Sunday, 1 May 2011

Happy Birthday! me!

Yes, twenty (ahem) nine years ago to this day, while the HMS Conqueror was sinking the Argentine cruiser The General Belgrano in the Falklands War and Paul McCartnery and Stevie Wonder were riding high at the top of the charts, two weeks later than originally intended, this sweet-toothed baking enthusiast popped into the world.

And to celebrate my guest-blogger-sister Beth (off of Simnel Cake fame a week ago) extremely kindly baked these beautiful cupcakes for my enjoyment. Its okay, I did share them, even though A says I don't do sharing when it comes to cake.

The recipe is from Jamie Oliver's book,  'Cook with Jamie'


225g/8oz unsalted butter, softened
225g/8oz self-raising flour
225g/8oz caster sugar
4 large eggs
zest of 1 lemon
50g fresh berries (e.g. raspberries, strawberries, blackberries)
150g icing sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4
2. Beat the butter and sugar together with an electric whisk until fluffy and light
3. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating each one in well
4. Fold in the flour and lemon
5. Divide equally between 18 paper cases
6. Bake for 15 minutes or until the tops spring back to touch
7. To make the icing, mash up the fruit, and sieve if required to remove any pips
8. Mix in the icing to the fruit until you have a smooth paste
9. Spoon on top of the cooled cakes and add extra berries to decorate

PS: I also had a whole host of lovely baking goodies from my brother and sister, some of which were wrapped in pink wrapping paper with recipes on them that Beth made! How amazing?!


  1. Happy Birthday. Do we get to find out what baking goodies your received in that pink paper? Lovely decorations on the cupcakes, especially the rose petal.

  2. happy birthday to you! It couldn't be anything other than happy with lovely cupcakes like that!

  3. Thank you very much! The baking goodies I received include some gorgeous little decorations, paper doilles, cupcake cases, a cake stand and a baking book! All have already been used!


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