Cupcakes are a wonderful thing, that’s something we can all agree on. In the hands of a passionate baker, they can be remarkably beautiful things, and thanks to their size they’ll stay beautiful and don’t need cutting into like a full-size cake!
At Ulster Weavers, as well as supplying some of the best kitchenware around, we also love learning and sharing baking hints, tips and recipes. So, to celebrate amazing cupcakes, we’d like to share our five favourite recipes ever! We have also included downloadable recipes, to help you produce them yourself. So, don your Ulster Weavers aprons, grab your oven gloves and your kitchen utensils, and try these amazing cupcakes out for yourself!
Chocolate Orange Cupcakes:
If you’ve ever visited a Hummingbird Bakery, you’ll have seen some delectable cupcakes and other sweet treats on display. Specialising in sinfully decadent treats, Hummingbird are kind enough to share their recipes with the world through their range of cookbooks. Our recipe of choice comes from the Cake Days cookbook, and it produces a wonderfully moist classic choc-orange treat.
This recipe is a fantastic one to bake with children, it’s remarkably simple and produces results that everyone will love! And just like the cakes, the icing is remarkably simple and packs quite a chocolatey, zesty punch!
Interested in making these? Download the recipe here!
Tried this yourself? We’d love to see it! And if you’re after more information on Hummingbird Bakery, be sure to check out their website and blog!
Raspberry Rosé Cupcakes:
This recipe, from American blogger Completely Delicious is of her own design, and we can vouch for the quality of cupcake produced. Combining sweet treats with wine is always a good idea in our book, and this combination of hard-hitting raspberry with delicate rosé produces some of the best cupcakes we’ve tried. To give it a go, check out the recipe!
The icing for these cupcakes is where the real punch lies, but to produce them takes time and effort. These are not cupcakes that can be made quickly! However, we think you’ll agree the results are totally worth it.
These cupcakes are perfect for a dinner party, or as a sweet treat for a more mature palate, and require a higher skill level than other cupcakes, but if you are confident in the kitchen, the results will be worth it.
Cupcakes are always quite a fun treat, and the best are decorated in a way that raises a smile before they’ve even been eaten. One of the best cakes for this is this Honeybee design, created by Lisa Roukin.
Combining the flavours of cinnamon, ginger, red wine and, of course, honey, these cupcakes are extremely soft and gooey, while remaining simple to make and beautiful to look at. The icing makes these cakes perfect for experts on their own, or baking with children, who can produce the decorative bees that proudly adorn the cake.
Interested in trying this for yourself? Download the recipe here!
Avocado, Coconut and Chocolate:
These incredible cupcakes are perfect for a range of diets and tastes, retaining incredible taste and a creamy texture whilst reducing the amount of sugar compared to other recipes. They’re also gluten and dairy free!
These cupcakes are the work of Christine Bailey, and can be produced very quickly, although they are difficult to master! The icing, although looking predominantly chocolatey, has a surprise kick of ginger along with the creaminess of avocado and the texture of coconut.
Sound divine to you? Try the recipe out!
Pumpkin S’mores Cupcakes:
We finish with the most complicated, but most technically impressive of our cupcakes! These cupcakes might look relatively simple on the outside, but don’t let the appearance deceive you. There is some serious technique required to produce these, with a beautiful chocolatey secret hiding in the heart of them, and a crumbly biscuit base to get that authentic autumnal pumpkin s’more feeling.
This recipe is the work of Jessica Merchant, so be sure to check her out if you like the recipe, however, we’ve modified it slightly, replacing the Graham crackers with digestives, adding a more British twist to the flavour!
Fancy giving them a go? Download the recipe here!