Sunday, 16 October 2011

the cherry on top




Baking is such a simple pleasure of mine, but it has been far too long since I baked some sweet delights. Over the past few weeks I have been consumed by The Great British Bake Off with utmost glee and hungriness, and it made me determined to done my Cath Kidston apron again and get back into the kitchen. Mary Berry is pretty much my baking idol - she makes everything look so delectable, with the gentleness of touches, and seems to just love the comfort of home baking. Her elegant Battenburg looks like a dream.
Rob, knowing my adoration for Mary Berry and all things sweet and baked, bought me the 'How to Bake' book, which I have pretty much embraced as my baking bible. It has all the recipes featured on the shows, some simple, others a tad more technical. I have devoured it from cover to cover and wanted to give one of the recipes a go today.
I therefore present you with my Cherry Bakewell Cupcakes.

Ingredients: (makes 12)
150g unsalted butter, 150g caster sugar, 100g self-raising flour
3 eggs, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 60g ground almonds
1 tablespoon milk, raspberry jam
250g icing sugar, lemon juice, glacé cherries
Preheat oven to 190c/375f/gas mark 5

Firstly make sure you butter is nice and soft and then beat it in the food mixer until it is fluffy and creamy. Next add in the sugar, flour, baking powder, ground almonds, milk and eggs and combine together until you have a light, smooth mixture.
Place your cupcake cases in the baking tray and evenly divide the mixture between them, smoothing the mixture flat with your fingertip. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and firm to the touch. You can test your cupcakes are baked completely by skewing the middle. The skewer will come out clean once the cakes are done.

Let your cupcakes cool completely and then take an apple corer and gently remove the middle of the cakes, about two-thirds of the way down. The soft sponge centres make a perfect appetiser whilst you finish off making your cupcakes! 


Take 4 tablespoons or so of the jam and stir it separately in a bowl. This will make the mixture looser so it runs sweetly into the holes. Use a teaspoon to fill the centres up almost to the top, but be careful not to overfill them otherwise the jam will mix in with the icing.

To make up the icing, sift the icing sugar into a bowl and add the lemon juice to make a thick, yet spoonable consistency. You could forego the lemon and just make the icing plain by adding small measures of water until the desired thickness is reached. Dollop the icing into the centre of the cupcakes and gently ease the mixture to the sides until the whole surface is coated. Let the icing harden for a few minutes before popping on the crowning jewel, the glacé cherry.




And there we have it, a perfect Sunday afternoon treat; quick, easy yet wonderfully indulgent.

Just as a little side note, it is the final few hours to place your votes in the Cosmo Blog Awards. I am honoured to be nominated in the Established Beauty Blog category. If you did wish to vote for Pearls & Poodles then you can just click here, enter your email address and then go to the Established Beauty Blog category. That's where you'll find me. 
Thank you to anyone who does vote for me, but as cliched as it may sound, I am just chuffed to be nominated and nestled amongst many other super duper blogs. The results are going to be announced at an evening do in London on October 26th, so I had better find me a dapper dress for the occasion.
x

41 comments:

Nicole Leanne said...

They look sooo yummy!!! x

Jo said...

One word... YUM! x

maxinecassidy said...

milly, you are amazing!! feeling so inspired to go and bake now! xx

Bea said...

I love these. Millie you're so talented. It's weird because I hate jam but these look delicious.
x

Charlotte said...

I really want to go and make these now, they look delish! xx

Katy said...

these look great! Love how the icing reaches the edges of the case perfectly, definitely something I couldn't do! :) xx

Chantelle Thomas said...

I can't believe how neat you've done each one.If that was me there would be icing dripping down the side of the case :)

Dragon Mommy said...

Omg they look so nice, mmmm.

Holli x
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Kate said...

Ah, your photos make this look so simple to do!
Might have a go at this next weekend! x
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LilyLipstick said...

These look so yummy! And your photos of them are just perfect. x

DaintyMakeup said...

these look soo scrumptious, i havent baked in a while actually.. i may try out your recipe this week ;) x

Hair and Beautylicious said...

I think I have been oogling this blog post for the past 20mins - they seriously do look delicious - yum :).

Thanks for blogging :)

Zoe said...

they looks so yummy!
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xo

PennyLaneLover said...

They look deeelish! Yum! x

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Krissy ~ said...

the cupocakes look divine!
Krissy xoxo

suzy said...

Wow, they look soooo delicious! xx

♥PINK DOLLY♥ said...

WOW they look really good!

Temporary:Secretary said...

These look so good! I like cakes like this where there isn't a mountain of butter cream on the top. I think I've gone off butter cream!!! I need to start making cake with good old traditional icing - i'm going to get the boyf to bake me this. He can't bake, like!! but i'm going to his house next week for a little break from work, and i'm going to show him this recipe of yours and we'll see how the cakes turn out!! (probably no where near as neat as yours) xxxx

Sia said...

They look yummy! XOXO

Aysh said...

Ooooooh YUM! They look fantastic Milly & I'm sure they taste just as good! :)

Love Aysh xoxo

Gem said...

oh wow they look soo good! xx

coffee and cinnamon said...

They look great!
I watched The Great British Bake Off religiously! The photos look really good!
xxx

Honor said...

These cakes look amazing, I love GBBO! X

Ashleigh said...

They look so yummy!

Shannon said...

These look so yummy! I will have to try and make these, but let's just say baking is one of those skills i just don't have haha :) xx

Victoria'sProcrastinationProject said...

Oh wow!! I didn't know they did a book for the Great British Bake Off - definitely need to get my hands on this! Your cooking looks great :)

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Sd said...

yummy!!



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Vivianna said...

Another one to print out for my Mum ;) xx

MissMathful said...

these look amazing :D, i have mary berrys baking bible and it is amazing :D

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p e b b z said...

wow these look amazing!!

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Kim Parslow said...

These look so yummy! I think I might try them on my day off :) Didn't think to do cherry bakewells before, and I love them so much.

You get your cakes so flat...mine always seem to rise into a bit of mountain?! haha.

xx

Carol said...

You have a talent - they look incredible! I think everyone loved that show, I was hooked and pretty sure I can't bake to save my life;)

Caz x
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Lauren said...

These look so delicious! xx

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Stefany said...

They look so delicious! xx

Southern Elle said...

Pretty and so delicious looking. I WANT!

Frambooo said...

I'd never thought of using an apple corer for things like that, I'm definitely going to try that pronto! Not only do they look amazing from the outside, but really cute once you bite into them. xoxo

MrAJBx3 said...

OMG YUM!!! :O i need some hehe
ill eat them all!! :O hehe


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Mademoiselle Lala said...

I'm not gonna be original: YUMMY! X

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Caroline said...

These look amazing, I'm definitely going to give them a go! x

Suzanne said...

MM your blog always makes my hungry! Think I will be calling into the supermarket on my way home from work to get some baking ingredients. These look DELICIOUS x

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Esther L♡nNYParisMilan said...

Mmh yum! xo

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