Thursday, 21 June 2012

Olympic Baking: Great British Team Treats

As memories of the jubilent Jubilee fade, celebrations of soggy street parties and festive fizz become but a distant memory (at least until Prince Harry finds the woman of his dreams) it is time to turn to the Olympics.

Isn't this just the most exciting summer?! And so much to themed baking fun to be had!

As someone who is beyond excited about the Olympics (34 days! 2 hours! 30 minutes!) partly because of my involvement in the ceremonies but also because I love a good sporting competition, this post is the second in the occasional mini-series that is Olympic Baking.

With the pinnacle of four years of hard, solid graft swiftly approaching for all the athletes of Team GB I'd like to do my bit.

By, erm, popping the oven on.

And these Team GB Treats are vanilla cupcakes decorated with juicy, sweet strawberries and soft, succulent blueberries in the Union Jack colours of radiant red and bright blue.

Vanilla Cupcakes

(makes 12)

For the cakes:

150ml natural yogurt
3 beaten eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
150g caster sugar
140g self- raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
100g ground almonds
175g unsalted butter, melted

For the icing:
70g unsalted softened butter
140g icing sugar
1 tbsp milk
A couple of drops of vanilla extract

Strawberries and blueberries to decorate

1. Line a twelve hole muffin tin with paper cases and preheat the oven to 190C/Fan 170C/Gas Mark 5.
2. In a bowl mix together the yogurt, beaten eggs and the vanilla extract
3. Pop the sugar, flour, baking powder and almonds into a large bowl, mix well with a wooden spoon and make a well in the centre. Add the yogurty mix and nicely melted butter and fold together
4. Spoon the mixture, which will be quite liquidy, into the paper cases approximately 3/4 full and bake for 18-20 minutes until risen and golden in colour
5. Cool on a wire rack
6. To make the icing: beat together all the ingredients until smooth and creamy
7. Spoon the icing onto the cakes and decorate with the fruit

Baker's notes...

  • The good thing about these cakes is they keep very nicely for three days uniced or up to 48 hours iced and also freeze well. Perfect to make in advance of a last minute pre-Olympic Triple Jump practice session
  • The cakes are adapted from this brilliant recipe from BBC Good Food- I've used a vanilla buttercream icing rather than the suggested white chocolate frosting
  • This bake is winging its way over to this month's One Ingredient blogging challenge, which is hosted by Working London Mummy and the theme is strawberries. And is also my entry for this month's Tea Time Treats hosted!


  1. These look lovely...

    By the way congratulations on your engagement...I'm a bit behind with blog reading and just catching up...


  2. They look so cute! I'll be in France for the Olympics, but we were reading the local paper and the cycle race comes right through Petersham and Ham, in fact the roads will be closed for the weekend so only emergency access (or cross the river and get a bus in Teddington!) My son is really looking forward to it and plans to have a few friends over and watch the races on both days.
    It sounds like you'll have a great time working at the ceremonies, and I'm sure you'll be the most popular member of your team, even without your delicious cakes:-)

  3. The colour and pattern of the berries on top look so pretty. I also love that there are ground almonds in the recipe, bet it tastes delicious.

  4. These look perfect and quite frankly delicious!!! Cupcakes and berries...what more can you want!! Glad to see you're supporting Team GB! I'm so excited about the Olympics too...what are you doing in the ceremonies? :-)

  5. Very pretty - I do like fresh fruit with my cake! You sound very excited about your role in the Olympics - do hope you're going to keep us all up to date with what it's like for those of us who can't make it!

  6. Love your decoration - it looks like the strawberry has a blueberry life-ring...maybe he's drowning in buttercream?!

  7. Those are FABULOUS Kate, so patriotic and GO TEAM GB in feeling! I LOVE strawberries and blueberries together, I LOVE all fruit in cakes actually and these are a FAB Tea Time Treats entry!

  8. I'm the same, so incredibly excited for the olympics! I am involved too, volunteering at the Olympic Park and involved in the Paralympic ceremonies. I cannot wait! And your cakes are very pretty!

  9. Stunning cakes really yummy and yet with all that fruit probably good for you too! X


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