“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
"Winter is dead.”
~AA Milne, when we were very young
NOTE: I am away at the moment helping my mother with her treatment for lung cancer. I have set up a few posts to post whilst I am away as a special surprise. Some are new and some are reposts of old favourites that you may have forgotten, or if you are a new reader may not even have seen. I'll be back at the end of May, but in the meantime . . . Enjoy!
PS - I will only have sporadic internet use, so if you ask a question and I don't get back to you . . . it's not that I don't want to. It just may take me a while.
Saturday, 20 August 2011
We had a Birthday Dinner here for a good friend of ours yesterday. I love Birthday's and celebrating them. It's always a good excuse to bake a cake, or even better . . . cupcakes!!
Who doesn't love cupcakes???? A tasty little cake, ALL for you! What could be any better than that??
Especially when they are Lemon and Poppyseed Cupcakes, all moist and lemony and topped with a delicious buttery lemon icing and some tasty candy lemon slices!!! Wowsa Wowsa!!!
These are fabulous. I adapted the recipe from one I found on the BBC GoodFood site. (That's a great site by the way. I love BBC GoodFood, the site . . . the magazine . . . and all of their cookbooks.)
If you are looking for a great cupcake, which is delicious . . . buttery, and with a bit of texture, then I highly recommend these! They were very scrummy indeed! They got High Fives all the way around the table!
*Lemon and Poppyseed Cupcakes*
There is something that is quintessentially delicious about combining lemon and poppyseeds! I'm not sure what it is. I only know it works. Toast the poppyseeds for even more flavour!
225g self raising flour (1 2/3 cups)
175g golden caster sugar (2/3 cup)
the zest of two unwaxed lemons
1 TBS poppyseeds, toasted
3 large free range eggs
100g natural yoghurt (about 1/2 cup)
175g butter, melted and cooled slightly (1/2 cup, plus 1 TBS)
For the Icing:
225g butter, softened (1 cup)
400g icing sugar, sifted (about 3 cups)
the juice of one lemon
few drops yellow food colouring
icing flowers, sprinkles or lemon slice candies to decorate
Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper liners. Set aside.
Whisk together the flour, sugar, lemon zest and poppyseeds. Beat the eggs into the yoghurt and them tip this mixture into the dry ingredients along with the melted butter. Mix together with a wooden spoon, until lump free. Fill the cake cases about 2/3 full. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, until a skewer poked in the centre of one comes out clean. Cool in the pan for about 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to finish cooling completely before icing.
To make the icing, beat the softened butter until really soft. Gradually beat in the icing sugar and lemon juice. Add just enough food colouring to give you a pale yellow colour. Spread on top of the cupcakes in a decorative manner. Top with some decorations. Store in an airtight container.
Seeing as it was a birthday, it also gave me the perfect excuse to use this wonderful Cupcake Stand that was sent to me by Jo at Find Me A Gift.com!!
It is completely collapsable and holds up to 23 cupcakes. (This image is of the 3 tier one, I could not find a good one of the 4 tier one to show you, but it is essentially the same, except with an extra tier.) What I did like about it, was that the cupcake holders were graduated so that it held the cupcakes snug into the holder. I also liked that it comes completely apart and stores flat, a big plus in my storage challenged household!!What I didn't like was that the top one was just flat and so the top cupcake fell off every time I moved it. I also found the whole thing, when full, a bit unwieldy, so I do recommend setting it up exactly where you want to place it. Moving it once filled is not a great idea.
It looked fabulous lit up with a variety of thin candles interspersed here and there when it came time to sing Happy Birthday, however I did not get a photo of that! Oh, and if you want to know what those other cupcakes are (in the blue wrappers) you'll just have to tune in tomorrow! (I know! I'm such a tease!)
Many thanks to Jo at Find Me a Gift.com for this handy piece of equipment. I know I will use it often!
Over in A Year From Oak Cottage this morning, some delicious Sour Cream Fruit Drops!