Sunday, 11 November 2012

The Best Baking Inventions Yet To Be Invented ... and Bakewell Cupcakes

1. Non-exploding Icing Sugar.

2. The Ultimate Kitchen Timer. This timer will not only beep-beep but very handily make useful announcements in the voice of Mary Berry, such as: 'Take this cake out now! I know it looks like it could do with a minute or two more, but it will burn! BURN I TELL YOU!'

3. Everlasting cake. The clue is in the title really but think Willy Wonka's Everlasting Gobstopper

4. Calorie-free, dentist-friendly cake (equals guilt free seconds!)

5. A dishwasher emptier, alongside ...

6. ... the self-cleaning kitchen. 'nuff said

7. A bottomless storage cupboard. For those of us with teeny-tiny bijou kitchens necessitating baking paraphenalia crammed in every single nook and cranny. Yes, my oven doubles up as storage space.

8. A perfect, works-every-time macaroon recipe

9. A free Baking Delivery Service available 24 hours a day. Perfect for those late night cupcake baking sessions when you realise half way through that you've run out of butter....and baking powder.... and flour...

10. A camelbak style hydration system for when bakes go really, really wrong and you need access to a litre of cooled wine fast

Bakewell cupcakes

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

For the decoration:
90g cherry jam
250g icing sugar
3-4 tbsp water
12 cherries
A handful of blanched almonds

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 almond extract
3. Pop the sugar, flour, baking powder and ground 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: mix the icing sugar and water together until smooth 
7. Spoon a tsp of cherry jam, followed by the icing  on top of each cake and decorate with the cherries and almonds

Baker's notes...
  • This recipe was originally inspired by last year's Great British Bake Off when it was baked by contestant Holly Bell
  • I can't quite remember the judge's comments but I imagine Mary Berry smiled kindly and said something nice and Mel-n-Sue hoovered up the crumbs


  1. My best baking invention would be an expandable worktop, one that concertinas out when you have filled up all the available surfaces with washing up and cake-mix splodges, then politely tips everything into a nice bin, without breaking anything, sorts it all out and loads it in the dishwasher. I think that's called a servant !!

    The bakewell cupcakes look delicious. I can just imagine the little surprise of cherry jam hiding beneath the icing - yum !!

  2. Since I moved into my flat (7 years a go) I have never once used the dishwasher as a dishwasher. I use it as a cupboard.

  3. Fab ideas, though I never use a timer, I bake by the look and touch method! Most of my baking paraphanalia is stored in the garage, which means the car is on the road!
    Your cakes look so pretty and the recipe is lovely.

  4. I would also like an expandable worktop! I appear to have a special ability to cover every available work surface when baking. Love your cupcakes, I'm a sucker for bakewell flavours.

  5. The cakes look fantastic!

    P.s. My oven is also a cupboard - had to get used to checking it's empty before switching it on... I did forget once and had to work out what the strange smell was... Turns out plastic handles are not lovers of oven heat!

    Definitely want one of those timers, minute minder a bit boring in comparison!


  6. What a lovely recipe Kate and such a nice nutty and cherry topping too! Karen

  7. Yes! You need to make all these inventions happen please :-)
    ps love the cupcakes - Mary Berry would b proud.

  8. Hmmmmmmmmm, you've pretty much covered the bases there ... although a never ending supply of chocolate would be very nice ..... or maybe even tempered chocolate that you don;t have to spend all that time faffing with yourself. Lovely little cuppies to bring us all back to reality ;0)

  9. Yes, non exploding icing sugar would be a very helpful invention - whilst my stomach is perfectly happy with my use of icing sugar, my lungs are less appreciative. And a washer-upper-er would be just dandy too!

  10. ooh a self cleaning kitchen - yes please. Can I come and do a Mel and Sue impression and hoover up the crumbs for you?

  11. This is wonderful! I too am blessed with a spatially challenged kitchen and so bottomless storage and self cleaning would be a massive aid! I wish I had thought of this post myself - genius!


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