Posts Tagged ‘kiwi and lime cupcakes’

I’m not really much of a domestic goddess, but every so often I’m seized by the desire to bake something.  This weekend the baking bug came over me and, as everything came out pretty well, I thought I’d share.

First up we have kiwi cupcakes with lime buttercream.  These cakes owe their creation to random fruits in the kitchen, and I adapted a basic recipe.

  • 175g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 175g butter (softened)
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs (beaten)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 kiwi fruits (peeled and chopped)

Very simple technique, throw everything except the fruit into a bowl and mix well, then stir the chopped kiwi in at the end.  Pop into cupcake/muffin cases and bake at gas mark 3 for about 20 minutes.  I didn’t measure the buttercream ingredients, but you’ll want butter (softened), icing sugar and lime juice (I’d say approximately two parts icing sugar to one part butter, with enough lime juice to make it taste zingy and help the buttercream flow more easily through your piping nozzle).

Next up we have lime slices…

This is a brilliant, and very easy, recipe from A Beautiful Mess.  I won’t copy it out, just click here to visit their blog and have a look for yourself.  Technically the photo above isn’t of the slices I made this weekend, it’s the batch I made last week, but I thought this photo was prettier (and it shows off my lovely lovely Greengate jug!).  The latest batch of lime slices looks pretty much the same, but I took them out five minutes earlier and the top didn’t split this time 🙂

Last, but by no means least, a plum and honey tea loaf.

This recipe is from The Vintage Tea Party Book (which I’ll be reviewing in the near future).

  • 200g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 175ml buttermilk or low fat yoghurt (I used Sainsburys basics natural yoghurt)
  • 125ml honey
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 3 plums (stoned and chopped)

Mix your dry ingredients in a large bowl, mix your wet ingredients (except the fruit) in another bowl.  Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ones, then fold in the plums.  Pour into a greased and floured loaf tin and bake for 50-55 minutes at gas mark 3.  I let mine cool in the tin for a while and then turned it out onto a rack to finish cooling.

The lime slices are my favourite of the three recipes, but the loaf comes a close second.  It’s tasty, but not too sweet (all the sweetness comes from the honey alone), and it’s nice and moist.  It’s a pretty sizeable loaf (I don’t eat a lot of cake, so a full loaf tin is quite a lot!) so I decided to chop it in two and popped half in the freezer so that I’ve got some handy next time I fancy plummy honey goodness.

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