Homemade Jaffa Cakes (for the 11 year old’s Birthday)

Jaffa cakes, homemadeIt can be a pain in one’s well-padded tuchus if one loves British sweets, chocolate and biscuits, but doesn’t currently live in the UK or its ex-territories. Yup, the former colonies got the short end of the chocolate finger here, for those Brits came, they conquered, they built the train lines, they took the jewels, the Jaffa cake and the curry, and left those behind with royally sweet teeth. (more…)


February 7, 2013. Tags: , . Baked Goods, British, Cakes, Cookies, Cupcakes, Kids. 2 comments.

Cupcake and Cake Gallery III

A slideshow of my cakes and cupcakes. Enjoy!

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January 20, 2013. Tags: , . Baked Goods, Birthdays, British, Cakes, Cupcakes, Desserts. 2 comments.

A Spring Birthday!

I like to think of my child-rearing method now as carrot and stick. As in carrot cake and carrot stick. I’m not averse to cake, as you can tell by my well-fed Baked Goods label. But I am averse to anti-cupcake Nazi-types, who only fuel my desire to cheer the pro-life (pro-cake) population by regular and prolific baking. (more…)

May 12, 2011. Tags: , . Baked Goods, Cakes, Cupcakes, Festive, Stories, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Fall Harvest Goodies: Pumpkin Cupcakes

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A dozen of these cupcakes were casually carted off to a friend’s house last night as dessert for six kiddies, and another near-dozen vanished straight down the cake holes of immediate family members and sleepover pals, before I fully appreciated their appeal. So, here’s the recipe for these moist and luscious babies.

Those of you who enjoy amassing your pumpkin puree via slaving over a stove (ie. cubing and baking the squash, then whizzing in a food processor) may do so. Without sacrificing much in taste, those of you who struggle to find a minute to yourselves may enjoy my preferred puree-obtaining method for baking – via can opener!

After nearly hacking off a finger for the second year in a row, you may as well enjoy our Halloween squash handiwork too 🙂


November 8, 2010. Tags: , , , , . American, Autumn, Baked Goods, Cakes, Cultural Feasts, Cupcakes, Festive. 3 comments.

Lemon Sunshine Cupcake Minis

It’s miserable outside. Grim, grey, gloomy, garbage. We’ve had a couple of days of this already, topped off on Friday with a poorly child  (he woke up sounding like a grumpy rhinoceros with pneumonia, but, from the second I told him he had to stay home, ne’er a sniffle was heard). He still looked awful, pretty hard for him from a doting mother’s point of view, and it was the sole clue of his true health.


March 14, 2010. Baked Goods, Breakfast, Cakes, Cupcakes, Spring, Uncategorized. 12 comments.

Birthday Cupcake Gallery

My younger son’s birthday and party came and went over the weekend, thankfully without too much drama. He wanted cupcakes and he got cupcakes. A whole load of them. Hope you have as much fun in the seeing as he and his mates did in the eating of them!

February 10, 2010. Tags: , . Baked Goods, Cakes, Cupcakes, Desserts, Festive. Leave a comment.

Cupcake Calamity in Car

I baked a dozen cupcakes to take along to my younger son’s school today for his birthday on Saturday. I’m afraid I’m one of those awful parents who insists on bringing cupcakes to school! I wonder if the fact that they’re lovingly homemade, with wholegrain flour and the best ingredients (and no nuts), makes a difference. No matter. He wanted cupcakes for his mates and I obliged.

The ones you see here are just the rehearsal lot (later eaten by his classmates). There are more I’ll frost for his party tomorrow.

Anyway, as I had swirled the frosting too high on the cupcakes, I couldn’t use my 24-cupcake carrier as it was, but had to remove the second storey to allow headroom for the little gateaux. With those 12, and another dozen in a separate container, I piled the kids into the car and set off. (more…)

February 5, 2010. Tags: . Baked Goods, Cakes, Cupcakes, Kids Cuisine. 9 comments.

A Ghastly To-Do List. And Halloween Cupcakes To Die For


The to-do list went on and on, even as a sense of foreboding and doubt built, as if it were The Ten Commandments. Only it outnumbered them: (more…)

October 31, 2009. Tags: . Baked Goods, Cakes, Cupcakes, Festive, Halloween. 3 comments.

Cinnamon Cupcakes

These are immensely popular with adults and kids alike. I thought I’d throw the cinnamon in instead of vanilla, betting confidently that this would keep the kids at bay. But no such luck.
Make them mini bite-size cupcakes and even the ladies on permanent diets will reach for seconds, even as they protest (feebly).

October 10, 2009. Tags: . Baked Goods, Cakes, Cupcakes, Desserts, Kids Cuisine. 4 comments.

Birthday Cupcakes II – Frosting and Gallery

My son insisted that I present a choice of frosting for his classmates – apparently the vanilla lovers among his friends don’t care for chocolate and vice versa. Sigh. Fast forward several hours and this is the result. Good job his mummy loves baking!

Vanilla icing:

  • butter, 1 stick, room temperature
  • icing sugar, 3-4 cups
  • whipping cream, 1/4 cup
  • vanilla, 1 tsp
  • salt, pinch

Chocolate icing:

  • butter, 1 stick, room temperature
  • dark chocolate, 6 oz
  • whipping cream, a few tablespoons
  • vanilla, 1 1/2 tsp
  • icing sugar, 3 cups
  1. Cream all the ingredients together
  2. Frost as desired

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February 7, 2009. Tags: . Baked Goods, Cakes, Cupcakes, Kids Cuisine. 1 comment.

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