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Last week, I played in a uni hockey tournament after work. The day before I asked people in the office what flavour cupcakes I should make to keep us going. James suggested “Lucozade” and Kiri suggested “half time orange” cupcakes. So I went with Orangeade – I bought a sample pack of Soda Stream syrups when I made some Cola cupcakes a while ago and I hadn’t used any of the other flavours yet so I decided to give the orange one a go. If you need an energy boost click here.

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Anybody who lives in the UK will know that this summer (if you can call it that), it rained pretty much constantly. Spring seemed to just turn into autumn, with only a couple of warm sunny days in between. The bad weather is what inspired these cupcakes, so I guess something good came out of the bad weather. If you want to brighten up your day with some cupcakes, keep reading…

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So it’s time for the fourth and final instalment of my cocktail cupcakes: Brandy Alexander. I appear to only have one decent photo of these cupcakes – maybe I was too tired after making and decorating four lots of cupcakes but if you want to find out how to make them then carry on reading here.

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I wanted to make two fruity cocktails and two non-fruity so after asking a few people for suggestions, I decided on White Russian as one of the non-fruity ones. I don’t think I’ve ever had it before as a cocktail but it sounded good to me in cupcake form! I did a quick google search and came across a recipe on Baked Perfection. Want to sample another cocktail? If so, click here!

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I often get asked how I find the time to do so much baking. The truth is, I don’t know! But I think if you enjoy something then you always manage to find time to fit it in. I would love to be able to bake something new everyday and then post it on here but the truth is that if I did that then I’d probably end up so fat that I’d be unable to get out the house. Instead, I’ve decided that I’m going to restrict myself to baking one, or maybe two new things (or maybe more if there are special occasions) a week to put on here. I have a whole load of cupcakes which I baked before I set up this blog so in between baking new things, I’m going to blog about them – provided I’ve got good enough/good photos since most were just taken on my phone!

I made these cupcakes for my birthday this year. On the evening of my birthday I went out for cocktails so I wanted to stick with the theme and decided to make four different cocktail flavoured cupcakes: Mojito, Brandy Alexander, White Russian and Pina Colada. Given they’re all quite different, I’ll be doing a separate post on each one. I think the mojito ones were my favourite so I’m going to start with them

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I’ve been trying to think of events which are coming up soon, which I can make cupcakes for. The obvious ones came to mind – Halloween, bonfire night, birthdays etc. Most of the cupcakes I make end up at work, mainly because I can’t eat a whole batch myself so if I want to try a new recipe I might as well take them in! This week, it’s the last day before one of the girls I work with, Laura, goes on maternity leave. This occurred to me at the weekend on the train home and I started thinking of loads of “baby” related cupcakes. However, this week has been really busy at work so I had no time to make any decorations in advance so I actually didn’t get to make any of the decorations I thought of 😦 I guess they’ll have to wait until the next person leaves to go on maternity leave!
Feeling ambitious and want to try three cupcakes in one?

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butterflies

Butterfly Cupcakes

So, what should I do for my first post?! I guess I should start with something simple! The cupcakes I probably make most often are plain vanilla or chocolate – usually because they always go down well and they’re quick and easy to make, giving me plenty of time to decorate them! My favourite recipes are from The Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days book – they’re simple to make, they always come out perfectly and I know they taste good! And the decoration I’ve made the most? Probably these chocolate flutterbies. Although I’ve only made them four times – I like trying new things!

If you want to find out how to make these little flutterbies then click here!

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