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IMG_0937AWe are massive fans of the Great British Bake Off and I keep meaning to have a go at some of the technical challenges to see just how hard they are. So when my parents came to visit and bought along loads of home grown pears I thought I would take the opportunity to challenge my Mum and myself to have a go at baking Paul Hollywood’s mini pear pies. Want to find out who the Glover pear pie champion is?!

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P1170242ABefore I started Gloverly Cupcakes, Becky and I discussed starting a blog with “Sugarplum” in the name. Why? Because it was my nickname when I was younger and it fitted in with the baking theme. I didn’t want to steal the name for a blog on my own, so I came up with Gloverly Cupcakes. Now Becky has joined me we want to keep the Gloverly Cupcakes name, but we also want to have a link to sugarplums. The first step was creating a new logo. The next step was to create a signature bake –

sugar plum cupcakes.

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20131209-185226.jpg Just under a year ago my sister got engaged. I was extremely excited – not just because there was going to be a wedding, but also because I was going to get to make the cake! We made a deal a while ago that rather than making our own cake, we would make each other’s. Click here to keep reading.

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20131014-190504.jpg I’m always looking for new ways to decorate cupcakes, and when I came across a photo of these, I decided they were too cute not to make. I was looking for something autumnal and had done various searches on the internet before I discovered them. Finding the ingredients to make them was the trickiest part – I think I had to empty 12 tubes of Smarties before I found enough red ones to make the toadstools and even then I didn’t have enough to make one to go on each cake as planned but I decided that if I went back to the Co-op to buy a third lot of Smarties they might start to ask questions so I left it! Click here if you want to make a family of hedgehogs.

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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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Ok, so these aren’t cupcakes but they were meant to go on top of some cupcakes. However, there seems to be a baking powder shortage. The Co-op at the of the road has stopped stocking baking powder (how ridiculous is that?!) so I thought that I would be able to get some from Sainsburys but similarly it has stopped stocking it and only had individual 30g sachets…. which, yep you guessed, were sold out! Forth supermarket later and I still hadn’t managed to find any – I think somebody is trying to stop me making so many cupcakes!! So I decided to give up on the cupcake idea and just go with the cookies but next time I find some in the supermarket (if anywhere still stocks it) I will be buying at least 10 pots of it so that this cannot happen again. If you’re also short of baking powder, click here.

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I discovered on Friday last week that there was going to be a cake sale in the office on Monday. Sadly I was away all weekend and didn’t get back until Monday lunchtime. Well, I wasn’t really that sad given that I went to Germany to see Tom! However, I didn’t want to miss out on an opportunity to make some cakes for charity and since the Big Brew Up is happening all week I decided to make some last night! If you’re in the mood to make cupcakes too then keep reading!

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