Happy “Canada Day” everyone. To celebrate this day I have made Walnut & Maple Syrup Cupcakes. I think I am addicted to maple syrup now and I will be baking a lot with it over the next few days. There will be pancakes, waffles, cookies, brownies/blondies, a cake of some description – need I go on.
I have not only made one flavour of cupcakes though. Oh no. From one batch of cupcake mixture I have made Jelly Bean Cupcakes, Oreo Cupcakes, Bakewell Cupcakes and my Canada Day Cupcakes. Did maple syrup come from Canada? I don’t know but it is something I will have to look into further. With my cupcakes, I use the standard cake recipe of :-
- 8oz self raising flour
- 8oz caster sugar
- 8oz soft spread
- 4 eggs
- 1tsp vanilla essence
For the Oreo Cupcakes, I placed a whole Oreo Thin on top of a small amount of cake mix then covered it with some more cake mix before baking it in the oven. I decorated these cakes with a swirl of vanilla buttercream and another Oreo Thin.
For the Bakewell Cupcakes, I placed a small ball of marzipan on top of a small amount of cake mix then covered it with more cake mix before baking it in the oven. I decorated these cakes with white glacé icing and a half glacé cherry.
For the Jelly Bean Cupcakes, I baked the cake mix as it was then added a swirl of buttercream to these cakes before decorating with Jelly Beans.
Finally, for the Canada Day Cupcakes, I added a teaspoon of maple syrup and some chopped walnuts to the cake mix before transferring to the cases and baking in the oven. To decorate these cakes I swirled the buttercream on the top, added a chopped walnut and a drizzle of maple syrup.
Ahhh, maple syrup does come from Canada. In fact the main producer of maple syrup is Quebec in Canada. I never knew that but now I do I just want to emigrate to Canada even more. However, I know my husband would not agree so I will just keep on dreaming and eating maple syrup. 🙁
On a lighter note, I have seen a piece of equipmemt in Aldi which makes waffles, brownies and doughnuts. I so want one of these machines and even though I could have bought one I decided that it couldn’t make them as good as I do. I already have a machine which makes waffles, toasties and paninis which we use at least once a week and my eldest daughter is quite a dab hand at making toasties for the family. Another piece of equipment which I would love to own is an icecream maker – which again I have seen in Aldi today. If I bought this machine I would be making icecream all the time and that wouldn’t be good at all.
This week I am going to make a Strawberry Cheesecake which is perfect for “Wimbledon Fortnight”. I will share some recipes for my cupcakes and cheesecake next week. As for the rest of the weekend I am going to have a break for computer and spend some time with my family.