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Butternut Squash Muffins with Yoghurt Icing

This post is long overdue. I promised to share this recipe ages ago. These cakes are both very tasty and healthy, being full of butternut squash and iced with yoghurt. Also a great way of getting hidden veggies into kids. A very tasty bake for afternoon tea.

And with Halloween just round the corner, you could easily make them with pumpkin instead of butternut squash. And jazz them up with some spooky Halloween designs like spiders webs and witches hats on the icing.

Butternut Squash Muffins

Butternut Squash Muffins

Ingredients (makes 12)

200g plain flour
200g grated butternut squash
200g caster sugar
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
few drops vanilla essence
100ml milk
50ml sunflower oil
1 large egg
100ml boiling water

Method

Preheat fan oven to 160 degree C.
Boil a kettle of water.
Line a 12 hole muffin tray with paper cases.
Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Add the milk, vanilla essence, oil and boiling water.
Mix together either by hand or with an electric mixer.
Beat the egg and whisk in.
Fold the butternut squash into the mixture.
Fill the cases to about 3/4 full.
Bake for about 20 mins in centre of oven until golden brown.
Allow to cool before icing.

Vanilla Yoghurt Icing

Ingredients

500g pot of vanilla yoghurt

Method

Pour the yogurt into a clean draw-string cloth bag.
(If you don’t have a bag, you may use a tea towel and string).
Tie the bag to the handle of an open drawer.
Put a bowl underneath.
Strain it for at least 3 hours until the yoghurt is thick, but preferably overnight.
Remove from bag into a basin.
Ice the muffins.
Serve and enjoy.

If you don’t have time to strain yoghurt you may alternatively make cream cheese icing.

butternut squash muffins

Disclosure.  This post is my entry to the Great Denby Cake Off Blogging Competition.
And I’m also entering this post to a Halloween baking competition hosted by Cakeyboi in association with Kleeneze.

Sugar and Crumbs review and giveaway – part 3 Coffee Cake

This is my third post in a series of posts reviewing Sugar and Crumbs products which I received free to review. Sugar and Crumbs are an online store who sell a range of natural flavoured icing sugar and cocoa powder. I received the following products in a handy reusable shopping bag along with a fridge magnet.
Salted Caramel Icing Sugar
Coffee Icing Sugar
Key Lime Icing Sugar
Chocolate Lime Cocoa Powder

With just the Coffee Icing Sugar left to review I decided to make a Coffee Cake. I did contemplate making a more traditional Coffee and Walnut cake, but my boys aren’t keen on nuts. But one thing to point out is that none of the Sugar and Crumbs products are suitable for anyone with nut allergies, due to the manufacturing process.

Previously I posted a review of Sugar and Crumbs Salted Caramel Icing with my Carrot Muffins recipe. I followed this up by baking a Chocolate Lime Cake to review  the Chocolate Lime Cocoa Powder and the Key Lime Icing Sugar.

Coffee Cake

Ingredients

225g margarine
225g caster sugar
225g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
4 eggs
4 level tsp instant coffee, dissolved in 1 tbsp boiling water

Method

Preheat oven to 180 degree C / 160 fan / Gas mark 4.
Grease and line a pair of 20cm diameter cake tins.
In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and sugar.
Beat in the eggs.
Fold in the flour and baking powder.
Dissolve the coffee and stir in well until thoroughly blended.
Spoon into the tins.
Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes.
Turn the cakes out onto a cooling rack.
Allow to cool completely before icing.

Coffee Buttercream Icing

Ingredients

125g Sugar and Crumbs coffee icing sugar
63g butter

Method

Ensure the butter is softened first.
Beat the butter and icing sugar together, either by hand or using an electric mixer.
Spread half the icing on bottom layer of cake.
Sandwich the top layer on.
Spread remaining icing on top of the cake.
Serve and enjoy.

Coffee cake has always been one of my favourites and this one lived up to my expectations. Absolutely delicious and all the family agreed too.

The icing sugar costs £2.99 for 250g or £4.99 for 500g so it is significantly more expensive than standard icing sugar at the supermarket, which is currently about £1 for 500g. I leave it to you the reader to decide if these products are right for you? For me personally, I would buy them to use when baking a special treat.

So do take a look at the Sugar and Crumbs website to see all their other flavours of icing sugar and cocoa powder. They have an interesting range, which are all naturally flavoured. Which is your favourite? They sell cake toppers, sugarpaste and sprinkles too and have some bundle special offers. They have recently introduced a Hot Cross Bunny flavour and are also planning to launch some more new flavours after Easter.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition courtesy of Sugar And Crumbs to giveaway £10 worth of their products of the winner’s choice to one lucky person.

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If you can’t see the Rafflecopter box above, either click the Rafflecopter link or you may alternatively enter via my Facebook page.

Disclosure.  This post is a review of products I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

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Chocolate Lime Cake recipe

This is my second post in a series of posts reviewing Sugar and Crumbs products which I received free to review. Sugar and Crumbs are an online store who sell a range of natural flavoured icing sugar and cocoa powder. I received the following products in a handy reusable shopping bag along with a fridge magnet.
Salted Caramel Icing Sugar
Coffee Icing Sugar
Key Lime Icing Sugar
Chocolate Lime Cocoa Powder

Earlier this month, I posted a review of Sugar and Crumbs Salted Caramel Icing with my Carrot Muffins recipe. This time I decided to use two of the products in one recipe, namely the Chocolate Lime Cocoa Powder and the Key Lime Icing Sugar to bake a Chocolate Lime Cake. Lime is not a flavour I have ever used in cooking previously, lemon yes but lime no.

A slice of chocolate lime cake

A slice of chocolate lime cake

Chocolate Lime Cake

Ingredients

175g margarine
175g soft dark brown sugar
135g self raising flour
4 tbsp Sugar and Crumbs chocolate lime cocoa powder
3 eggs
2 tbsp milk

Method

Preheat oven to 200 degree C / 180 fan / Gas mark 6.
Grease and line a 20cm diameter deep cake tin.
In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and sugar.
Beat in the eggs.
Fold in the flour and cocoa powder.
Stir in sufficient milk to give a dropping consistency.
Spoon into the tin.
Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes.
Turn the cake out onto a cooling rack.
Allow to cool completely before icing.

Key Lime Buttercream Icing

Ingredients

125g Sugar and Crumbs key lime icing sugar
63g butter
few drops of green food colouring

Method

Ensure the butter is softened first.
Beat the butter and icing sugar together, either by hand or using an electric mixer.
Add the food colouring and mix through.
Spread on top of the cake.
Serve and enjoy.

The Sugar and Crumbs icing sugars do not contain any colouring, so I decided to add a few drops of green food colouring to my icing in order to give a visual clue as to the flavour of the cake.

I liked the lime aroma, but didn’t particularly enjoy the taste. I was rather disappointed as I absolutely loved the flavour of the salted caramel icing used in my previous recipe, so I had very high expectations. But I don’t remember ever eating a lime cake previously, although I love baking and eating lemon drizzle cake. I now think lime is very much an acquired taste.  Even the kids weren’t particularly sold on this flavour, so my husband ended up eating most of the cake. Now chocolate cake is usually his favourite flavour of cake and normally it doesn’t last long in the tin. But this one certainly hung around for a bit.

The products come in convenient resealable pouches. I’ve still got enough cocoa for 3 more recipes and icing for one more, so I’ll have to put my thinking cap on to see if I can come up with something I do like.

The cocoa costs £2.99 for 125g, £4.99 for 250g or £8.99 for 500g which is more expensive than standard cocoa at the supermarket but only slightly more than top of the range. The icing sugar costs £2.99 for 250g or £4.99 for 500g so it is significantly more expensive than standard icing sugar at the supermarket, which is currently about £1 for 500g. But you have saved yourself having to buy and squeeze fresh limes. I leave it to you the reader to decide if these products are right for you? For me personally, I would buy them to use when baking a special treat, but would choose a different flavour, not lime.

So do take a look at the Sugar and Crumbs website to see all their other flavours of icing sugar and cocoa powder. They have an interesting range, which are all naturally flavoured. Which is your favourite? They sell cake toppers, sugarpaste and sprinkles too and have some bundle special offers.

And finally don’t forget to watch out for my final post in this series, which will also incorporate a giveaway. Post 3 will be published in about 2 weeks time.

As I said, this is the first time I’ve used lime, so I would like to hear what lime flavoured dishes you enjoy?

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of products I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

Sugar and Crumbs review – part 1 Carrot Muffins

I received a selection of Sugar and Crumbs products free to review. Sugar and Crumbs are an online store who sell a range of natural flavoured icing sugar and cocoa powder. I received the following products in a handy reusable shopping bag along with a fridge magnet.
Salted Caramel Icing Sugar
Coffee Icing Sugar
Key Lime Icing Sugar
Chocolate Lime Cocoa Powder

On opening the package and seeing all these goodies inside, my mind was racing with recipe ideas. I was very excited as the only one of these flavours I had even ever made from scratch previously was coffee icing.  Previously I didn’t even know that flavoured icing sugar existed. But since there are several products to review, I’ve decided that I’m going to do a series of posts, featuring a range of recipes using these products. And the final post will also include a giveaway, so keep a look out for details.

So this first post focusses on the Salted Caramel Icing Sugar which I used to ice a batch of Carrot Muffins. Carrot cake or muffins is something I had never tried baking previously, but in January I baked my first batch of butternut squash muffins which were delicious and I thought I could do something similar using carrots. (Sorry still haven’t got round to blogging the butternut squash recipe). Carrot cake is traditionally decorated with cream cheese frosting, but I thought the salted caramel flavour would work well.

Carrot Muffins with Salted Caramel Buttercream Icing

Carrot Muffins with Salted Caramel Buttercream Icing

Carrot Muffins

Ingredients (makes 12)

110g sultanas
300ml warm water
175g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
3 eggs
175ml vegetable oil
75g dark brown soft sugar
225g grated carrots

Method

Combine sultanas and water in a small bowl.
Soak sultanas for 15 minutes, then drain, discarding the water.
Peel and grate the carrots.
Preheat oven to 180 degree C / 160 fan / Gas mark 4.
Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases.
In a large bowl, sieve together flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt and cinnamon.
In a separate bowl, combine eggs, oil and sugar and beat well.
Combine egg mixture and flour mixture and mix just until moistened.
Fold in grated carrots and drained sultanas.
Spoon into prepared muffin tins.
Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 30 minutes.
Allow to cool completely before icing.

Salted Caramel Buttercream Icing

Ingredients (to ice 12 muffins)

125g Sugar and Crumbs salted caramel icing sugar
63g butter

Method

Ensure the butter is softened first.
Beat the butter and icing sugar together, either by hand or using an electric mixer.
Spread on the tops of the muffins.
Serve and enjoy.

And the result was absolutely delicious. The salted caramel flavour really complemented the moist carrot muffins. The packet I received was 250g, so I’m tempted to make the same recipe again. Or should I come up with something different?

This product costs £2.99 for 250g or £4.99 for 500g so it is significantly more expensive than standard icing sugar at the supermarket, which is currently about £1 for 500g. But you have saved yourself having to search for a recipe to make your own caramel icing and some of the effort, as I expect any caramel recipe would start with having to melt butter and brown sugar. I leave it to you the reader to decide if this product is right for you? For me personally, I would buy it to use when baking a special treat.

But do take a look at the Sugar and Crumbs website to see all their other flavours of icing sugar and cocoa powder. They have an interesting range, which are all naturally flavoured. They sell cake toppers, sugarpaste and sprinkles too and have some bundle special offers.

And finally don’t forget to watch out for my other posts in this series. Post 2 will be published in about a week and a half’s time.

Disclosure.  This post is a review of products I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

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