Yield: 16 Cupcakes

Ready to eat

Ready to eat

The cupcakes were created for one of the lovely ladies I work with who was leaving to go onto maternity leave. Her favourite style of cake is Black Forest but being a work party I wanted something a little easier to share. Hence breaking down the key elements of a black forest cake into a cupcake version: chocolate cupcakes, cherry filling, whipped cream, chocolate shavings and of course a cherry on top!

These are a real treat and whilst the can be a little messy to eat the flavours all meld together to create a very moorish indulgence. If your after something that has your workmates, friends and family going back for seconds this is the receipe for you!

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Yield: 18 Cupcakes

Pretty in Pink... and also delicious!

Pretty in Pink… and also delicious!

My adorable 6 (and a half!) year old niece Lauren came over for a sleepover last night. In between singing ALL the ‘Frozen’ songs over and over again, just like she was on repeat, she decided we should make the most strawberry-ist of strawberry cupcakes! This was the resulting outcome:

The cupcakes are deliciously flavoured with strawberry puree and come out a lovely pink shade, very much like strawberry ice-cream. Adding macerated strawberries to the buttercream naturally colours it and also breaks down the strawberries so you get delightful flecks of red.

These cupcakes come with Lauren’s stamp of approval!

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Adapted from: Flour by Joanne Chang

Yield: 24 Cupcakes



This was originally a cake receipe that I found in ‘Flour’ by Joanne Chang. After one particularly bad day at a previous workplace I desperately needed a pick-me-up and went home and made the cake version… and yes perhaps ate it for dinner… my day was THAT bad!

Anyway after about the third slice I started eyeing the receipe as I wanted a bit more cake to buttercream ratio. Thinking about it I realised that it would make an excellent cupcake with a few minor tweaks. What you find here is a receipe I have made half a dozen times between that day and now.

Note: Due to the rum in the buttercream this isn’t really suitable for children; it’s decidedly grown up and just a little bit naughty!

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