Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Cupcakes I want to try

For my Pink Ribbon Breakfast I tried a new recipe... which tasted good but had kind of a weird texture, they were really dense! Sometimes its tricky making new flavours because you never know how they will turn out, but I guess that's half the fun of baking.

I thought I would share some of my current favourite cupcakes that I'd like to try in the next few months and I'll let you know how they go!

I found most of these on Pinterest (because who doesn't love Pinterest really? It's my new best friend)

Tiny teddy cupcakes!

I thought these pot plant ones were really cute too (the leaves are just green fondant that you shape into little shoots)

My ultimate fav are these raincloud cupcakes! You use blue jelly crystals to make the cool blue effect and a sprinkle coconut on top of the icing so make them look like puffy clouds:)

Have you seen any cool cupcake designs recently? Comment with the link and I'll share it on here xx.

Vicky found these freaking amazing ones that have been made for NZ Music Month... I had to share some of them because I was like *stunned with shock* at the coolness :) They are based on famous Kiwi songs!

This is "Four Seasons in one day- By Crowded House"
 And this one is "Slice of Heaven- By Dave Dobbyn and the Herbs

 Check them all out here:

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

My Wellington crush (& cake shop crushes)

We moved to Wellington over 3 years ago now and I can honestly say I really and truly adore this city!

I went for a walk through parliament last night and thought to myself 'Yep, Wellington is an awesome city' I think the parliament buildings are particularly pretty. 
I took this photo a couple of weekends ago just before dusk when it had been pouring with rain, love it!

My top five favourite things about Wellington:

1. The coffee amazing pretty much everywhere you go! Especially Flight!
2. The people are really friendly and helpful. Want to test this? just stand with a map on a corner in Cuba Mall and count how many people stop and give you directions!
3. It's a theatre and musical hub so there is always a good indie gig or a theatre production to go to, I like the Bats theatre the best:)
4. Whether its pouring rain, super windy or glorious sunshine the South Coast is always awesome! Every time I go there its completely different and I find some new sea creature or unusual seashell.
5. I like how you can walk right around the city fringes on the 'City to Sky walkway' because the city is so compact! You get this whole other perspective of the suburbs and amazing views. It would be impossible to do this in Auckland, you would die of exhaustion before you even made it half way.

Now for my baking crushes...

As most of you know my favourite cupcake/cake store in the whole of NZ is '' based in Miramar. They handmade every little element of my dream wedding cake and it was beyond perfect! They also make incredible cupcakes. You should check them out (our cake is even on there website!)

My second favourite cake shop is Tempt in the Old Bank arcade. But I hardly go there now because its so out of the way. There cupcakes are soo delicious! albeit expensive but they are still a fav!

My final favourite cupcake shop is Cupcake sweeties in Lower Hutt. 
They don't have a shop but they sell there cupcakes every Sunday at the City Market or online They also sell there cupcake decorations and products at the NZique store in Petone.

 (Alice in Wonderland cupcakes from Cupcake Sweeties)

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Creating your own cupcake flavours

As most of you know I'm really into experimenting with new flavours and making your own flavours of cake is actually really fun and easy. The first essential step is having a really good basic cake recipe to work from.

Today I tried out a random google searched recipe for 'plain cupcakes' which I then altered to make my own Pink lemonade and Mexican hot chocolate flavoured cupcakes. The result was pretty awesome! Really light, really fluffy and really delicious cupcakes.


  • 125g unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ cup (185mL) milk


Preheat oven to 180°C. Place muffin papers in one 12-hole muffin tray or cupcake papers in two 12-hole cupcake trays. In an electric mixer, beat butter for 2 minutes until pale in colour and creamy. Add sugar one third at a time, beating well between each addition. Add the eggs one at a time, beating for about a minute between each addition. Add the vanilla essence and beat until combined. Sift flour and baking powder and add half to butter mixture with half the milk, mix until well combined. Repeat with remaining flour and milk.
Fill cupcake papers ¾ full (an icecream scoop is perfect for this). Bake muffin size cupcakes for 20-25 minutes and small cupcakes for about 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle of a cupcake comes out clean. Transfer to wire racks and allow to cool completely.

Now for my additions....

I wanted to make pink lemonade cupcakes after I saw Tania's awesome ones (check out my previous post). So I just added a few tablespoons of lemon juice to the cake then made a butter cream icing and added lemonade concentrate and pink food colouring.

In most recipes you have some leeway in terms of how much 'extra stuff' you can add without the recipe turning into a complete fail. So don't be afraid to add a few tablespoons of this or that. If you want some nuts add some, if you want some chocolate add some etc,etc. Just make sure its not more than a few tablespoons or things will start to go amiss.

For the mexican hot chocolate ones I added two tablespoons of cocoa and a handful of dark chocolate chips to the cake batter. For the icing I halved the butter cream I made for the lemonade cupcakes but added 2 tablespoons of this bad boy...

If you've never tried it before you need to! It's my favourite drink at the moment. You just heat it up with some milk in the microwave for a delicious spicy (cinnamon and chilli) chocolatey drink. If you want to try a really authentic Mexican hot chocolate you should grab one from La Boca Loca in Miramar, you can even get one to takeaway.


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