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Baking: Marbled Butterfly Cupcakes

One of my earliest memories is being taught by my grandma how to make butterfly buns on a Saturday afternoon. I’ve added the marbled effect and the caramel, but the basic recipe is hers. So thanks Nanan!


For the cupcakes:

  • 4 oz butter
  • 4 oz flour
  • 4 oz white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp whole milk

For the frosting:

  • 2 oz butter
  • 4oz icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp whole milk
  • caramel sauce
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder

How to

  1. Pre heat oven to 190 C, or Gas Mark 5
  2. Blend softened butter with sugar and vanilla extract.
  3. Whisk eggs and add gradually to the mixture.
  4. Add flour, and then split the mixture into 2.
  5. Add milk and cocoa powder to one of the mixtures.
  6. Place a dollop of each mixture into cupcake cases: this recipe should make 12 standard sized cakes.
  7. Swirl mixtures together to create the marbled effect.
  8. Bake in oven for 15-18 minutes, until cooked through.
  9. Whilst cooling, blend together butter, icing sugar, vanilla extract and milk. The icing should be creamy but not too watery. If you think you’ve added to much milk, add more butter and icing sugar to compensate!
  10. Split the icing into 2 bowls, adding the cocoa powder to one and the caramel sauce to other.
  11. Cut a circular disc from the top of the cake and cut in half for the ‘wings.’ Put a blob of each icing in the hole created by the disc, adding the ‘wings’ to the side.
  12. Drizzle caramel sauce over the cupcakes and voilà!



Baking: Vanilla and Sprinkles

All you need is cake
All you need is cake
All you need is cake, cake
Cake is all you need.

Nail Art: CAKE!

Good enough to eat, nom nom nom!

I also recently wrote a piece on my growing love for nail art here: CHECK IT OUT!


Nom Nom Cupcakes!

This post was originally planned to be dedicated to the amazing Primrose Bakery in Covent Garden- a shop I fell in love with a few months ago, and is now on my list of places in London I adore. Unfortunately for my waistline, I found another genius cupcake seller I had to mention too!

I borrowed the Primrose Bakery cookbook from my friend on a gloomy evening when I felt I needed cheering up with frosting and spongey goodness. And they really were amazing!! In no time at all, I was tapping away at my trusty Macbook searching for their shop in the capital.

When I went in to visit a few weeks later, I was pleasantly surprised to find their cupcakes were only £1.85- a complete bargain!!

So I urge anyone who lives in London, or will be visiting soon, to visit The Primrose Bakery in Covent Garden. If you have difficulty finding it, as it is tucked away down a few side streets, it’s near the Theatre Royal Drury Lane where Shrek the Musical currently resides.

The next cupcake sensation are these beauties- made by the wonderful people at Cupcake Occasions down in Suffolk. I’ve never actually tried their cakes- nor can I at the moment as they don’t deliver to my area (darn!) but these cupcakes look truly amazing!

I think I’d have to try Beaker, as he’s one of my favourites. I don’t think I’d have the nerve to munch into Miss Piggy!!