Wednesday, 31 August 2011

My first cupcakes!

I have had a weakness for American-style cupcakes ever since a bakery specialising in them opened in my city. I had never dreamed it would be possible - let alone easy - to recreate the same thing at home, until I was recently given The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook as a gift.

Oh, it is wondrous! The sponge itself can be ready to cook in about fifteen minutes, and once cooled, the frosting is easy to spread on and utterly delicious. The recipes I have tried so far (three, and another later on today) are straightforward and produce perfect quantities - meaning heaps of frosting, just like the real thing.

These ones were my first attempt - the strawberry cheesecake cupcakes. There is chopped strawberry in the bottom, cream cheese frosting on top, and a sprinkling of biscuit crumbs to represent the biscuit base of a cheesecake.

If you enjoy baking or simply have a sweet tooth, this book is a necessity.


Ready to pour on the cake mixture...

... spreading on the frosting...

... and eating the rest!

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