Saturday, 9 February 2013

More sweet stuff

Another week has gone by without any real food to report on but more cakes and brownies :)

This time I made nutella swirl cupcakes.  I was ill and wanted cake but couldn't be bothered making icing - I hate that puff of icing sugar in my face everytime I make icing.  We make it all the time for cake orders so there is not much chance of me making it unless I am forced to these days.  Why is it soooo messy??

So I went with nutella swirl cupcakes so there was no need for icing - they are perfect without :)

I found the recipe from this pin but everything was measured in cups so I did what I could with that :) Recipe I used is below.  These cakes are made with a mixture of butter and oil - look how white the mix is!!

The nutella is added once the cakes are in their cases.  Melt the nutella slightly in the microwave to make it easier and swirl into the cakes - I don't think I put enough in I always want more nutella!  I didn't measure I just guessed as usual :)  

Here is one that came out with a nice swirl.  I ate them while still warm so they tasted amazing.  Cold ones later that night were also good the nutella stays soft in the middle and it is heavenly when you come across a big dollop :)

Another night I decided to make mini brownies.  My sister mentioned it and I couldn't get them out of my head so I had to make them.  Tiny little brownie bites.

These are the same recipe as I used on Christmas Craft night from this pin but this time I made them in the Pampered Chef mini-muffin tin. I didn't use cases this time because the mini muffin is non stick and works really well but these were not as good as the usual size ones - I will have to work on them :) Maybe baking them in a tiny case would help.
I love how small they are and a giant button fits perfectly on them

All of my posts have been about food recently!  I am still working very hard on my quiet book for my big boy since he wanted a book like his sister.  It will be finished very very soon.  I have worked on it almost every night of January and lots more before that!  They really are a labour of love.  I hadn't looked at pins for ages on quiet books but looked the other night and there are tons more ideas!!  I have my own ideas for Finlay's book but other people are so talented their sewing is amazing.  I wish I had more skill.  I have hand sewn all of this book because I can't face the sewing machine ever again!  One day I will look at it and see if it can be saved.  Until then I will keep on with my needle and thread....

Recipe for nutella swirl cupcakes (for non American cup users :) )
57g butter
56g rape seed oil
201g sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
224g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup nutella - which I guessed :)

Beat butter oil and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix flour, baking powder and salt together before adding half to butter. Mix slowly. Add milk and beat. Add rest of flour mixture and beat.   Divide between cases. Melt nutella in microwave in bursts until soft. Swirl nutella into cupcakes before baking at 180 ℃ for around 15 minutes.  Eat one or two (!?) while still warm you will love it!


  1. YUM! Those look delicious!

    1. :) thanks Anne will work on the taste but don't mind sampling them all until they are perfect :) x


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