Monday, October 31


The little Miss and I decided to do some cooking yesterday, we decided to make some cupcakes, they're always a bit of a hit in our house.  I did a web search and found a simple recipe for us to make together,  we decided to give this one a try.

2 cups self raising flour
¾ cup caster sugar
¾ cup milk
125g butter, melted and cooled
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Icing (my own creation)
1½ cups icing sugar
2 teaspoons butter
milk ( enough to make a smooth paste)

1. Preheat oven to 200℃.  Grease a 12 x ⅓ cup capacity muffin pan.  Alternatively, line holes with paper cases.  Combine flour and caster sugar in a bowl.  Make a well in the centre.
2. Add milk, butter, eggs and vanilla to flour mixture.  Using a large metal spoon, stir gently to combine.
3. Spoon mixture into prepared muffin pan.  Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.  Stand in pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
4. Make icing.  Sift icing sugar into a bowl.  Add butter and mix till combined then add enough milk to make a spreadable paste.  Add colouring and decorate cupcakes.
On the web I've seen lots of rainbow cakes and wanted to try it out using some new natural Hopper food colouring I bought recently. The colour is quite faint in the cake mix but it came out nice and bright when I added it to the icing.  The little Miss enjoyed topping the cupcakes off with some Hopper sprinkles. I feel passionately about giving the girls fun but natural food to eat so I thought I would share some natural food colouring I discovered.
Today marks the last day of blogtober, I can't believe I managed to achieve a post a day but sad to see another month gone so now I'll need concentrate on Christmas.  Thank you for everyone who has stopped by and to new friends who have decided to stay and follow and thanks to our host Tinniegirl.

I might have a little break for a few days around here and catch up on some needed visits.  Have a terrific Tuesday my friends


  1. pretty and yummy -I read somewhere the cupcakes were taking over the world - oh sweet surrender!

  2. Catherine you deserve a break after all this posting :)
    The cupcakes look yummy!

  3. Look at those cupcakes yummy and the colour I'm going to try this one my little ones will love this but I will keep some for me too such a sweet tooth I have. Thank you so much for sharing my friend, have a lovely day tomorrow.

    Always Wendy

  4. I use the natural colouring too but find it a little fussy to work with as it seems to hate egg and change to very odd colours. melx

  5. A similar recipe to the one I use. I love melt and mix - so much quicker and easier. The purple colour in the icing really grabbed my attention. Looks gorgeous.

  6. These cupcakes are beautiful, I love purple and the decoration is very attractive

  7. That looks yummy! I can never seem to ice cakes properly. Have a nice break xx

  8. Terrific find! Where did you find the Hopper products?

  9. Love, love, love the purple!! Yummo:) Wishing you a wonderful week ahead ~ xx

  10. they look wonderful! love purple and love cupcakes. lovely photos, as always. x


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