Citrus coconut cupcakes with raspberry swirl frosting.

This could be a bold statement, but I’m going to make it anyway….. These are the best cupcakes you will ever make!

I have been making these cupcakes for years and every time I make them they get the same reaction. People LOVE them. I am constantly being asked for the recipe and people seem to go a little bit crazy for them. I have taken these into work several times and my colleagues rave about them. Sadly though I can’t take all the credit for them. The recipe belongs to my friend, Sarah. Several years ago Sarah introduced me to the wonderful world of oil based cupcakes, and I must say, life has never been the same since. lol

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If you haven’t tried oil based cupcakes before, do yourself a favour and make these, or the Death by Chocolate cupcakes I posted several months ago for Easter. Over the last year or so I have made some butter based cupcakes (always willing to try new recipes) but they just aren’t the same. Having the butter as a base makes the cupcakes dry and crumbly. Oil based cupcakes are soft and moist (even after a day or two in the fridge) and have a wonderful texture to them. I must say I feel like a bit of a cupcakes snob now, once you go oil, there’s no going back.

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I would just like to take a moment to talk about how amazing the frosting on these cakes are. Cream cheese – yum. Raspberries – yum. Put them together – pure heaven. I have been known to double the frosting recipe to make sure I have more than enough to go on each cake, plus have some left over. When I made these a few months ago I ended up with a heap of left over frosting, not to worry, I went to my fridge and found some fresh strawberries and raspberries. I mixed these in with the left over  frosting  topped with a some grated dark chocolate and whipped up a super yummy dessert.

The important thing to remember about these cupcakes is that you need to make the batter the day before, or at least a few hours in advance. These cupcakes ended up taking me three days to make. Day 1, make batter. Day 2, bake cakes. Day 3 make frosting and decorate. They may require a little bit of effort and planning, but trust me, they are worth it.

Click here for the recipe.

I feel my photography is getting better, slowly. I still really want to get at tripod, I’ve done a little bit of research but still not really sure what to get,. I’m trying out different settings and set ups for my photos, some work, some don’t. It’s all about trial and error and learning as you go. So that’s what I’m doing. Then one day I’ll look into some editing software…..

Happy Baking 🙂

White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies

These cookies could quite possibly be my favourite cookie of all time! They are a little bit cookie a little bit shortbread and a whole lot of yum.

I have been making these cookies for several years now, however mainly at Christmas. I’ve made them for family, friends and work colleagues for last few years but only in December. I’m not sure why I only made them once a year, they’re so good and should be enjoyed all year round. I made these a few weeks ago and forgot how yum they are. I think I’ll be making them a few more times before the end of the year!

 

 

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I like to weigh my balls of dough to make sure that they are all the same size, I do this with my cupcakes too. It just helps to get a more even bake, if you have the time I would suggest doing the same.

The recipe is super easy, especially if you have stand mixer, I have my fabulous hot pink Kitchen Aid and it makes life so much easier. While your butter is creaming you can  be measuring and chopping the other ingredients.

Make sure you don’t skip the “chilling stage” make sure you have enough time to chill your dough in the fridge before putting your cookies in the oven!

 

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Click here for the recipe!

 

Happy Baking 🙂

Stranded: Famous People

Today I’m linking up with Shay and Erika for their Stranded series. I missed the first two but you can read my Stranded: Netflix post Stranded: Netflix here. It was actually my first ever link up and I loved it. I loved reading everyone’s posts everyone had so many great suggestions for TV shows, Gilmore Girls appeared to be the most popular, I’d say it appeared on about 80% of posts.

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I guess you could go two different ways with this, you could either pick three people who were going to keep you alive and safe while you were on the island, or you could go with famous people you really wanted to hang out with, alone, with no interruptions. I of course chose the latter,

BUT, If I were to pick three people to help keep me alive, I would definitely pick this guy…

David Attenborough. This guy knows everything you could possibly want to know about mammals, reptiles, birds etc He would know if something was trying to kill us or not. Important!

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And this guy…

Heston Blumenthal. Well we would need to eat. I’m sure he would be able to cook up something edible from what we have on the island.

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We would also need somewhere to live, and who better to build a shelter than this guy…

 

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Scott Cam. Aussie’s will know him as the host of The Block. He is a tradie and a builder, just who you need to build you a nice little shelter on your deserted island.

 

That’s one way of looking at it. Or here is another. 3 famous people who, like me probably have zero outdoor skills. But that’s ok.

Number one choice, hands down would have to be this dude….

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Hugh Jackman. *sigh* just look at him, isn’t he the most beautiful person you’ve ever seen. Who wouldn’t want to be stranded on a deserted island with this guy!! My love for Hugh has lasted decades, it started back in the 90s when he was singing musical theatre (Sunset Blvd and Beauty & the Beast) in Australia. Ours (mine) is a love that lasts a life time. He needs to be on that island with me 😛

 

Next up would have to be Dory herself, Ellen Degeneres. I think she is hilarious and also a wonderful and kind person. What she does for her viewers is amazing. She has given away so many holidays, cars, so much money. She makes people happy, she makes me happy.  I I think after being stuck on a deserted island for who knows how long, a little bit of happy will probably help stop me from completely losing my mind!

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My third choice may seem a bit random, but its not that random – especially if you know me. Mainly because I want to be a Princess when I grow up (that or C.J from The West Wing).

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.

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What I love about her, is that she grew up in Australia, you’re typical Aussie girl next door. Then, on an outing to the pub with friends, she met a Prince. Seriously she met a Prince in a PUB! They fell in love, got married had four children and one day will be Queen of Denmark!!! I need to sit down and chat with this girl!!

 

So that’s my extremely random mix of famous people I would love to be stranded on a deserted island with! Make of it what you will.

See you next time