From Cake To Cocktails – The Food Of NYC

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It’s a bit of a blog with a difference from me this week.  I’m just back from New York where I was lucky enough to spend my birthday, and I thought I would love to share the amazing food I had! From a Mexican feast, to an NY slice, to the most gigantic piece of cheesecake, I’ll tell you all the highlights.  There are just so many places to choose from so if you’re planning a trip, hopefully this will give you a place to start.


Cherry cheesecake cupcakes

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First up, an apology.  It’s been a LONG time since I shared any recipes.  But I’m back with some delicious cupcakes just in time for summer – cherry cheesecake flavour.  Cheesecake definitely works in cupcake form.  You’ve got the buttery biscuit base, tangy creamy cheese, and to top it off, some fruit! All with the added bonus of a sponge cake too.


How to create cosmic galaxy effect frosting for cupcakes

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You can’t go wrong with a bit of stardust, can you?  I love things with a cosmic pattern, from clothes to bags.  But I wondered how it would translate to cakes, and I’m pleased to say I’m happy with the results!


Look at them, all sparkly and dark.  This can be done with buttercream or cream cheese frosting, all you need is a piping bag and some gel colours and you’re good to go.

UPDATE: I’ve now created a cosmic galaxy effect full size cake too!  If you’d like to give it try then click here, and for the cupcakes, read on.


Mint Choc Chip Christmas Tree Cupcakes

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I’m not afraid to admit I’m going through a mint choc chip obsession right now.  I’ve actually made about 50 of these cupcakes over the past week but I’m not alone in my love of the traditional flavour.  These are extra fun to make at this time of year because it’s very easy to make them look Christmassy – all you need to do is pipe a swirl of minty green buttercream on top and they look like lovely little trees!  It’s also a chance to get your sprinkle on – I’ve used stars and mini candy canes on mine but anything a little bit sparkly or colourful would look festive.

Mini Black Rose Cupcakes

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Recently I was lucky enough to be asked to make some desserts for a family wedding.  All I had to go on was that the theme was black and white.  I love cupcakes and thought they’d be pretty popular but I thought full size ones would be too similar to wedding cake, so I decided mini ones would be perfect!  I went for Oreo cupcakes (recipe here), black velvet (a variation on red velvet), and black rose.

‘Vanilla Doesn’t Mean Plain’ Rainbow Cupcakes

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I love trying out new flavours of cupcakes, but sometimes you can’t beat plain old vanilla.  That doesn’t mean they have to look plain though!  Why not have a bit of fun with some colour?  The inspiration for these was a tub of neon coloured sugar sprinkles my mum got me – I tried to match the colours in the sponge.

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I think it worked out pretty well, so here’s how I did it.