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It’s official, Christmas is only a month away, and I’m pleased to say I’ve got almost all of my Christmas shopping done – or at least planned. I’m on fire this year! I used to love Christmas shopping. I still do, but it seems like the shopping malls are so much more chaotic over here in the UK (especially the parking lots!), so I’ve resorted to doing most of my shopping online this year. There’s loads of great online shops in the UK that sell some really unique things – something I don’t really remember having when I lived in Canada (yes we had online store, just not very good ones – at the time). So if you’re like me and don’t feel like braving the masses this year, then you’re in luck because I’ve got some great reviews coming your way that should hopefully help ease the shopping process for you!
I loved the fact that I could use our oven to cook dinner, and at the same time bake dessert using this mini cupcake maker on our countertop. I ended up making some chocolate malt cupcakes that have been on my “to bake list” for at least two years now. They baked up great in this little machine – nice and moist with perfectly domed tops (which I’m sure also has a lot to do with the recipe). I think my only point of criticism is that the cupcakes were small – I prefer regular sized cupcakes unless I’m at a party or somewhere where there’ll be multiple desserts. But I can totally see this cupcake maker becoming the centre of attention at a girls slumber party where everyone could get a chance to bake and decorate a few cupcakes.
Chocolate Malt Cupcakes
Recipe from That Winsome Girl
2 1/4 Cups Flour
3/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
1/2 Cup Castor Sugar
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar, packed
1 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 Cup Whole Milk
1 1/2 Cups Malted Milk Powder
1 Cup Oil
3 Eggs, room temperature
1 Cup Sour Cream, room temperature
1 tspVanilla Extract
1 Cup Butter,room temperature
1 Cup Vegetable Shortening (Crisco or Trex), room temperature
1/2 Cup Malted Milk Powder
4 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
5 Cups Icing Sugar, sifted
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins (or mini cupcake maker) with paper liners. Whisk together the flour, cocoa, brown and white sugars, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
2. In another bowl, whisk the milk and malted milk powder together until the powder is dissolved. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the flour mixture, milk mixture and oil until combined.
3. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated. Add in sour cream and vanilla, and beat just until combined.
4. Divide batter evenly among the lined cups, filling each 2/3 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in centres comes out clean. Cool before icing.
5. While the cupcakes are cooling, prepare the frosting. In a large mixer bowl, cream the butter and shorting together for several minutes until very light and fluffy. Sprinkle in the malted milk powder and cocoa powder. Whip for 1 minute. Add the powdered sugar a few spoonfuls at a time, letting it incorporate until the frosting becomes thick and stiff before piping onto your cooled cupcakes.
Overall I was really impressed with the this little gadget. I can totally see it on the top of many girls Christmas lists this year, especially those aged about 8 – 14, but really anyone can use it. And at only £16.99 it’s not going to break the bank. As for the recipe, while I thought it was good it wasn’t my favourite. The flavours were quite subtle, and I prefer a richer more chocolately flavour. My Malteser (aka Whoppers) loving friends thought they were great though.
Thanks to Find Me A Gift for providing me with the mini cupcake maker for review.
Apologies for the horrific quality and lack of photos from the show, but it was so crowded I didn’t take many.
I really can’t comment on the rest of the show because it was so ridiculously crowded and poorly laid out that I couldn’t muster up the energy to push my way through the crowds. In the end I spent the majority of my time waiting for and watching a couple of the smaller demonstrations, which also allowed me to sit down. I did explore the retail stalls nearer to the end of the show once the crowds had thinned out. The retails stalls were a lot of the same ones I’d seen at Cake International earlier in the year, but with a much smaller selection of products and mainly geared to cupcakes, and a bit of sugarcraft. Aside from a few specialty flour sellers, I saw very little in the way of baking anything other than cupcakes. I will say that I was very impressed with the colour range of the Squires Kitchen cupcake cases though.
Negatives aside, I accomplished what I wanted to get out of the show. I managed to purchase Edd Kimber’s new book, and have him sign it. I even got to see Marry Berry up close before she was whisked away by her team of security (15 minutes prior to the scheduled end of her book signing I might add). I got to sit in on two excellent flower demonstrations by Peggy Porschen and her team – both free, and in a more private setting with better lighting than the rest of the paid classrooms. And I really did enjoy the hand painted cakes class instructed by Natasha Collins of Nevie-Pie Cakes. I came away with a clear understanding of what materials and techniques are involved in order to create gorgeous hand painted cakes and cookies, but I only wish we would have had a chance to put some of those techniques to use on a fondant covered cookie.