Chocolate fudge cupcakes

On another one of my baking whims, I decided to bake chocolate fudge cupcakes. I used Nigella’s recipe and made chocolate buttercream frosting to put on top. These were easily the best cupcakes I’ve made thus far – so delicious. I think they’ll have to make another appearance sooner rather than later.

‘Tis the season to bake cakes

My best friend gave me Nigella’s How To Be A Domestic Goddess book as an early Christmas present, so this week I decided to road test her carrot cupcake recipe. Oh my, they were good.

It has taken me a while to get into the festive spirit this year, but I think I’ve finally got there. Much cooking, baking and seasonal frivolity on the way!

December 10, 2010, 2:40 am
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I made some Malteser cupcakes last week. They were quite something. It’s pretty cool that standard cupcake mix can be so enhanced simply by adding Maltesers. I added whole ones to the cake batter and crushed ones to the buttercream frosting. I made enough to fill a couple of cake tins and they disappeared pretty quickly so I’m assuming I wasn’t the only one who liked them.

Cupcake celebration

As it’s my last full-time week at my old job, I’ve made some cupcakes to bring in tomorrow. It has become something of a habit to bring in my baked goods to work. Baking is a brilliant way to let off steam and forget the stresses of the day, and I guess I’ve been a bit stressed recently so I’ve been baking a lot. These are chocolate cupcakes, each with a chunk of white chocolate in the centre. The frosting is cream cheese with a hint of vanilla. Do you like my new cake tins, by the way? They were a birthday present from my mum and a lovely addition to my kitchenware.

I wish I had the momentum to write something more interesting, but I just don’t have it right now. If all goes to plan, the hunt for a summer flat may have come to an end. My poor, insanely tired body can’t take much more trekking around after work to view flats. I feel like I’m too busy to take everything in, and that’s never a good feeling. I’ve spent some time lounging in parks and various eateries, however, in between work and viewings. It’s funny how much you can fit into small windows of time!

Carrot cake
March 29, 2010, 5:29 pm
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It was my boyfriend’s mum’s birthday yesterday! She really likes carrot cake so that was on the dessert menu. We ate a lot of carrot cake in my house when I was growing up so it was daunting to attempt this recipe without my mum barking orders over my shoulder. It turned out well, nonetheless!


For the cake:

250g unsalted butter

375g caster sugar

2 orange rinds, grated

4 eggs

450g carrots, grated (or you could cheat like I did and blend them!)

100g almonds, chopped

1 tbsp vanilla essence

Juice of 1 orange

250g plain flour

2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp mixed spice

1 tsp salt

For the icing:

225g full fat cream cheese

65g unsalted butter

400g icing sugar, sifted

1 tsp vanilla essence


Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4. Grease a 23cm cake tin. Beat the butter, sugar and orange rind until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one by one, beating well to incorporate each addition. Fold in the grated carrot and chopped almonds. Add the vanilla essence and orange juice. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, mixed spice and salt together then fold into the mixture. Pour into the tin and bake for 45-60 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. To make the icing, cream the cheese and butter together until smooth. Add the icing sugar and vanilla essence and beat until smooth.