Recipe | Caramel cupcakes with caramel buttercream

Delicious caramel cupcakes with a swirl of caramel buttercream. A perfect sweet treat!

Sorry that all my recipes lately seem to start with, “So I made X and had Y ingredient left over so I made Z,” but I’m afraid this week it’s more of the same!

I made peanut butter and caramel fudge recently and had most of a tin of caramel left over. I searched for a cupcake recipe which included caramel in the mixture ingredients and found this one at Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen. It worked brilliantly and I was delighted with the delicious results!

Ingredients (makes 12-15 cupcakes)

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Recipe | Piñata cupcakes using condensed milk

Fun colourful cupcakes with a surprise sweetie centre made using condensed milk.

How to make Piñata pinata cupcakes recipe made using condensed milk and hidden sweeties and multicoloured icing

Recently I made flapjacks using a recipe which only required half a tin of condensed milk. I wondered if I could use up the rest of the tin by making cake. Unsurprisingly there are lots of condensed milk recipes on the Carnation website, where I got this recipe for piñata cupcakes.

The resulting sponge is light, fluffy and delicious. I’ll definitely be making these again!

Ingredients (makes 12 piñata cupcakes)

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Recipe | Flapjacks using condensed milk

Gorgeous chewy flapjack with the added sweetness of condensed milk.

Making flapjacks with condensed milk simple recipe uk

I suddenly wanted to bake something using condensed milk… not sure what prompted that! I haven’t made flapjacks for ages and wondered if there were flapjacks recipes out there featuring condensed milk. I found the one I used at The Pink Whisk.

Ingredients (makes 16-24 slices of flapjack)

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Recipe | Lemon bars, an easy tray bake

Make these delicious lemon bars from an easy tray bake recipe.

Lemon bars tray bake easy recipe uk

These lemon bars are lovely. The base is light and crumbly. The upper lemon layer separates on baking into a tangy lemon curd and a sweet meringue top.

I found the original recipe for these lemon bars at allrecipes. However I upped the amount of lemon juice and flour in the lemon layer and added lemon zest.

Ingredients (makes 16-20 lemon bars depending on how big you cut them)

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Recipe | Valentine’s oreo chocolate bark

Go on! Overload with chocolate for Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's oreo white and mint chocolate bark pink swirl easy uk recipe

You don’t really need a recipe to make chocolate bark because it’s as straightforward as you would expect. Melt chocolate, pour it out, sprinkle with the toppings of your choice, leave to set and that’s it!

I decided to put some oreo biscuit in the base of mine for flavour and a nice crunchy texture. I used Love Hearts, mini Haribo hearts and some heart-shaped sugar sprinkles for the topping, but you can use your favourites.

Ingredients (these quantities make a lot of chocolate bark! The pictures below will give you an idea of just how much. You could halve these amounts if you want to make a small batch)

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Recipe | Melted snowman Christmas biscuits

These melted snowman biscuits are a cute, easy festive bake.

Recipe melted snowman biscuits easy festive Christmas cookies uk baking with kids

I saw these cute snowmen biscuits on Hand Luggage Only. They’re really easy to make, so a great option if you’re short on time or if you’re baking festive treats with children.

I used my Christmas vanilla biscuit recipe which only uses 5 ingredients. Click on the link for the ingredients and instructions.

I used a large flower shaped cutter, but you could also use a large mug or glass to cut out round biscuits.

Melted snowman biscuits easy festive Christmas cookies uk

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Recipe | Halloween brownie cupcakes with orange and green sponge and buttercream swirl

These brownie cupcakes are a colourful, easy Halloween bake

Halloween brownie cupcakes with orange and green sponge easy Halloween baking recipe for kids UK with buttercream and sprinkles

While scouring the internet for Halloween baking inspiration, I came across the idea for these brownie and sponge cupcakes at two sisters. They manage to get a much stronger orange colour in their sponge – they must have better food colouring! I used my own recipes for the brownies and sponge and included a green variation.

Ingredients (these amounts will make 12 Halloween brownie cupcakes)

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Recipe | Salted caramel beach cupcakes

Yummy cupcakes with salted caramel centres, decorated for a day at the beach with jelly baby sunbathers. Perfect for a summer party!

Salted caramel and jelly baby sunbathers beach cupcakes uk recipe with cocktail umbrellas

I found this recipe for salted caramel cupcakes with cute jelly baby sunbathers and cocktail umbrellas in an issue of Sainsbury’s Magazine last summer and have been waiting to give it a try. I made a couple of changes to the original recipe which calls for cream cheese frosting, but if you’d like to look at it, it’s available online here.

Ingredients (makes 12-16 cupcakes)

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Recipe | Easter creme egg chocolate cupcakes

That’s right: Cadbury creme eggs in chocolate cupcakes!

Cadbury creme egg cream egg easter chocolate cupcake recipe easter baking simple uk

A friend of mine who absolutely adores Cadbury Creme Eggs sent me a link to a recipe video for these creme eggs cupcakes by Chef Club UK on Facebook. I took the hint!

The original recipe includes coffee, which I left out. I also added a little baking powder to guarantee a good rise. I put a few more steps in my method than the original. But please do check out the video if you think it will help you.

This is also an ideal recipe if you don’t have a stand mixer or electric hand mixer to help you.

Ingredients (makes 6 cupcakes – just double all quantities if you want to make 12)

Wait! There’s more. Click for the rest of the recipe and lovely pics!

Recipe | Chocolate-dipped coconut macaroons

Just three basic ingredients and a little chocolate make this yummy teatime treat.

Chocolate dipped coconut macaroon finished product uk recipe easy

Ingredients (makes 8 chocolate-dipped coconut macaroons)

I had one egg white to use up, so these are the quantities I used. If you want to make a larger batch of coconut macaroons, for each extra egg white increase the dry ingredients proportionally.

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