Sunday 22 July 2012

50th cupcakes

My best mate's husband turned 50 today and a big group of us went to the pub for Sunday lunch to celebrate.  I made a cupcake tower with lemon curd and vanilla bakewell cupcakes.  They went pretty swiftly but I managed to grab a piccie before everyone arrived!

Tuesday 10 July 2012

maple banana upside down cake

I'm not a huge fan of bananas in food - I eat lots of bananas just as they are (but only if they're underripe - too yellow and I gag) but my hubby loves banana flavoured things.  We had a glut of bananas to use up so I decided to twist a Bill Granger recipe I'd seen for upside down banana cake. 

I made a standard sponge but added a tablespoon of maple syrup to the mixture.  I then made a caramel with unsalted butter, soft brown sugar and more maple and poured that into a silicone mould (for ease of turning out)   Added 3 sliced bananas (Bill does his in half lengthways, which looks pretty, but I only had a square mould not a round one so I improvised!) and spread the cake mix on top. 

We ate it warm with vanilla ice-cream and it was surprisingly good for something full of nana's!  The crunchy maple edges were my favourite bits though.  It kept well and was OK cold too.