Back in the kitchen and baking

I have now settled into the new flat and the kitchen (most important obviously) and have therefore started to bake for the office again.

Since it was the first time I used the new oven for baking I made sure to use tried and tested recipes.

I made a classic Victoria sponge that at least my office never can get enough of and the lovely chocolate cake with the most amazing chocolate frosting, a cake impossible to grow tired of. I also made some fresh lemon cupcakes with lemoncurd whipped cream as frosting. They were really yummy too!

I also tried one of my birthday presents when I decorated the chocolate cake; a cake stencil from a set Laura gave me. I love how the cake so quickly transformed from boring to stunning just with the stencil and icing sugar. 🙂 Thanks, Laura!

Lemon cupcakes with lemoncurd whipped cream, makes 12

The cupcake recipe is courtesy of the Hummingbird Bakery

Cupcakes, makes 12

120 g plain flour

150 g caster sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp grated lemon zest

40 g softened butter

120 ml whole milk

1 egg

Pre-heat the oven to 175 C. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, zest and butter in a bowl with an electric whisk. Add the milk while beating. Then add the egg and mix well. Divide into 12 cupcake cases in a cupcake tray. Bake for 10 minutes or until done. Leave to cool completely before decorating.

Lemoncurd

50 g butter

1 egg

100 ml caster sugar

1 medium lemon

Grate the zest and squeeze the juice from the lemon. Place in a sauce pan with the butter and half the sugar and bring to the boil and cook until the sugar has dissolved. Leave to cool.

Beat the egg and the remaining sugar pale and fluffy and add to the saucepan. Let the mixture thicken on low heat while stirring. It must not boil. Leave to cool. Will keep for a week in the fridge, covered.

Lemoncurd whipped cream, for 12 cupcakes

1 batch lemoncurd (see above)

300 ml whipping cream

Whip the cream and fold in the lemon courd using a rubber spatula. Pipe onto the cupcakes once they’ve cooled completely. Decorate with candied citrus peel.

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