Saturday, 31 August 2013

Yummy Vanilla Cupcakes

On a Baking mission I decided to make Vanilla Cupcakes the following morning so I took the butter out from the fridge to be left out overnight so it would be at room temperature in the morning. So today I was up and ready to make my cupcakes. I took out the things needed and washed some of them before using as they have been sitting in the cupboard unused for a while and didn't fancy having added dust to my cupcakes....yuk! Then I looked out the ingredients.

It has been two years ago since I last baked (a Christmas Cake) and my arms not being used to that, did ache after creaming the butter and sugar together so if my arms don't get used to this kind of exercise I think a Kitchenaid Mixer might be on this year's Christmas List. After baking them and letting them cool, I decided to decorate them. I didn't have enough butter to make buttercream icing so I decided just to use a Glacé instead. I then remembered that I threw out my cake sprinkles when I tidied out my cupboard as they were out of date so I then had to go out and buy some more! I have included the recipe below if you are interested in making them.

110g butter (you could use margarine if you prefer) softened at room temperature
110g caster sugar
2 free range eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
110g self raising flour
2 tbsp milk

To Make:
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases.
Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale. Pour in the eggs a little at a time and stir in the vanilla extract.
Fold in the flour adding a little milk until the mixture is of a dropping consistency. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until they are half full.
Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown on top and a skewer inserted into one of the cakes comes out clean. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack.

They are then ready to ice and decorate as you wish. Once decorated, make a cup of tea and eat one.

Iced Vanilla Cupcakes


Marshmallow Top Hats

Last night I decided to make some marshmallow Top Hats, you may remember them from your childhood. I remember buying them in bags from the School's Bring and Buy Sale many, many years ago. These are also one of Mr M's favourite things and has been asking me for ages to make him some.

Last week I bought a packet of marshmallows and smarties (I already had the chocolate at home) to make them but unfortunately, the bag of marshmallows got open accidentally and I ate them.....all! So this week feeling determined that I would make them I bought more, in fact I bought two packets just in case of anymore "accidents". If you are feeling nostalgic I have included the recipe to make them so you too can enjoy these retro treats.

Marshmallow Top Hats

1 Bag of Marshmallows
1 Tube of Smarties
1 Bar of Chocolate
Petit Four Cases

To Make:

Boil kettle then pour the boiling water into a pan, then put a heatproof bowl over the top of the pan ensuring it doesn't touch the water. Break up the chocolate into small pieces (you could use chocolate chips to save you doing this) and melt. Once the chocolate is melted spoon a little into the cases and then stick your marshmallows into the chocolate cases. Dab some chocolate onto the top of the marshmallow and then stick a Smartie on the top of each one. Place in the fridge until the chocolate sets. Eat and enjoy!

I used dark chocolate for this recipe (it was the only chocolate I had in) and I found it too strong a taste, I would recommend using milk chocolate.

Retro Sweets


Wednesday, 28 August 2013

First Post

Hello! Welcome to my blog. I have decided to make a blog on my journey from an Undomestic Goddess to a Domestic Goddess. Now being extremely tidy doesn't come naturally to me and I can put something down somewhere which then seems to magnetically attract more junk of my belongings. Then when I go looking for what I left in the pile as I need it now and I am in a such a rush.......I find that the pile has disappeared. Where has it gone?! Has a very nice person put the things tidily into their rightful place? Or could it be the cleaning fairies? No!! It is Mr M who has moved it and then I spend ages looking to see which cupboard/drawer he has stuffed it into.

So I have decided to take drastic action and attempt to turn myself into one of these American Housewives that I spend my time reading their blogs and watching their videos on youtube. I am in awe of them with their mahoosive houses that are immaculate and well organised, their projects that they come up with and their baking/culinary skills. So Week One of the transition to Domestic Goddess starts today in my Kitchen and my aim is:

to clean out and declutter my drawers/cupboards

organise my food cupboard and make a list of what I have so I can stop buying duplicates of things

clean my oven (as a sticky honey sauce leaked all over the glass door and is now smeared across it after my attempt of cleaning up

clean worktops and remove anything that I don't use often

re-paint the kitchen (Mr M's job)

Please feel free to join me on my journey in becoming a Domestic Goddess and if you have any tips you wish to share they are most welcome. I will update next week with how I got on and share some photos too.

See you next week


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