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Funfetti Cupcakes {Gluten Free}

Fluffy vanilla, gluten free cupcakes loaded with sprinkles, topped with my favourite whipped vanilla buttercream and even more sprinkles. These Funfetti Cupcakes are the perfect way to celebrate my (or your) birthday!

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Fluffy vanilla gluten free cupcakes loaded with sprinkles, topped with delicious whipped vanilla buttercream and even more sprinkles. These Funfetti Cupcakes are the perfect way to celebrate my (or your) birthday!

It’s my birthday!! Yay! Today I turn 21 *ahem* plus 10 years *ahem*! 

I was not particularly thrilled about turning 30 last year, but this last year turned out to be pretty awesome. I started a new job, some really awesome new people came into my life, I moved to a really gorgeous area of London, and I’ve baked some delicious treats and mixed some amazing cocktails. That’s a pretty good year by my books!

Fluffy vanilla gluten free cupcakes loaded with sprinkles, topped with delicious whipped vanilla buttercream and even more sprinkles. These Funfetti Cupcakes are the perfect way to celebrate my (or your) birthday!

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Amaretto Crunch Dessert Shots

Almond cake soaked in Amaretto liquor, layered with glazed Marcona almonds and vanilla mousse. My homemade version of one of my favourite Mini Indulgences from Seasons 52

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Amaretto Crunch Dessert Shots

It’s my birthday weekend, yay! Birthdays don’t really excite me, I’m not exactly “bah humbug” about them but they’re just not really a big deal for me, I don’t do much to celebrate these days. But I am excited about sharing a couple of birthday inspired recipes with you this weekend hence the yay! Tomorrow, on my actual birthday, I’ll be sharing my birthday cake. But today I have these Amaretto Crunch Dessert Shots. 

Amaretto Crunch Dessert Shots

 

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Whipped Vanilla Frosting

whipped vanilla frosting

Incredibly light and creamy whipped vanilla frosting, perfect on any cake!

whipped vanilla frosting

This frosting is so simple but the results are amazing! It’s no secret that I’m a great lover of swiss meringue buttercream, I prefer it to regular buttercream as it’s much less sweet. But oh, this frosting. It’s so sweet but so yummy, I can’t imagine any cake it wouldn’t go well with.

whipped vanilla frosting

I originally made this frosting to go with a cake I made for the company I work for’s 3rd birthday, which was back in February. I’ve been waiting to post this recipe until I had the perfect white vanilla cake for it to go with, however I’m still working on perfecting that and I can’t wait any longer to share this recipe! This whipped vanilla frosting recipe made even the slightly lacking vanilla giant number 3 cake I made taste like it was made by angels, and made the hours of putting M&Ms on a cake worth it!

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The secret to the lightness of this frosting is whipping the butter for several minutes, I whipped it for 10 minutes total. This turns it white and fluffy and makes it the perfect frosting base.

whipped vanilla frosting

If I didn’t know that was just butter I want to lick it off!

Then the remaining ingredients are whipped in for a few more minutes to create a wonderful creamy frosting that feels so light but tastes so good. Anybody who says vanilla is boring hasn’t been eating the right vanilla goods!

It’s fun to make a post for a recipe I made a few months ago as I can really see how much my photography has progressed in just a few short months! I wish I was able to remake this recipe to take better photos for the blog, but unfortunately my budget doesn’t allow me to make frosting just to take photos of it (especially since a trip to the vet this week put my cat on a very expensive diet!)

This frosting is the perfect accompaniment to any birthday cake or party treat, so it’s only fitting I am bringing this along to my first Fiesta Friday! I can’t wait! Thank you so much to Jhuls for inviting me!

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Ingredients:

  • 400g unsalted butter, at room temperature and cut into cubes
  • 500g icing sugar, sifted
  • 50ml milk
  • 1.5 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

Method

  • Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, whip the butter for 8-10 minutes on medium speed until pale and creamy
  • Add the remaining ingredients and whip on a low speed for a minute, then increase to medium and beat for 5 more minutes until very light and fluffy.

Notes

  • Best used right away
  • Makes enough frosting for a 2 layer 8″ round cake

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Happy Birthday to Me!

White Cloud Frosting

Yep, today is my birthday. I’m a little upset about creeping closer and closer to the big 3-0, but it’s nothing a little cake can’t fix!

White Cloud Frosting

That’s right, I did make my own birthday cupcakes, but that’s okay. Really it’s just an extra treat for me! These are some beautiful fudgy devil’s food cake cupcakes, but the recipe I’ll be sharing with you today is the devilishly sweet frosting on top. It’s called white cloud frosting and it tastes like marshmallow in frosting form! I won’t lie to you, I’m definitely more of a buttercream girl but this is still a yummy one! If you like your sweets teeth achingly sweet, this is definitely the one for you!

White Cloud Frosting

The sweetness of the frosting is a great compliment on the deeply chocolatey devil’s food cake too. Don’t worry, I will be posting the cake recipe tomorrow. Two posts in one weekend, I’m going wild I know! But tomorrow is Mother’s Day here in the UK and I will be making my mum a special devil’s food cake with fresh whipped cream for the occasion! So you won’t have to wait long if you want to pair these two beauties together like I did!

White Cloud Frosting

This frosting doesn’t contain any butter or icing sugar, it’s sweetened with syrup and of course the meringue like texture comes from whipped egg whites. Most recipes you find online will call for corn syrup, that’s not something we have much of in the UK so I used golden syrup. You could also use maple syrup or liquid glucose. I used liquid glucose in my first batch, which failed miserably because I have a really terrible stand mixer (if anybody wants to donate me a kitchenaid or other decent stand mixer, please feel free!!) I used up all my glucose in the first lot, so the second batch I used golden syrup. I was worried I would lose the bright white colour you want with this frosting, but while it was slightly golden at first it went white once it was finished!

White Cloud Frosting

It’s nice and quick to whip up too, especially compared to my fave – swiss meringue buttercream. You beat egg whites until foamy and then slowly add a little caster sugar, beating until soft peaks form. Then you boil the syrup and pour into the egg whites and beat until stiff peaks form. The heat of the syrup will cook the egg whites enough so you don’t have to worry about raw eggs in your frosting! Then just stir in vanilla and you’re done! This recipe makes enough to frost about 12 cupcakes, it doesn’t keep very well so you want to use it all up! Don’t be shy with that frosting!

White Cloud Frosting

Today I don’t think I’ll do much else but eat cake and drink some wine. I think I’ll cook up some black bean and kale burgers too! I’m getting boring in my old age, I know!

[recipe title=”White Cloud Frosting”]
Ingredients

  • 2 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup golden syrup
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract

Method

  • In a clean, dry bowl beat the egg whites and salt on a high speed until foamy. You’ll want to use a stand mixer if possible, but I used a hand mixer with my second batch and it works just fine (you just might get a bit of arm ache!)
  • While the mixer is running, slowly add the sugar. Beat until it forms soft peaks.
  • Put the syrup in a small saucepan and bring to the boil over a medium heat. Once its come to boil, remove from heat. While the mixer is running on high, slowly pour the syrup into the egg mixture (be careful, the last thing you want is boiling syrup on your skin – trust me!). Beat the mixture until stiff peaks form, this will take about 5 minutes.
  • Add the vanilla and stir to combine.
  • Use the frosting right away. Add sprinkles asap as a thin layer will form and your sprinkles won’t stick (and what’s a birthday cake without sprinkles?)

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Have a great day, I’ll see you all tomorrow!

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Cadbury Chocolate Fingers Birthday Cake!

Cadbury fingers make the best kind of birthday cake!

40th Birthday Cadbury Fingers Cake

 

A friend asked me to make a cake for her friend’s 40th birthday and after some discussion we decided on a cake covered with cadbury fingers. Naturally I was super excited to make it because I LOVE cadbury fingers. She also asked for it to be elegant, and what’s more elegant than roses am I right?! So with the party’s colour scheme in mind I set about creating this cake! It was actually a lot of fun to make and I’m really pleased with how it turned out

40th Birthday Cadbury Fingers Cake

That cake itself is vanilla, filled with fresh whipped cream and strawberry jam. It’s then covered with vanilla swiss meringue buttercream, surrounded by the all important cadbury fingers and decorated with fondant roses and flowers! I am sure you’ve seen similar designs many times before, it’s still one of my favourite ways to decorate a cake though! As soon as I can get my hands on a marble slab somehow, I will definitely make a similar cake with chocolate cigarellos. Cigarellos are no match to cadbury fingers in taste, but they definitely have a more dainty, elegant look!

40th Birthday Cupcakes

I also made 60 cupcakes to match, Nasa obviously has a lot more friends than I do! They were all vanilla cake with vanilla swiss meringue buttercream, then decorated to match the colour theme of course. The cupcake toppers were definitely a labour of lover, but they were fun to make and they turned out pretty much how I wanted them too which is always a bonus!

40th Birthday Cupcakes

40th Birthday Cadbury Fingers Cake

40th Birthday Cupcakes

As you may have noticed, this is another post without a recipe attached. I am sorry, I will get up the recipe for the ferrero rocher cupcakes soon, I just wanted to share this cake with you while I don’t have time to write up a recipe or do any baking (“don’t have time” in Michelle language normally translates to “don’t have the energy/am too sick”). I do have plans to bake some chocolate pudding cookies and macarons so maybe I’ll get those up soon too! In the meantime I do hope you enjoy these cakes even if the photos aren’t great!

 

 

Have a fab week y’all