A Bit of Baking After A Break

You may, or may not, have noticed that I haven’t posted in a long time. It wasn’t intentional, and I am aware that, yet again, I have not been a good blogger. Real Life has been rather busy and I just haven’t managed to catch up with much. Several sewing projects have been abandoned part way through, I have done little baking, and although I have thought about blogging, I just didn’t have the time to dedicate to it. I intend this to change, as I need to have more time for me and my family. I have to get going again with everything, as I love making stuff.

I have a couple of sewing projects from earlier in the year to blog about, and am trying to catch up with my list of cakes to bake. The only thing I have really managed to continue working on, is my hexie stash. I think that will keep for a separate post, though, as I would like to show off the prettiness in all its glory.

Today I got myself in gear and tried out one of the cupcake recipes which has been on my Try List for ages. It did involve me sitting on the kitchen floor going through several different cookery books, as I couldn’t remember which one the recipe was in. I knew it was one I had bought a few years ago, but wasn’t in the one I expected. I eventually found it (in the book which had fallen down the back of the shelf, typically) and gave it a go. Here they are:

Turkish Apple Tea Cupcakes

Turkish Apple Tea Cupcakes

I am pleased with how they turned out, and they taste really nice. They are made with Turkish Apple Instant Tea from Whittard. I was a little concerned about how they would taste when I made up the tea as it really did not smell nice, but it was very concentrated. The cakes have a good apple flavour and smell without being overbearing, and are light and fluffy inside, while still remaining reasonably moist. The buttercream is also made with the instant tea and has a refreshingly sharp tang to it. Overall, we thought the flavours were more subtle than we were expecting, but this is a good thing.

I would definitely recommend trying out the recipe, which comes from The Hummingbird Bakery‘s book ‘Cake Days‘ – Apple Blossom Cupcakes. This book and rdcipe helped to kickstart my interest in sugarcraft as the recipe and illustrating pictures show the use of sugarpaste and flower cutters to produce decorations for the cakes. That goes to show how long these cakes have been on my Try List, as I did my first cupcake course nearly 5 years ago!

As for future developments, I have several of Whittard’s other instant teas, and think I will adapt the recipe for those at some point too. So keep an eye out for English Fruits Cupcakes, Cranberry & Raspberry Cupcakes and Dreamtime Cupcakes 🙂