These sunset coloured cupcakes are flavoured with layers of pineapple, coconut and orange and an awesome chance to use cocktail umbrellas!
After going overboard on sprinkles I ended up with (among others) a bag of mini meringues. With it being strawberry season, Eton Mess cupcakes seemed like a perfect use for them. These cupcakes have chunks of strawberries in and are filled and frosted with strawberry buttercream.
Magic cakes are a unique type of cake which form three distinct layers from one batter. They’re cooked at a lower temperature (150C/300F) which allows the layers to split out during baking. The base is a standard sponge, the middle forms a custard and the top is a Genoise sponge. These were studded with pistachios and had cherries on top, the with vanilla cream cheese frosting.
Independence day is a chance to indulge in oversized American desserts, and anything Smores themed are a great example. These chocolate cupcakes have a marshmallow filling, marshmallow frosting and are topped with cracker crumbs and mini marshmallows.
Nanaimo bars are a Canadian bar from the city of Nanaimo. They have a biscuit and walnut base, custard in the middle and chocolate on top. They’re a good ‘make-ahead’ dessert for Canada Day on July 1st and a change from the predictable maple syrup and pancakes.
These cookies have a chocolate and vanilla swirl for the solstice. They’re easy to make in advance then slice and bake when needed.
These mini loaves are a cross between a peanut butter cupcake and gingerbread. They have a strong caramel flavour with peanut and cranberry chunks. The frosting on top is a peanut butter frosting.
Muffins… not cupcakes. For the uninformed, muffins are (usually) bigger than cupcakes and don’t have frosting. Starbucks and other coffee shops try to sell muffins as health food, but really they’re as much of a dessert as any other cake.
These banana muffins have chunks of strawberry in and use whole wheat flour for extra flavour.
These peanut butter bars have crushed Oreos on top. They were good, but next time I’d use the recipe below (doubled from my attempt) and spread another layer of batter on top to sandwich the Oreos inside.