Blogmas Day 2: Gingerbread Cupcakes

I was sooooooooo excited to make these cupcakes after finding them in my recipe book! πŸ˜€ They are honestly so good and taste amazing! Just don’t eat too many in one go cause they’re really rich (well the icing is anyway)!

The recipe says this makes 12-16 cupcakes (in muffin cases), but I ended up making around 20 with the mix because there is a lot of it!

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Ingredients

140g unsalted butter (or Stork)

200g caster sugar

60g black treacle

60g golden syrup

2 large eggs

2 egg yolks

310g plain flour

1 tbsp cocoa powder

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp gound cinnamon

1 tsp ground nutmeg

2 tsp baking powder

240 ml hot milk (I warmed it in the microwave)

For the icing:

600g icing sugar

100g unsalted butter

250g full fat cream cheese

1 tsp finely grated lemon zest

Edible Christmas decorations – I used these from Hobbycraft and the biscuits from Tesco

1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 (190 degrees) and line the muffin tins with muffin cases.

2. Cream together the butter and caster sugar until pale and fluffy, then add in the treacle, golden syrup, eggs and egg yolks and continue mixing until everything is well mixed together.

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3. Sieve together the flour, cocoa powder, spices and baking powder together then add to the egg mix in batches, alternating with the hot milk. Don’t add the milk all in one go or it’ll curdle! Once everything is in the bowl turn the electric mixer up to medium and beat for a while longer until the batter is smooth.

4. Divide the batter into the muffin cases (I used an ice cream scoop to equally divide it) and fill them to 2/3 full. Bake for 18-20 mins then once cooked allow them to cool for a little in the tin before moving to a cooling rack.

5. To make the frosting, using an electric mixer, beat together the icing sugar with butter until the butter isn’t in large clumps, then add the cream cheese and mix on a high speed until light and fluffy. Stir in the lemon zest.

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6. Pipe or spoon the icing onto the cupcakes and top with the gingerbread or other Christmas decorations.

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So there we have Blogmas Day 2! πŸ™‚ Are you enjoying blogmas so far?

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Quick Catch Up

I wanted to start off by apologising for being a little AWOL the last week or so. I’ve been really busy finishing off my dissertation, moving out of my room at uni, unpacking everything back at home, going back to uni to give my final presentation and then buying and picking up my first car!

So I’ve finished uni! :O I’ve finished my masters and I vow I’m never doing it again. It isn’t that I haven’t enjoyed it, it has just been very stressful at times! Especially exams! Just you wait, you’ll probably see me doing a PhD in a couple of years time cause I’ll want to be a student again! πŸ˜› Anyway, I gave my final presentation for my masters on Friday and I think it went well. Well my project supervisor said it was really good which is also a good sign! I also had a great surprise. I won a prize! They gave out 2 prizes on Friday for the course, and out of the 18 of us on the course I won the prize for getting the best mark in the taught part (so in all the exams and coursework) of the degree! I knew I’d done well, but I didn’t know I’d done that well!

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It’s mad really when you think about my A Level grades and where I am now!

I’ve now moved back home too which I like. I miss my parents sooooo much when I’m away at uni! I’m very close to my family so it is nice to be home πŸ™‚ Although at the moment I’m trying to get used to eating a bit later again as I used to eat dinner really early at uni!

I feel like such an adult now too! I’ve bought a car. I’d saved up the money to do so and suddenly a car exactly what I was looking for came up. So although I haven’t yet got a job I’ve bought a car :O It will be so exciting to be able to get myself around a bit more again! (My car is called Ruby if anyone was wondering!)

So that’s all for my little catch up! I’m now just applying for jobs again so I’ll be around again a bit more πŸ™‚

See you all soon πŸ™‚

 

Sunshine Blogger Award

A couple of weeks ago now An Historian About Town nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank you! I love her blog so everyone should go visit before reading this! πŸ™‚

Sunshine Blogger Award

Rules for the Sunshine Blogger Award:Β 

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated them and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated them.
  3. Nominate 11 other blogs and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  4. Notify your nominees and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post/ on your blog!

 

Questions that An Historian About Town asked me (to be answered only with pictures and videos!)

1. Favourite boy band singalong track?

2. Favourite blog?

I can’t pick one! All the blogs I follow!
3. Favourite food?

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4. Favourite ridiculous ad?

5. Favourite dance move?

Ermmmmm……
6. Favourite holiday?

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7. Favourite pair of shoes?

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8. Favourite person?

My mum, but I don’t think she’ll appreciate me putting a photo up!
9. Favourite meme?

I’m not really in to memes!
10. Favourite teen movie?

11. Favourite commercial from your childhood?

Thanks again for the nomination! πŸ™‚

 

Music is Life Tag

The other week Angela did the music for life tag and I thought it looked like fun so I thought I’d give it a go πŸ™‚

The Music for Life Tag was created byΒ MelissaΒ over at The Bookish Wanderer.

Rules:

  1. Mention/link the original creator of this tag (me,) and the person who tagged you!
  2. For all 13 questions, name an artist/band/song as an answer and if you’d like, add some sort of photo or link so people can find the music you are talking aboutΒ πŸ™‚
  3. Tag as many people as you want that love music as much as you do.

Suburbia – Name an artist (or band) that you can fall in and out of love with, but will always return to.

 

Coldplay – I go through phases of liking Coldplay

Last Day Alive – Name an album that could be the soundtrack to your life.Β 

 

Lines, Vines and Trying Times by Jonas Brothers.

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Yes I know, laugh! Jonas brothers! But I enjoy their songs.

Mad Sounds – Headphones or earbuds?

Earbuds. Headphones are OK for a short amount of time but I can’t wear them with my glasses on for long periods.

On Hold – What is the number one artist (or band) that is on your concert bucket list?

I think I’d quite like to see Coldplay.

One Love – If you had to listen to the same album for the rest of your life, what would it be?

+ by Ed Sheeran

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A Little Help From My Friends – What is your anthem song between you and your best friends?

I don’t think we have one.

Shut Up & Dance – What is the perfect dance song?

Hot N Cold – Katy Parry

Something Just Like This – What song screams β€˜epic love’ to you?

Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding

I absolutely love this song

Cherry Wine – Name a song you love that isn’t what it seems at first!

Erm… Can’t think of one!

After Glow – Name a song that will always put you in a good mood no matter what.

Castle on the Hill – Ed Sheeran

I think it might possibly be his favourite song yet of mine πŸ™‚

Dope – Name a song that makes you feel bad ass.

Shake it Off by Taylor Swift XD

No idea why through!

Bad Habit – What is your β€˜guilty-pleasure’ song that you know all the lyrics to?

You’ll Always Find Your Way Back Home – Miley Cyrus

I mean I’m so sad but sometimes you just need a song like that to pick you up!

Digital Bath – CD or downloads?

It depends which is cheaper to be honest. The last album I bought was Divide by Ed Sheeran. I bought the CD because it came with a digital download and the CD+digital download was 1p more expensive than just the digital download. So I figured I may as well pay 1p extra to get the CD too!

I hope you enjoyed my answers to this tag. I nominate everyone who wants to do this!! πŸ™‚