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Afternoon Tea for Mummy and Me

Mmm Cupcakes

Mini-Victoria-Sponge Cupcakes

Mmm close-up!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing Mothers! You women are exceptional in every way: your sacrifices, love, dedication, wisdom, persistence, patience and provisions are never left unnoticed. There aren’t enough cards, gifts and cake in the world to measure your value, but know that you are loved!

I wasn’t able to physically spend the day with my Mum today, but we did have our usual Sunday afternoon phonecall and she caught me up on how she spent her day. (My littlest sister helped her cook lunch, that’s definitely something worth celebrating because it never happens!) We both sipped tea while I emailed Mum the pictures of the cutesy Mini-Victoria-Sponge Cupcakes I baked this weekend… Happy Mother’s Day!

Love & Cupcakes,

Tracey xoxo

Me & Mumsy, circa Sep 2010.

Mini-Victoria-Sponge Cupcakes

225g/8oz Unsalted butter

175g/6oz Caster Sugar

4 Medium eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

225g/8oz Self-raising flour

Strawberry Jam

80ml Double Cream

Icing Sugar/Confectioners Sugar

Makes approx. 24 cupcakes.

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 175 degrees/Gas Mark 4.
  2. Whisk the butter, sugar and vanilla extract together until smooth.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, and whisk until the mixture is a smooth consistency.
  4. Sift the flour over the mixture and whisk until all lumps have dispersed.
  5. Fill a cupcake tray with cupcake cases, and using two teaspoons fill the cases half way.
  6. Place on the top shelf of the oven and bake for 15-17mins. You can use a skewer/cocktail stick to poke through the middle of the cupcake to check that it is fully baked. The skewer/cocktail stick should come out dry with crumbs on, and the tops of the cupcakes will be a light yellow/golden brown.
  7. Leave to cool for approx. 20-30mins.
  8. Whisk the double cream until the consistency starts to thicken, and sift Icing Sugar over the cream until the mixture is thick and no longer runny. (You can add as much or as little Icing Sugar as you wish.) Leave to chill in the fridge while the remainder of the cupcakes are baking.
  9. Once the cupcakes have cooled down remove them from the paper case and slice off the top of the cake. Use a knife to spread jam on one half and the cream mixture on the other.
  10. Sandwich the two halves together and dust with Icing Sugar for decoration.

 Serve with a fresh pot of tea :)

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I’m A Champion: Versatile Blogger Award!

Last month a fellow blog friend ThingsMyBellyLikes blessed me with one of the best gifts, a Versatile Blogger Award. There’s no refuting the fact that I was shocked, surprised, and excited all in one breath! As a relatively new blogger, with less than 20 followers (although I must say that I love and appreciate my faithful followers), I didn’t ever imagine receiving an award. Naturally I assumed that life-long bloggers with hundreds of followers received such honours, but lo’ and behold I am now among this elite category! (See post, Thursday Thoughts) Call it over-excited if you wish but I truly feel like a champion, hence this awesome song:

So the rules of this award state that I should thank the person who passed it on to me; nominate other bloggers that I admire and follow, and write 7 facts about myself. Here goes…

Huuuge thanks and a *virtual cupcake* goes to ThingsMyBellyLikes the awesome blogger who bestowed this medal on my blog. If I was allowed to pass the award straight back to you I would, because I love reading your blog posts and my belly genuinely rumbles at each post! Awesome writing, keep it up!

  1. Whiskey River BBQ {I recently discovered this blog and I immediately fell in love! It’s about a couple who have recently started their own catering company in the Whiskey soaked BBQ world!}
  2. Tiny Kitchen Stories {A rustic-style blog with mouth watering home-made recipes and desserts. It’s also a handy reference point for vegan and veggie meals.}
  3. Foodimentary {Known on the blogosphere as ‘A Food Lover’s Notebook’, with this blog you’ll never miss a national food day again. A blog full of interesting food facts and daily quotations.}
  4. The W Perspective {Breath taking photography from Penang, Malaysia. This photo-blog has the ability to make me say ‘wow’ each and every time.} 
  5. Without an H {Another favourite photo-blog: self-portrait photography from South East Asia, capturing the heart and soul of each community through a lens.} 
  6. The Middlest Sister {Have you ever laughed just by looking at a picture? Well then you’re in for a treat, this blog uses felt cut-outs to re-live the childhood of five sisters, through the eyes of the middlest sister. Classic and unique.}
  7. Garden Goat Quote {Another new blog that I presently follow, which I discovered through Freshly Pressed. This Super-Mom works a full-time job, blogs, and mothers nine children! Her style of writing is LOL funny and the truths of her daily life are somewhat enlightening on the joys and trials of Motherhood.}
  8. Good Humored {This blogger uses the type of humor that I thrive on, she’s sarcastic, blunt, and has the ability to turn an ordinary story into a masterpiece.}

Okay, so now 7 Interesting Things About Me (Is it ambitious for me to call these things ‘interesting’? *shrugs* You decide.)

  1. BIG SISTER I’m the eldest of three daughters. My sisters are my besties and I love my sisters more than ice-cream, sticky toffee pudding and chocolate fudge cake! That’s a lot of love.
  2. BLACK BRITISH I was born and raised in the UK but my cultural heritage is Ghanaian. The way I dress and speak is a reflection of the UK but my morals, cultural practices, and the way I cook stem from Ghana.
  3. FAITH My parents are Pastors so I’ve grown up in Church. I’ve been a Christian for 12yrs now and never looked back. My faith is more than a religion, it’s my life.
  4. CITY LIGHTS As a lover of food, fashion and all things sweet, it’s only right that I select my top 3 favourite Cities. In no particular order: Paris, London, NYC. Need I say more? (Umm seriously if you have to question this then drop me a comment, but I will be silently judging you from the other side of my laptop!)
  5. BRAINBOX Somehow I have a degree in English Literature and a Diploma in Law. People automatically ask if I’m smart. I don’t know, am I? I have a few certificates to say I’ve passed, but does that prove anything?
  6. LEGS 11 For the International readers among you, ‘legs 11’ is a British phrase for ladies who have long legs. I’m 6ft tall and this causes people to spew out word vomit such as, how are you so tall; why are you so tall; why wear heels if you’re already tall? My answers to the above consist of, Ask God, He made me this way; my Dad is tall (6″2) so I take after him; I paid for the shoes so why are you complaining/I’m not your wife or girlfriend so why are you trying to tell me what to wear!
  7. CAKE-A-HOLIC If you’ve read my Bio you’ll know that I have a slight obsession with cake. The store-bought kind doesn’t quite measure up to the fresh, warm, home-made delicacies that emerge out of my oven. They say ‘An apple a day keeps the Dentist away’, true true. But you should also remember that ‘A cake a day keeps emotions at bay’! Seriously, a well baked cake can turn any frown upside down :) I’m an addict and thats okay.

Love & Cupcakes,

Tracey xoxo  

Afternoon tea and Scones in Costa Blanca, Espana :)

Afternoon Tea and Scones in Costa Blanca, Espana :)

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Farewell Twenty Eleven!

It’s that exciting time of year again. New Years Eve. The beauty of NYE brings forth countless emotions- for some, it may be the excitement of having a fresh start and rectifying mistakes; for others it may bring a sense of peace, knowing that you will never see the year 2011 again! And yet still, others may be looking back with a sense of nostalgia, reminiscent of the collage of memories that have been harvested over the past year. 

As I wave goodbye to the delectable foods, cakes and bakes of 2011, I also raise my glass to the new. However you choose to spend NYE, be grateful for every blessing that was passed your way, and be expectant that ‘the best is yet to come’. (Frank Sinatra)

Happy New Year!

Love & Cupcakes,

Tracey xoxo

Farewell Twenty Eleven

'Til next year

Vanilla sponge cupcakes

Two blogs that I recommend you read in the new year:

www.cupcakesandcashmere.com

www.estherjoy.co.uk

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Christmas Countdown

Hello my lovelies,

How has your day been? I’ve been super busy to say the least. With only 2days til Christmas I still have a bundle of things to do… Today my sisters and I spent 3-4hrs cleaning the house in preparation for Christmas, whilst listening to the soulful sounds of Mariah Carey & Michael Buble’s Christmas albums. I also went for a run, made dinner for the family, and even managed to do some late night Christmas shopping. It’s amazing what you can do in 24hrs.

When it comes to Christmas I get super excited, I’m like the biggest kid ever and every year seems to get better! The family reunions, the food, the Christmas carols, the movies, the gifts- everything gets me jumping for joy! This year I’m particularly excited about the feast that my Mother, sisters and I will be preparing. (All will be revealed in my next post.)

What ‘s on your Christmas menu this year? Leave your comments below or tweet me @trace_cupcake89. Til then sweet dreams.

Love & Cupcakes,

Tracey xoxo

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