Coconut and lemon, Easter nest cupcakes…

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I realise I’m not the first person to create a cupcake like this but having seen pictures of something similar I wanted to try and recreate them myself! Every recipe I had seen called for shredded coconut to create the ‘straw’ of the nest. As far as I know this is slightly different to desiccated coconut and isn’t readily available in the UK so off I popped down the shops searching for an alternative! I finally settled on coconut flakes which I bought from Sainsburys. These pieces are larger than desiccated coconut but I was able to slice the large pieces into strips quite easily and mix them with the smaller pieces already in the packet!

 

The recipe I used made 12 large cupcakes but the mixture could easily be used to make smaller fairy cakes more suitable for kids!

 

Ingredients: Cakes

175g Soft Unsalted Butter

175g Caster Sugar

3 Medium Eggs, Lightly Beaten

175g Self Raising Flour, Sieved

1 tbsp Milk

1 Large Lemon

3 tsp Caster Sugar

 

Ingredients: Topping

75g Unsalted Butter

75g Cream Cheese

Icing Sugar

Coconut Flakes

Cadbury Mini Eggs

 

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 190C (Gas Mark 5 or fan 170C).

2. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases.

3. Cream the butter ad sugar in a bowl with either a wooden spoon or electric whisk until pale and creamy.IMG_4004

4. Gradually whisk in the eggs until just combined..

5. Add the flour and milk. Whisk with an electric hand whisk until combined and fluffy.

6. Add the zest of the lemon and 1 tbsp. of lemon juice. Keep the rest of the lemon to one side for the topping and syrup.

7. Divide the mix equally between the paper cases and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden and risen.IMG_4006

8. While the cakes are cooking, squeeze into a bowl the remaining juice of half the lemon and mix with 3 tsp of caster sugar. When the cakes are removed from the oven, prick the cakes all over with a toothpick and spoon a teaspoon of the syrup mix over each cake while they are still warm.

9. Leave the cakes to cool in the tin for five minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

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Topping Method

1. To create the topping, mix the butter and cream cheese together thoroughly. Gradually add icing sugar until the topping will hold in medium peaks. To flavour the topping add 2 tsp of lemon juice and 2 or 3 tsp of icing sugar to prevent it from becoming too runny.IMG_4010

2. To prepare the coconut, slice the large pieces into strips and mix with the smaller pieces from the packet. Place a small frying pan on a medium heat and add the coconut to the dry pan. Turn regularly until the coconut colours slightly and remove from the pan.

3. When the cakes have fully cooled either pipe the topping onto the cakes or spread it on with a knife. It doesn’t need to be too tidy as it will be covered with the coconut! Sprinkle the coconut around the edges of the cakes and finish with two mini eggs in the centre.

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Middle Eastern Meal!

Good things come to those who wait and I’m sorry I didn’t post this sooner but as I mentioned a few weeks ago I made a middle eastern meal for some friends of mine who came to stay! As with any good dinner party you need to spend time with your friends and not all your time in the kitchen so I tried to stick to things I could make in advance and used a combination of homemade dishes and ready made goodies! I made a Tabouleh salad myself and cooked halloumi and marinated chicken. I also made some homemade bab ganoush, an aubergine dip from Lebanon. You can easily recreate this feast at home using shop bought dips and salads. I also used a falafel mix that I bought from Waitrose. It made about 10 falafel for £1.10! I hope you like the images and if you want any information on the dishes just let me know!

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Middle Eastern Meal…

As I might have mentioned before I used to live in Oman in the Middle East for most of my life. Now I’m back in the UK I miss my friends from there so much! We now all live at different corners of the UK and it’s hard for us to meet up but this weekend we are doing just that and I’m planning on cooking a middle eastern feast for us all! I had a search on the internet for some inspirational ideas. This is what I came up with but I will be sure to share pictures of the food I actually make with you next week!

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Time for Tea…

Hi everyone! Sorry it’s been a while since I posted! I’ve been a little busy with a lot on my plate! On the plus side I’m off to Spain in two weeks so expect lots of photos of Tapas 🙂 Last week it was my Grandma’s 86th birthday and we had a surprise tea party for her so I thought I’d share a few pictures of it with you! Some things were bought some were home made but I’m most proud of the lemon drizzle celebration cake I made for her birthday! I hope you like it!

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Easter Bakes…

I love the colours of Easter, soft purple, sunshine yellow, bright green, they all look fabulous together! I’m planning on posting my first ever attempt at cake pops (Easter themed obviously!) next week so keep your eyes peeled! As Easter is just around the corner, here is a selection of my favourite Easter Bakes from around the web!

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Valentines Countdown…!

With the dreaded V-Day just around the corner here are a few of my favourite baking and foodie ideas to get you started for a Valentines feast! If in doubt add red food colouring and cover it in glitter, its always a winner 😉

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KFC Cookies = Mind Blown!

Seriously?!?! Seriously?!?! Cookies shaped like chicken drumsticks displayed in a KFC bucket?!?! I’m actually amazed this is insane. Insane and freaking amazing! I don’t know if I want to laugh or start baking them straight away…?

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