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)
Fun colourful cupcakes with a surprise sweetie centre made using condensed milk.
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)
Gorgeous chewy flapjack with the added sweetness of condensed milk.
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)
Make these delicious lemon bars from an easy tray bake recipe.
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)
Go on! Overload with chocolate for Valentine’s Day!
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)
These melted snowman biscuits are a cute, easy festive bake.
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.
These brownie cupcakes are a colourful, easy Halloween bake
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)
Yummy cupcakes with salted caramel centres, decorated for a day at the beach with jelly baby sunbathers. Perfect for a summer party!
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)
That’s right: Cadbury creme eggs in chocolate cupcakes!
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!
Just three basic ingredients and a little chocolate make this yummy teatime treat.
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.