This week I’m baking – Oreo cupcakes

oreo cupcakes

I found this recipe on one of the many blogs I read – coutureandcrumpets.com and I thought I would give it a whirl. However I did make some tweaks to her recipe to make it my own. Here’s how to make them:

INGREDIENTS:

5oz self‑raising flour

6oz caster sugar

6oz butter

3 eggs

1 teaspoon baking powder

3 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 packet Oreo cookies

Icing:

8oz unsalted butter at room temperature

12oz icing sugar

3‑4 tablespoons milk

Vanilla extract

Oreo cookies

Decorate:

Oreo cookies

1)   Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.

2)   Combine the sugar, butter, eggs, flour, cocoa powder and the baking powder until it looks like this….IMG_4062

3)   Spoon some of the batter into each cupcake case. TIP – use an ice-cream scoop so you get the same amount in each case.

4)   Place an Oreo in each case.IMG_4065

5)   Add more of the batter to each case and make sure you cover the Oreo completely.

6)   Pop the cupcakes in the oven for about 15-20 minutes.

7)   Let them cool.IMG_4070

Icing:

1)   Combine the butter and icing sugar. TIP – icing sugar seems to have a habit of getting everywhere so cover your bowl with a tea towel to stop any mess. Trust me – I learnt the hard way!!

2)   Add the milk and a splash of vanilla extract.

3)    Twist the Oreo cookies, scrape off the vanilla in the middle (eat to dispose) and place them in a blender to make crumbs. If you’re feeling particularly stressed, an alternative option is to place the cookies in a food bag and beat with the rolling pin! Very satisfying.

4)    Combine crumbs with the icing.

5)    Pipe icing in a piping bag. TIP – stand the bag in a tall glass to get the icing in the bag.

6)    Pipe away!

As you can see I tried out different icing designs on the cupcake, just for some well needed piping practice!

7)    Cut the Oreos in half and place on each cupcake.oreo cupcakeoreo cupcakes

Happy baking. x

This week I’m baking – Birthday cake cake-pops

birthday cake cake pops

I love cake-pops. They are cute, easy to decorate and bite-size…but be warned, they are time-consuming so this is no Jamie’s 15-Minute Meals. If you don’t know what cake-pops are, they are basically small balls of cake coated in chocolate and placed on a stick, to resemble lollypops.

I made these birthday cake cake-pops for my cousin’s birthday, because nothing says lovin’ like somethin’ from the oven! Here’s how to make them…

1) Firstly, bake a normal chocolate or sponge cake. Any recipe will do, or if you feel like cheating a bit then just buy a ready-made cake from any supermarket. IMG_3867

2) Put the cake into the food processor until it looks like this…IMG_3870

3) To make the frosting – beat 225g cream cheese with 115g unsalted butter with an electric mixer. Then, with the mixer on low, slowly add 450g of icing sugar. Add vanilla extract and blend until the frosting is fluffy.

4) Mix the frosting with the cake but don’t add the frosting in one go. Do it bit by bit so you can get the right consistency. Add the frosting until you are able to make balls without the cake falling apart.

5) Make the cake balls. Tip – use an ice-cream scoop to get the same sized balls each time. IMG_3873

6) Place cake balls in the freezer for 10 minutes.

7) Cut them with a small cookie cutter so they look like birthday cakes. If you don’t have a cookie cutter this size…improvise! I used the container of a pencil sharpener. I did wash it before…promise!IMG_3877_2IMG_3878

8) Melt the chocolate.

9) Dip each cake-pop stick into the melted chocolate (about an inch) and then insert the stick into the bottom of each cake-pop.

10) Dip the whole cake-pop into the melted chocolate and tap off excess chocolate.

11) Cut or break birthday candles and place them on top of each cake pop.

12) Decorate with hundreds and thousands. Tip – be quick here, because the chocolate melts very fast.

13) Pipe royal icing around the cake-pops, let them dry and voila! birthday cake cake popsbirthday cake cake pops

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