This last week Fork and Pixel turned one so to celebrate, I thought I would share my ‘signature bake’ chocolate and peanut butter creme cupcakes which I usually bake as a big 8″ cake for friends birthdays. The recipe is an amalgamation of a Reece’s chocolate cake recipe that is my favourite chocolate sponge as it’s not too rich or heavy and an adapted icing that I have changed over the years after stumbling across the original via blog SugarLaws.
Double the cake mixture to make two 8″ or 20cm round sandwich sponges, bases lined with parchment circles and bake in tight fitting pans (as the mix will leak otherwise) for 35-45 mins.
I struggle to get used to the shorter days at the best of times but now that the blog is up and running I’m having to be super organised to get things cooked/baked during daylight hours so I can photograph them in natural light. I really was spoilt over the summer and miss not being able to shoot my week day dinners so be warned there will probably be a lot of baked goods appearing over the winter months!
With Bonfire Night almost upon us, I thought I would share my favourite gingerbread recipe which was torn from an issue of Waitrose Food Illustrated many moons ago. These gingerbread cupcakes with lemon icing are light and airy rather than dense and sticky and so quick to make. They would also be great around Christmas time.
For non British readers, Bonfire Night is also known as Fireworks’ Night or Guy Fawkes’ Night. It’s a British tradition dating back to the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, when Catholic conspirator Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament and King James I.
The anniversary of Fawkes’ arrest on 5 November is celebrated each year with fireworks and bonfires.
Finally the sun is shining and it was my friend Helen’s birthday last week so that could mean only one thing….cocktail inspired cupcakes!
I visited Cuba two years ago and this idea was born whilst chatting to our tour guide Leoel. He came from a family of bakers and he was telling me about Cuban tradition of a massive tray bake sponge cake soaked in sugar syrup and iced to protect it from drying out the harsh sun as the bakers carried the trays on their shoulders selling squares of cake to passers-by on scraps of cardboard.
I asked him if there was a mojito flavoured cake and he said no. We sat in the sun and dreamt up with a light vanilla sponge soaked in a mojito reduction syrup topped with creamy rum and lime icing. I came back, researched and tested recipes and came up with this. A love child of a few mojito cake recipes which together fit the brief we set in Cuba. I like to think Leoel’s father is now selling a mojito cake similar to this.
You can also use a 20x30cm tray bake tin rather than individual cupcakes which I find feeds a BBQ crowd well. Bake for 20-30 minutes.