Saturday, 7 April 2007

Easter Baking

Easter is here! Which means time off. Which means cooking! And finally finding time to bake. Yesterday, the first work-free day, we went to the coast at Tynemouth, walked along the seafront and had fish and chips. (I should admit here that I don't like fish and chips much. I can't bring myself to like batter - it dries my throat out. But Simon does, so it was his Good Friday treat.) Today the sun is shining again but it's cold; we're off to my parents for a couple of nights, but I managed some Easter baking this morning.

I have been wanting to try the Easter-style cupcakes in last month's Sainsburys magazine since I saw them on the cover. In fact, the maagzine gives two variations: one is carrot and sultana cupcakes with cream cheese frosting; the other is orange and coconut cupcakes with a chocolate and cream cheese frosting. I made the latter, because I like orange and coconut, but then didn't feel like the chocolate and cream cheese combination on top so I made my frosting just with cream cheese and icing sugar.
I won't give the recipe because everyone knows how to make cupcakes... These have light muscovado sugar, eggs, flour, milk, orange juice and zest, dessicated coconut, and cinnamon. The topping was simply cream cheese and icing sugar; where Sainburys topped theirs with little sugar flowers, I topped mine with mini eggs in keeping with the season.

The other baking I did was also from the same issue of Sainburys magazine (I promise I'm not on commission). This was just little Easter-shaped shortbread biscuits. Sainsburys suggested icing, but I don't like icing on biscuits and I did want to eat some of these, so mine are boringly plain (they taste good, though!).

Happy Easter!


Kelly-Jane said...

They both look so pretty! Just the thing for this weekend :) Hope you have a nice break.


pistachio said...

Your cupcakes look yummy and I love the little chick-shaped biscuits, so cute.

pi xxx

Freya and Paul said...

The cupcake and biscuits look so cute and yummy! Hope you had a fab easter!

Kathryn said...

Thanks all! Hope you had a good Easter too!

Kathryn x

rebeccac said...
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rebeccac said...

I remember making these cupcakes... they were delicious! Only problem is I've lost the recipe for them and have forgotton the quantities. Is there any chance you would be able to post it? Many thanks!

Claire said...

Rebeccac, I found your comment today as I'd lost my recipe too and decided to Google but have just found it (in wrong file!) so thought I'd post in case you were still after it.

Carrot and sultana cupcakes - Makes 20

150g butter
finely grated zest of an orange
175g light brown sugar
150g carrot finely grated
2 med eggs, lightly beaten
2 tbsp milk
110g sultanas
200g plain flour
1tsp cinnamon
2tsp baking powder

Frosting - 400g cream cheese
4tbsp icing sugar
20 sugar flowers to decorate

Preheat oven to 180/ 170

In large mixing bowl using an electric mixer whisk the butter, zest and sugar until fluffy. Stir in carrot, eggs and milk and sultanas. Mix in flour,cinnamon and baking powder. Divide into 20 cake cases and bake for18-20 minutes, swapping trays over halfway through. Leave to cool.

Mix cream cheese with icing sugar and spread on each cake then top with a sugar flower.