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Make Whoopie…

Apparently the cupcake has had its day. There is a new baked goods craze sweeping the nation in the shape of the delightfully named Whoopie Pie which is basically two cake shells filled with flavoured buttercream. They more closely resemble a macaron than a cake and their robust, sturdy squidginess is making them very popular, particularly with those who are put off by the increasing feminisation of the cupcake.

The Times article was picked up by several people on my Facebook feed upon publication and since I had a trip planned to The Hummingbird Bakery the next day, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to sample these delightfully named little numbers. Just call me a trendsetter! Read more

Lemon Cupcakes

As you probably all know, cupcakes are the sweet treat du jour so when I was invited out for a rather girlie teaparty this Sunday, it seemed like the perfect excuse to use the copy of The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook I was given for Christmas since this bakery is one of the hottest cupcake spots in London.

I flipped through this stylish little number several times for inspiration before deciding that since there would be many other sweetmeats at the tea party, I would go for lemon cupcakes as hopefully the citrus would be sharp and cleansing after tonnes of sugar. Plus I had accumulated a lot of lemons in the fruit bowl…

The recipe seemed straightforward, except that it calls for an electric mixer or whisk to make the batter. I don’t usually bake this way, so I was a little bit apprehensive about how easy this would be since I only have the whisk attachment to my handblender. I feared it would make more of a mess (and washing-up!) than the usual hand made method, but I figured there was only one way to find out!

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Swedish Apple Cake

The weather may have warmed up in the past day or so, but it is still cold enough to justify a delicious helping of sticky sweet carbs which means Allegra McEvedy’s G2 Recipe yesterday for Swedish Apple Cake leapt out at me immediately, especially as I had some apples needing eaten up and it promised to take only 15 minutes to prepare. The fact she suggests using a deep frying pan instead of a cake tin really appealed as it sounded like a real time saver… Read more