Monday, March 2, 2009

Baking for Hospice

Last weekend was the second round of baking for hospice. I baked on Saturday and the lovely Nessie came and collected the baking on Sunday morning. This time I made shortbread and these cupcakes.

The cupcakes are a very simple and quite plain cupcake recipe, but use brown sugar instead of white, which gives them a lovely caramel flavour. There is a hint of cinnamon in them, but is all it is – just a hint. They are very soft and light and I really loved them. The icing is actually cream cheese icing, but I think whipped cream would be yummy. The inspiration for these cupcakes came from a picture I saw in this beautiful book I got from the library written by another blogger, Jane Brocket, called The Gentle Art of Domesticity. The book was recommended to me by one of the readers of my blog and is such a lovely book. The photos and writing are gorgeous.

There is a photo in the book of cupcakes iced in bright colours and decorated with jelly beans – very simple but a really effective way of decorating which I just had to try. I love the contrast of the pink and white and hope to try other colour combinations soon.

Thank you to Gaye from Laws of the Kitchen for another blog award – You’re a sweetheart blog award. Well, I’m not sure if it is in the rules, but I am going to award this award straight back to Gaye as she is a real sweetheart!! Thanks Gaye!

I am also passing this award onto:

Stephanie from A Whisk and a Spoon
Nancy from The dog eats the crumbs
Mary from The Food Librarian, and
Wendy from

You guys are all sweethearts and I love reading your blogs!

Brown Sugar Cupcakes (adapted from Donna Hay magazine)

125g butter
¾ c brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 ¼ c flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
½ c milk

· Cream butter and sugar, then add vanilla and eggs, one at a time
· Stir in dry ingredients , then milk
· Spoon into cupcakes cases (I got 12) and bake at 180c for 18-20 minutes
Once cold ice and decorate


Snooky doodle said...

cute cupcakes :)

pinkstripes said...

Your cupcakes sound delicious.

Thanks for the award.

Jaime said...

cute cupcakes!

Nessie said...

Can't believe you baked them the day before. When I picked them up they were so soft I thought they must've been baked that morning! So talented! The hospice absolutely raved bout them. Thanks again for your baking - you're a star! :)

Elyse said...

What a great thing you're doing. These cupcakes are so cheery and beautiful! I really like the substitution of brown sugar for the granulated--caramel flavor is always good by me!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

awww...thanks, tammy!

sweet cupcakes, too...i am in love with all things donna hay. :)

Cakelaw said...

Thanks Tammy! Love your pink and white cupcakes - so pretty, and with brown sugar, they would have been deliciously caramely (new word!!).