This was the first time I experimented with completely new recipes, and apart from the caramel I was rather pleased with the results!
The strawberry cheesecake cupcakes were a huge hit- and remain a favourite! They’re a “plain” cake base, filled with a little sweetened cream cheese and a whole strawberry, decorated with cream cheese icing. Mouth watering!
The other recipe I tried was a type of miniature apple tart in a cup! They were topped with glazed apple slivers and a home made caramel sauce. They weren’t perfect (according to the recipe) but they were rather tasty.
Shortly after Christmas we were on holiday in the Cape and staying with my boyfriend’s brother in Plumstead. I had promised him I would bake cupcakes for him while we were there, so on New Year’s day I baked red velvet cupcakes for Louis. He has a fabulous kitchen and oven so it was a pleasure to bake for him.
I decorated them with white butter icing and party themed sprinkles- stars and coloured vermicelli.
Christmas day was celebrated at our house, so another batch of cupcakes were definitely in order! I baked a batch of vanilla cupcakes, and decorated them with what was supposed to be a red butter icing, but I didn’t add enough colouring.
I sprinkled them with Christmas themed sprinkles from Nicoletta- little Santas, snowflakes and Christmas trees, and added silver dragees for sparkle.
I did confuse people a little though, because I pulled the paper cups off before I served them to my guests!
I couldn’t possibly have a birthday party without cupcakes, and since I was expecting too many guests, I decided to bake two different batches of cupcakes.
The first batch I did was a peanut butter cupcake! It was absolutely divine! Instead of icing them, I put a swirl of caramel on top with some silver dragees for decoration.
For the other batch I baked the strawberry cupcakes again- I do love this recipe- and decorated them with a two-tone pink and white butter icing and a strawberry flavoured jelly sweet on top of the icing.
These are strawberry cupcakes- a vanilla base with fresh strawberry pulp baked in.
I iced them with white and pale green coloured cream cheese icing, coloured dragees, heart and star shaped sprinkles, and then using a tube of metallic blue icing made specially for writing with- I added a zig-zag line to look like tinsel.
The sprinkles, dragees and the icing writing tube are all from Nicoletta. Currently, this is the biggest and in my opinion the nicest range of cake decorating goodies that are easily available in supermarkets!