Vegan cupcakes + icing | recipe

This recipe is seriously the best cupcake and icing recipe I have ever tried. Any words I use will not do it justice. 
It’s so fluffy and light. It’s better than any non-vegan cupcake I’ve ever tried. If you aren’t vegan I highly recommend you try it too; there are no weird ingredients in it and it has honestly produced the best cupcakes I’ve ever eaten. 
I took some into work to test it on my colleagues and they all loved it and said it was the best cupcake they’d ever eaten.
So without further ado, here’s the recipe
In the interest of complete honesty, I made the cupcakes vegan but the icing wasn’t as we only have normal butter and the icing still tastes delicious. 
I’m not going to post the recipe here but there are a couple of things I’d like to mention about it to make it easier for you. 
– the little ‘t’ means teaspoon and capital ‘T’ means tablespoon.
– the recipe says 365 which is Fahrenheit, for those of us using Celcius it’s 185C. 
– this recipe produced nine cupcakes in muffin cases 
– half a cup of melted butter = 2/3rds block of butter 
This recipe uses cups instead of weight but you can pick up a measuring cup from most supermarkets so they aren’t hard to find. Alternatively you could use a mug but you might not get the same quantity of mixture but it should still work. 
This is a fantastic recipe and it will probably replace my non-vegan recipe and I know I will definitely use the icing recipe instead of any other. 

Eat: Churros with Chocolate Sauce

Homemade Churros and Chocolate Sauce

I first discovered churros on holiday in Tunisia a few years ago and fell in love with them at first bite. 

Like baked alaska, churros were another delicious thing which was added to my ‘to make’ pile but was always pushed to the bottom because I thought they’d be hard to make.

A couple of weeks ago I was telling my Nan about churros and later that evening I came across this recipe on Pinterest.

I was surprised at how easy they looked to make and after making a tasty mountain of churros I can confirm they are very easy to make.

The recipe is delicious, I can just taste them again thinking about it and the cinnamon and sugar frosting just reminds me of Christmas.

homemade churros

Towards the end when you’re frying the churros, drying them, dusting them and making the chocolate sauce I’d recommend asking for someone to help you because I imagine it would get a bit chaotic on your own.

The recipe says it serves six people and while the four of us had no issue polishing off all the churros, half the chocolate sauce was left over. So in future I would only use half the quantities for the chocolate sauce otherwise it’s going to end up going to waste.

All in all, a really simple and delicious recipe. Better yet, it’s very cheap especially if you buy cheap chocolate. We used Aldi chocolate which costs pennies, I don’t see the point in buying Cadbury’s if I’m going to melt it down for sauce, it’s just a waste of money.

churros and chocolate sauce
Thought I’d try and be artistic.

Would I make churros again? Absolutely, though I will definitely get a bigger star shaped piping nozzle so we can make bigger ones next time.


Eat: Baked Alaska

baked alaska

Baked Alaska has been on my to make list for a couple of years now but I’ve always been put off making it as I felt quite daunted by it, thinking it must be impossible to create. 

Last week I stumbled across an easy baked alaska recipe an was pleasantly surprised at how easy it looked.

I was even more surprised at how easy it was to make, though there were a couple of issues that I perhaps should have thought of before.

For starters, I bought a huge flan when there were only four of us without realising that it would need to be eaten in one go otherwise the ice cream would melt.

This resulted in us all eating a quarter each and feeling rather full afterwards.

I also stupidly started making the baked alaska before dinner had even been put in the oven. Thankfully before I’d started making the meringue or scooping out the ice cream, my fiancé pointed out that by the time we’d eaten dinner the ice cream would have melted.

Baked Alaska

The end result was incredibly tasty and I shall certainly be making it again. Of course next time, I will not start making it before dinner and will definitely by a smaller flan for just the four of us.

Have you ever made Baked Alaska?