With Mothers Day coming up I thought I’d do a little bit of baking experimentation, as I quite enjoy getting creative when I’ve got a bit of spare time. I made these Mothers Day cupcakes as samples to try and promote sales over Mothers Day, but then I realised I’m on holiday that weekend anyway so I won’t be able to take any cake orders.. oops. They’re so pretty though.. maybe my favourite cupcakes ever! I liked using a range of different shapes decorations and nice pastel colours. The simple white daisies with the yellow centres are my favourites!
I sometimes get people asking me what cutters and moulds I use, so here’s a few that I used for these cupcakes:
Butterflies: 99p | Hearts: £2.21 | Little Bows: £9.99 | Big Bow: £5.15 |
Cupcake, Teapot, Teacup: £10.50 | Letters: £7.99 | Flowers: 99p |Buttons: £8.99
I also made a delicious lemon drizzle cake
using proper lemon curd.. it was delicious! I used a recipe
from, and was provided with ingredients by Waitrose
. The thought of lemon curd always puts me off a little bit as it reminds me of school dinners, but using real Italian mascapone cheese made it perfect and smooth. The ingredients were easy to find, it didn’t require anything too complex, nor expensive. I usually stick to Victoria Sponge Cake but I felt like challenging myself a bit more by trying this one, and overall, I’m really happy with the results!
It was surprisingly easy to make the lemon curd, it’s just egg yolks, lemon, butter, and sugar, which you heat in a pan, and then once cooled you add the mascarpone to give it a more creamy texture. I love the tangy taste of lemon cake, but I did use only 6 lemons as opposed to the 8 recommended (that’s a lot of lemons!) and it was still very lemony, but not bitter or sour.
The lemon sponge is just made like any normal sponge, but then you drizzle it with lemon juice and sugar. I was a little bit distressed as I burnt the cake a bit (I’d recommend 2 sandwich tins instead of one deep tin to help it cook evenly) but I soon rescued this by drizzling with glace icing. Which I think makes it look super pretty and tasty! I finished off by decorating with little lemon jelly slices 🙂 The sponge was lovely and light and had a really nice yellowy colour from all the lemon! I used a 7″ tin which got about 10 slices from it, which we’ve all been nibbling at over the week.. yummy!
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