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 :)


It’s That Day… V-Day

It’s that day again- Tuesday. For besotted among you it’s Valentine’s Day, and for the romantically liberated it’s Singles Awareness Day! Rest assured I’m not anti-love and neither am I bitter; on the contraire, this particular day had me writing romantic and thought provoking tweets from dusk til dawn!

Do you want to know what I’ve been earnestly craving to do all day! Bake! All day I day-dreamed of devishly sinful chocolate fudge recipes, and sickly sweet jam delights. The only thing that prevented me from doing so is the fact that I’m a ‘grown-up’ and I had to work *sigh* (Apparently trading in a day’s wage for hours of frivolous baking is not ideal) So I decided to bake after work instead, only to come home and remember that I had baked a batch of dark chocolate brownies the night before. As a cake-a-holic I had to ask myself, ‘do I really need to bake again?’ If I was at my parents’ house I would have whipped up a storm, with the reassurance that it would take less than 48hrs for any baked treat to be devoured. But as I was in my own flat, I thought it wise not to consume a plate of brownies to myself, washed down with a batch of cinnamon cupcakes. It was a hard choice, but I made the right choice and backed away from the flour!

In the past year I’ve seen this day as an excuse to bake to my heart’s content, and as much as I try not to portray myself as the crazy bachelorette who eats excessive amounts of cake, I’m starting to believe that’s who I am! But hey, if I’m enjoying it then why not? Being single is a choice and not a curse, you gotta enjoy it while you can. Love life. Love cake.

Happy Valentines Day!

Tracey xoxo

Enjoying one of the finer things in life: Hot Chocolate!

Another developing addiction.

‘Keep smiling because life is a beautiful thing, and there’s so much to smile about’ -Marilyn Monroe.