Friday 27 September 2013

Friday Recipe Swap: Variations on Cupcakes

Like many people I have a tried and tested cupcake recipe:

  1. Heat oven to 190 C (fan 175 C)
  2. Pop papercases into a 12 hole cake baking tray
  3. Get a large mixing bowl
  4. Sift in 4 oz of self raising flour
  5. Add 4 oz caster sugar
  6. Add 4 oz margarine or butter
  7. Add 2 medium eggs
  8. Add pinch bicarbonate of soda
  9. Add few drops vanilla essence
  10. Mix together until mix drops off a spoon
  11. Share between the 12 cases
  12. Bake for 15 minutes in the oven
  13. Once cooled decorate if required
Sometimes I like to mix things up a bit and vary the recipe. First up chocolate chip I add 2 oz of chocolate chips to the mixture once it is blended:

The cakes are then just a little bit more interesting without too much effort:

My next variation was accidental but turned out delicious! Instead of vanilla essence I dissolved a teaspoon of coffee in boiling water and added to the cake mix:

This makes the cake mix a nice brown colour, you can adjust the amount of coffee powder to suit your taste:

It may have been an accident but it turned out great:

What I had meant to make were mocha cakes inspired by an Usborne children's cookery book! For this recipe you replace 1 oz of flour with 1 oz of cocoa and use the coffee mix instead of vanilla:

These come out a lovely dark brown and are very scrummy:

What are your favourite variations on a simple fairy cake?


  1. This looks so calm and beautiful, your photos are lovely as always x :)

  2. thank you x it was a perfect evening

  3. Lovely photos, I especially like the first one :)

  4. Stunning - very moody!

  5. Utterly gorgeous

  6. beautifully atmospheric pictures.

  7. Sim @ Sim's Life18 October 2013 at 21:15

    You do take some stunning pics!! I am envious of where you live!!xx

  8. Close enough for a day trip from you!


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