National Cupcake Week!

Happy National Cupcake Week everyone!

National Cupcake Week

Over recent months there have been vicious rumours that cupcakes are going out of fashion…never I say!

Why else would we dedicate a whole week to these delicious, pretty little cakes!

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There are too many cupcakes around for me to list in this blog but below are my top 5 recipe ideas for you to try this cupcake week!

Ultimate Vanilla Cupcake and what’s wrong with plain old vanilla?

http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2011/09/ultimate-vanilla-cupcake-test-baked-by.html

As the recipe suggests, this is a tried and tested favourite!  A perfect cupcake for you to add your own toppings to!

http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2011/09/ultimate-vanilla-cupcake-test-baked-by.html

Mojitio Cupcakeshold onto to that summer feeling!

http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2012/06/07/mojito-cupcakes-recipe/

Relive those summer cocktails in Canaries with these boozy cupcakes. I’ve made these before for friends and they are a firm favourite!

http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2012/06/07/mojito-cupcakes-recipe/

Pumpkin Cupcakesautumn is well and truly here, embrace it with the seasonal lovelies!

http://www.joyofbaking.com/cupcakes/PumpkinCupcakes.html

I haven’t made these yummy cupcakes yet but I’m very excited to try them! (You can get canned pumpkin from larger Waitrose stores).

http://www.joyofbaking.com/cupcakes/PumpkinCupcakes.html

Fast Food Cupcakesnot for the beginner baker but these look like great fun!

http://www.bakerella.com/fast-food-fun/

There is never anything boring about a blog post from Bakerella and this one doesn’t disappoint. Cupcakes are so versatile, you can have great fun trying out new ideas!

http://www.bakerella.com/fast-food-fun/

Hummingbird Chocolate Cupcakesfrom the famous London Hummingbird Bakery which makes gorgeous American-style cakes. Seriously delicious!

http://realfood.tesco.com/recipes/hummingbird-chocolate-cupcakes.html

For the chocoholics amongst you this is the perfect indulgent treat!

http://realfood.tesco.com/recipes/hummingbird-chocolate-cupcakes.html

I hope this post hasn’t made you too hungry and has inspired you to dust off your mixers and get baking some fabulous cupcakes!

I will be adding a sugarcraft blog post this weekend when I will be spending the afternoon in my kitchen trying out some new and old cupcake topper ideas!

To find out more about National Cupcake Week check out their website
http://www.nationalcupcakeweek.co.uk/

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I love brownies!

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I have been asked a lot recently what my favourite thing to bake (and more importantly eat) is. It’s a question I have pondered over for some time now. I think it is very difficult to beat a good cupcake. Baking a cupcake then adding the buttercream in a perfect swirl and topping with sprinkled or a nice sugar craft butterfly is pure heaven, however recently I have had a change of heart….

The humble brownie. I’ve baked many recipes trying to find the perfect one and I have finally found Lorraine Pascale’s recipe to be my firm favourite http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/cookies_and_cream_fudge_48648

The secret is the large quantities of egg. Always be wary of recipes with lots of flour and cocoa as a good brownie should mainly be chocolate. They must be moist and squishy not cakey!

Lorraine adds Oreos to hers which are divine. My favourite additions include marshmallows, dried blueberries, Rolos, salted caramel and peanut butter! Mmmm delicious!

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What’s your favourite recipe?

What is your cat doing right now?

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I’ve had Eric for 2 years now and still he finds a way to make me laugh everyday. When I’ve had a bad day at work or I’m feeling rough he some how knows! If your a fellow cat owner you will know what I mean. They never fail to put a smile on your face!

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Most mornings I wake up this view. He likes to stand on my chest and miaow very loudly until I get up and feed him. If I don’t he will proceed to try and smother me.

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I always wanted an affectionate lap-cat and was lucky that Eric loves cuddles and attention. He adores snuggling up with me when I’m watching a movie and always shares the bed with us.

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He is a very vocal cat, everyone knows when he has arrived! When I’m giving him a chin rub he purrs so loudly you can hear it in another room!

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Everyone tells me I spoil him and there probably right! How do you spoil your kitty?

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What is your cat doing right now?

Lisa x

Product Review – Jus-Rol Pizza Bases

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Thought I would give a bit of a review of a product I’ve used quite a few times and have found is perfect for those lazy weeknights when you want to use up what ever you have in the fridge.

Jus-Rol Pizza Bases

Some nights even the thought of getting a bag of flour out the cupboard is too much so these are really good to have on stand-by as they are quite long dated (26th Oct use by on mine).

Each pack comes with two rectangular sheets of pizza dough and a jar of tomato sauce. I always put the dough onto a sheet of grease proof paper before I add the topping (found this out the hard way!).

I found turning the edges up slightly gives a nice crispy crust too. The base is thin enough to get crispy in about 10-12 minutes.

Today my topping of choice was fig, parma ham, mozzarella with a drizzle of honey and scattering of fresh mint!
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Delicious!

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White peach and cardamom crumble

Found a great recipe from one of my favourite blogs – http://www.howsweeteats.com/2012/08/white-peach-cardamom-crumble/

If you fancy a change from the typical apple crumble this is well worth a try!

The sweet and sugary crumble topping worked so well with the unusual cardamom flavour.

I loved eating those flat, donut peaches but found myself with too many so made this!

Enjoy!

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Welcome to my blog!

Hello all and welcome to my first ever blog!

My name is Lisa, I’m 25 years old and live in Nottingham with my boyfriend Charlie and my cat Eric.

As the title of the blog suggests most of my posts will be on cats (mostly my own little friend) and my experiments in the cooking and baking world.

Cupcakes and cake pops are always my favourite things to make…but you can’t beat a good chocolate brownie!

I cook mostly for my friends and family whether they like to eat it or not! I want to share some of my own recipes plus some tried and tested favourites I have found along the way.

Looking forward to starting my blogging adventure!

Lisa x