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Simple Cupcake Recipe with Easy Buttercream Icing

| July 19, 2013 | 8 Comments
Simple Cupcake Recipe with Easy Buttercream Icing


I have been waiting to test out my new toy…a white classic  Kitchen Aid for a couple of weeks now. I’ve just not felt in the mood to bake, in this hot weather. I think BBQ’s and salad should be my middle name at the moment! ;)

But I was sent a lovely gift of a cupcake stand and two aprons and a few cake decorating bits and pieces by the fab lifestyle website – Good To Know. Good To Know have some great articles and recipes on the site including a bake sale guide that you might like to read.

So Miss A and I (now suitably dressed) tested out our usual cupcake recipe, to see if it worked just as well with the new Kitchen Aid.

Making Cupcakes

Simple Cupcake Recipe (makes  24 small cupcakes)

You will need:

  • 250g (8oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 250g (8oz) caster sugar
  • 250g (8oz) self-raising flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • 2 x 12-hole muffin tins, lined with paper cases


Set the oven to 180°C or Gas Mark 5.

  • Put the VERY soft butter into a bowl, it soon softened up in the heat yesterday, but beat it in the bowl (we used the flat beater – Kitchen Aid) to soften, if you don’t have the time to wait, or have these usually warm conditions.
  • Add the caster sugar and cream the mixture together – see photograph above.  Then add the  flour, salt, eggs and milk and whisk until the mixture is smooth.
  • This mixture should then be divided between the 24 cupcake cases.
  • Place both muffin tins in the oven and bake for 15/18 minutes
  • Remove the cupcakes from the oven.
  • Leave the cupcakes to cool in the tins for a few minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack, or plates to cool.

Variations :

Lemon: Add finely zested rind of 2 lemons to the mixture. Also add 4/6  tablespoons of lemon juice in place of the milk in the above recipe, depending on how lemony you like it.

Chocolate: Use 2 level tablespoons less flour, and add 2 level tablespoons cocoa – I prefer Green & Blacks for this method.

Coffee: Use 2 tablespoons of instant coffee, which has been dissolved in 4 tablespoons hot water.  Again this replaces the milk in the above recipe.




Easy Buttercream Icing:

This is very simple, the key is to get it to the correct consistency I think. Though my piping skills are not great, it tasted peftectly delicious, and both Miss A and N were able to pipe the buttercream on the cakes easily too.

You need :

1/2  a pack of butter 125g (very, very soft)

500g icing sugar

milk (5 tablespoons)

Optional (colouring, or flavouring)

This is just put all together in a bowl, and beaten together (I used the flat beater on the Kitchen Aid again) .  Really simple, but just keep in mind that the consistency should enable you pipe the buttercream easily.  If it is too stiff, add a little more milk, but not too much.

So here are the results:



I love the ladybird one that Miss A made, at the very top.


Miss N made all of the ones with the heart sprinkles….I was very impressed!



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Disclaimer : I was sent 2 x aprons, chefs hat, cupcake cases, piping bags, butterflies and ladybirds for decoration and a silver cupcake stand as a gift from Good to Know.  I did not receive any financial reward for this post.  Though it was very rewarding using my new toy! ;)

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Cooking with Grapefruit : Florida Grapefruit and Pecan Muffins

| April 16, 2013 | 2 Comments
Cooking with Grapefruit : Florida Grapefruit and Pecan Muffins

grapefruit Recipes

I have been given a series of fantastic recipes to try out on the blog, which all involve cooking with Florida grapefruits.  I’ve never cooked with grapefruit before, so I was definitely up for the challenge.

Each of the recipes have been created by celebrity chef Lisa Faulkner, and I have permission to publish the recipes in full on the Ana Mum Diary blog.

First up, is a recipe for muffins, I have been provided with an image of what they should look like, so I’ve had fun with my new camera taking photographs of the muffins we have made.

 grapefruit Muffins


Florida Grapefruit and Pecan Muffins



1 grapefruit only use the zest and flesh
120g muscovado sugar (I used light)
2 eggs
125ml fresh orange juice (I used grapefruit juice instead)
250g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarb
50g chopped pecans
100ml melted butter

Bake for 20-25 minutes
Preheat the oven to 200c



  1. Preheat the oven.
  2. Take off the top and bottom of the Florida grapefruit so that it sits flat, then cut into 4, remove the pips and roughly chop including the skin
  3. Place the chopped Florida grapefruit and sugar into a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add the egg, orange juice and melted butter and combine
  4. Sieve all the dry ingredients apart from the pecans into a bowl, mix in the orange mixture and fold through the nuts until the mixture is just combined. Try not to over mix
  5. Pour into 12 muffin cases in muffin tins and bake for approx. 20-25mins

grapefruit and pecan muffin

They are very delicious, perfect for a weekend brunch, fresh and citrus tasting, and very simple to make.  If you look closely you can see the steam as it was fresh out of the oven.

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Easy Twice Baked Potatoes

| January 8, 2013 | 3 Comments
Easy Twice Baked Potatoes

twice baked potato simple suppersLast weekend I made these twice baked potatoes for dinner and they were so delicious I had to share.  They were basically using up bits and bobs I had left in the fridge, so no need buy anything, and are so easily adapted to what you have left. Continue Reading