dolly mixtures, you could stick to chocolate, hundreds and thousands or other sugar sprinkles. A very easy tray bake which will go over well with kids of all ages.

I found the original recipe – Sweetie Tray Bake – at GoodtoKnow, where the cake is topped with melted white chocolate instead of water icing: another good option!

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Recipe | Lemon drizzle cupcakes

These lemon drizzle cupcakes are just about perfect.

Baking with kids lemon drizzle cupcakes uk

These lemon drizzle cupcakes are light and fluffy while also moist and tangy. They’re just about perfect and very easy to make.

I adapted the recipe from Mary Berry’s lemon drizzle traybake recipe. So if you want to make a bigger cake, you might want to take a look at Mary’s original recipe.

Ingredients

  • 4 oz / 115 g butter at room temperature or baking margarine straight from the fridge
  • 4 oz / 115 g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • Finely-grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 level teaspoon baking powder
  • 5 oz / 140 g self-raising flour, sifted

For the glaze

  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 oz / 85 g granulated or caster sugar

Method

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Recipe | Easy lemon cupcakes with lemon buttercream icing

Delicate, fluffy lemon cupcakes with lemon buttercream icing.

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Still avoiding chocolate in the post-festive period, this week I’ve made easy lemon cupcakes. These are so simple to make using the most basic of sponge recipes plus some lemon zest. The buttercream swirl helps to make them a little more exciting! Perfect for every occasion from afternoon tea to the school bake sale. Wait! There’s more. Click for the recipe and more lovely pics!

Recipe | Yoghurt cupcakes

One bowl. No scales. No mess. And delicious results!

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You can use any flavour yoghurt (or yogurt, depending on how you prefer to spell it) for this recipe. I used strawberry because it’s what I had in the fridge. Large pots of fromage frais also work with this recipe.

This is a reworking of a recipe I previously featured as a loaf cake.

Ingredients (makes 12 cupcakes)

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Recipe | Chocolate chip cupcakes with coloured buttercream icing: perfect for children’s parties

Simple choc chip cupcakes + fancy cupcake stand = easy kid’s birthday cake solution!

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It was my son’s birthday recently and I spent quite a while wondering what cake to make him. Last year I spent hours make a cake in the shape of a car. Like this:

Kid's car birthday party cake

This year I decided to go for a time-saving option. Instead of trying to make some sort of cake sculpture, I searched for a nice cupcake stand and made simple cupcakes to fill it. My son loves rockets and an internet search turned up this set which includes the cupcake stand, 24 rocket cupcake cake toppers and 24 starry cupcake cases.

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Putting the stand together is easy. The rigid cardboard pieces just slot together and the finished effect is great.

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Now onto the bit where I made cake! This is a basic sponge recipe (which will probably be familiar to many of you) with some milk chocolate chips thrown into the mix.

Ingredients (these amounts will make 12 cupcakes. I doubled up this mix to make 24)

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Recipe | Ice cream cone cakes

Vanilla cake baked into ice cream cones with a swirl of buttercream. Perfect for kids of all ages!

How to make cake inside ice cream cones so cake looks like ice creams with swirl buttercream and sprinkles

I’ve been wanting to try this one for a long, long time, ever since I saw them online last year when searching for ideas for my son’s birthday cake. I got the recipe from BBC Good Food (ever reliable!).

I used flat-bottomed ice cream cones, but I have seen other recipes which use pointy-end cones (technical term there)… but they’re a bit trickier to make and I’m all about convenience 🙂

How to make cake inside ice cream cones with swirl icing and sprinkles

I chose a vanilla cake recipe, but there’s nothing to stop you filling your cones with a different flavoured cake mix.

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Recipe | Raspberry ripple cupcakes with raspberry buttercream filling

These raspberry ripple cupcakes are mini versions of one of the nicest sandwich cakes I’ve ever made. This way it’s easier to store and share the deliciousness 🙂

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Last year, as part of my mission to make all the cakes which feature in my first novel, Art and SoulI made a large raspberry ripple sponge cake filled with raspberry flavoured buttercream. I surprised myself with just how delicious is was and I’ve made it several times since. This week I didn’t have enough raspberries to make a large cake, so decided to make some cupcakes instead.

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