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Hopefully this will be the first of many Christmas baking blogs this year and as usual there are so many scrummy looking recipes to try out it’s going to be hard to narrow it down. As it’s the last Met League before Christmas I couldn’t resist making some red and gold Christmas cupcakes for the Serpie runners. We haven’t been to any xc races yet this season as we now live quite far away and Rich injured his knee recently which has meant he can’t run at the moment. But after 4 years of not being able to run because of a back injury, I am now able to run 6km so I am very excited to be able to take part! Click  here to try out our first Christmas recipe.

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P1240059.JPGI’m always looking for quick simple ideas for decorating cupcakes, time is limited with a 14 month old to look after! I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought they looked pretty easy. Click  here to find out how to make these pretty chocolate Christmas trees.

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A couple of weeks ago I made some cakes to take down to the Leeds office when I went for the day. Given it was December I decided that I should make something Christmassy. I hadn’t been food shopping so I was limited with what flavour I could make so just went with vanilla. The decoration was an easy choice – I made these cakes last year and really wanted to put them on the blog but never got round to taking photos. Click here to keep reading.

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P1240055.JPGIt’s time for our 1st batch of Christmas baking! As usual I am baking for Serpentine Running Club for the last cross country race before Christmas, so it seemed fitting to make something Christmas theme and in red and gold – the clubs colours. I love the Hummingbird Bakery Christmas cupcake recipe, it has got all the flavours of a Christmas cake, but its lovely and light and is topped with scrummy almond butter cream. Click here to try this recipe.

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P1230149For the last two weeks I’ve been lacking sleep. Partly because of the Olympics (why do most of the finals have to be in the middle of the night?!) and partly due to being at a hen do last weekend for one of my friends, Sian. These Olympic themed cupcakes were for Sian’s hen do. We had a mini Olympics during the day on Saturday so I decided that some themed cupcakes would help re-fuel the athletes! Click here to keep reading.

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It’s been a gorgeous week, full of spring sunshine so I couldn’t resist making some spring cupcakes as a present for Matt and Beckie who looked after Emily on Saturday while Rich and I were at a wedding. Click here to find out how to make these little bugs.

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IMG_3596Last week on Friday we got home from work to find a bowl full of eggs fresh on our doorstep, from our neighbours. I decided that in return for the eggs, I would bake them some cupcakes. I’ve had these pinned on Pinterest for ages and decided that they were the perfect cakes to make – spring-like and quick to make. Click here to find out how to make them.

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Sheep Cupcakes

IMG_3590A few weeks ago I made some cupcakes to take to the Leeds office when I went down for the day. I was planning on making them again to take to work but I was too busy/tired and then got ill. I didn’t get any good photos of them so I realised that if I wanted to put them on the blog I’d have to make them again… what a shame! Click here to make these sheep… Baaaaa!

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P1220325A.jpgIt must be time for some Easter baking! This year I haven’t had time to bake a big cake, so I decided to make a couple of batches of cupcakes –  some for our family trip this weekend and some for the local baby group I go to on a Thursday morning. I hadn’t managed to go shopping this week, so I had to pick a flavour that had only store cupboard ingredients in – I really struggled, but found that Earl Grey tea cupcakes were the same as the vanilla ones and the only extra ingredients were a few tea bags. Click here to hop to the full blog for the recipe.

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Over the last few months, lots of my friends have had babies. Having just had a baby myself 4 months ago, I know how crazy the first few days and weeks can be. I love making presents for people and a box of cupcakes seemed perfect for any new parents – especially useful to have something to offer any visitors or for those days when things are so chaotic that all you manage to eat is a cupcake for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Click here to see how these cakes are made.

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