02 Apr

Simnel Cupcakes

Apparently simnel cake is traditionally eaten on Mothering Sunday. I have to say I never remember eating simnel cake then, but it always featured on our Easter table as I was growing up.

Technically simnel cake is a similar mixture to a Christmas cake, and has some of the same flavours. However unlike Christmas cake, you won’t find any sickly sweet white icing (be it fondant or royal), and the almond paste is baked into the cake, with a thin layer on top that’s caramelised under the grill before serving.Simnel Cupcakes - Easter Recipe - Easter Cupcakes - Caitriona Redmond

The thing is though, simnel cake is beautiful but a flipping heavy cake to make. It is prone to collapsing in the middle it’s so heavy. I’m cheating with these simnel cupcakes because they are so darn easy to make, bake, and then even freeze if you want to. I have cheated twice I’m afraid (sorry), because I used some ready-to-roll marzipan to make life even easier on myself. Read More

27 May

Simple Cupcakes

I’ve lost count of the amount of times that I’m asked do I provide a catering service.  It’s lovely to have such a vote of confidence but I only bake and cook for ourselves, and occasionally my simple cupcakes for special events like the launch of the allotments.

Last week a friend lamented that she can never make decent cupcakes at home, that they’re too time-consuming and that she hates standing over a mixer to make sure she gets a good result. At the same time she told me of a commercial bakery that had sold her cupcakes for a recent party that came nowhere near good quality. Maybe I have family and friends a little spoiled from my baking! Read More

26 Feb

Baby Shower Cupcakes

Technically these were virtual baby shower cupcakes as the Irish Parenting Bloggers Group celebrated the arrival of a new baby to their midst, and in great anticipation of another who was baking away. Read More

07 Dec

Hungover Christmas Cupcakes

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Last weekend was the weekend when I normally make my Christmas Cake and I started to make it (promise) but on Sunday morning a little tomfoolery happened and I ended up with some hungover cupcakes.

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17 Aug

Lemon Yoghurt Cupcake

All cupcakes are not created equally. More of a lemon pound-cake texture than a light cupcake the tangy lemon curd cuts through the lemon yoghurt cupcake and my simple frosting adds a sweet finish

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01 May

After 8 Cupcakes

We all need a showstopping piece to bring along to a party or celebration. I make these cupcakes once a month or so. They were the centrepiece at a confirmation last year, an 80th Birthday Party and a 50th Birthday Party. I love making these cupcakes as they are so moist and travel well.
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