Good things

You've all heard the phrase good things come in small packages, right? Well, when it comes to these cakes, it's not wrong! What on earth could possibly make a cupcake cuter? Make it bite sized of course! Mini cupcakes are my new favorite thing to make. Why, n the past 2 days alone I've churned out 60 of the little buggers just to keep my work chums pacified, and you can see why, look how sweet they are.

Awwwwwwwh <3

I used Martha Stewart's trusty one bowl chocolate cake recipe because I'm too lazy to wash up more than one dish! Bake these little babies at 170C for 8 minutes and get ready for a party in your mouth!

And we're off

Oh Sweet Melissa, how I've missed your presence in my kitchen during these cold and snowy weeks. It feels like forever since we last danced, don't ever leave me again. Deal? Deal!

Our first recipe of 2010 is an exciting one, a creative opportunity even. Donna of L'Amour de Tarte chose the chocolate pie crust but the filling was to be left up to us. Decisions decisions. Dozens of combination's flooded my mind, peanut butter, lemon curd, toffee, even a chocolate version of the English classic bakewell tart. The possibilities were endless. Eventually I settled upon one filling, something that marries perfectly with chocolate and one of my very favorite combination's, chocolate, cherry and cream tart.

Like most other Melissa bakers I found the crust quite a disappointment. It was difficult to work with, cracking at every given opportunity and had quite a bland taste despite me subbing the shortening for an all butter version. Oh well, the search for a delicious chocolate crust continues and for now I'll stick to crushed oreos :)

Check out the other SMS girls to see how they decided to fill their pies.

Happy New Year!

Wow, not only a whole new year but a whole new decade. Welcome to the Teenies! (their word, not mine) Better make this one count. As with every January 1st come the resolutions and for once mine isn't to eat healthily. Instead my resolutions are as follows:

1. To complete the 50 book challenge! I probably already do this on a year to year basis but this year I plan to record every book I read in my diary along with every film I see at the cinema. Just to know :)

2. Learn to speak conversational Spanish. No, I don't have any plans to visit Spain this year, I just think it's a lovely language.

3. Save at least £5000 from Pet Lamb and make my little dream come true :)

Totally doable and not at all over ambitious, for once. But I am curious dear reader, what are yours?

Anyway, I decided to start the year as I mean to go on, with lots and lots of yummy food. American blueberry pancakes smothered in maple syrup, the perfect way to ring in the new year!


200g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 egg
300ml milk
knob butter
150g pack blueberries
sunflower oil or a little butter for cooking
golden or maple syrup

Mix together the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt in a large bowl. Beat the egg with the milk, make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and whisk in the milk to make a thick smooth batter. Beat in the melted butter, and gently stir in half the blueberries.

Heat a teaspoon of oil or small knob of butter in a large non-stick frying pan. Drop a large tablespoonful of the batter per pancake into the pan to make pancakes about 7.5cm across. Make three or four pancakes at a time. Cook for about 3 minutes over a medium heat until small bubbles appear on the surface of each pancake, then turn and cook another 2-3 minutes until golden. Cover with kitchen paper to keep warm while you use up the rest of the batter. Serve with golden syrup and the rest of the blueberries.

Also, the winner of my Hello, Cupcake competition is............... comment number 18!!! Natalie of the lovely, and my newly discovered blog Afternoon Tea Total Congratulations Natalie, I hope you enjoy creating some adorably cute cupcakes!

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