Earl Grey Cupcakes

Earl Grey CupcakesI have another confession to make….I’ve not actually tried to make these yet but it’s on the agenda for Sunday afternoon this weekend. I have however eaten LOTS of them and they taste so good!

Serves                        Makes 12 cupcakes

Prep Time                 20 minutes

Cooking Time         20 minutes

Calories                      Who cares?! These are meant to be a treat!


2 earl grey tea bags

Butter (for greasing)

60 ml boiling water

80 ml milk

100 g unsalted butter (at room temperature)

2 eggs

160 g caster sugar

190 g self-raising flour

230 g icing sugar

1½ teaspoons breakfast marmalade

1½ teaspoons orange juice


1. Preheat oven to 180. Brush 12 medium muffin pans with room temperature butter to lightly grease.

2. Empty the tea leaves from the tea bags into a cup and add the boiling water. Set aside for 3 minutes.

3. Stir in the milk and then transfer to a large bowl. Add the butter, eggs, sugar and flour to the tea mixture. Beat the mixture until pale and creamy (it may look slightly curdled).

4. Spoon the mixture evenly into the greased muffin pan. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until golden. Remove from the oven and set aside for 2-3 minutes to cool.

5. Combine the icing sugar and marmalade in a small bowl. Add enough juice to make a very thick paste. Use a teaspoon dipped in hot water to spread the icing over the tops of the cooled cakes.



Gooey Chocolate Brownies – Jamie Oliver

Gooey ChocolateBrowniesThis recipe is one of my favourite baking recipes. It’s a Jamie Oliver one which means they’re super easy and delicious. The baking time below is a guideline but I would recommend keeping a close eye on them as you don’t want them to become overcooked and no longer gooey. I’ve baked these in a couple of different ovens and each one has taken a different amount of time to get perfect.

Serves                        Makes 10-12 slices

Prep Time                 20 minutes

Cooking Time         25 minutes

Calories                      Who cares?! These are meant to be a treat!


200g good quality dark chocolate (preferably around 70%)

250g unsalted butter

80g cocoa powder

65g plain flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

350g caster sugar

4 large eggs


1. Pre-heat your oven to 180ºC/350ºF/Gas Mark 4 and line a rectangular baking tin with greaseproof paper.

2. Break the chocolate up into small pieces. Melt the chocolate and butter together in a large bowl over simmering water. Stir until smooth.

3. In a separate bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder and sugar.

4. Slowly mix the melted chocolate mix into the bowl with the dry ingredients (a little bit at a time works well) and stir together. Beat the eggs and mix in until you have a silky consistency.

5. Pour the brownie mix into the baking tray and place in the oven for around 25 minutes. You want the brownies to be gooey so you don’t want them to be firm to the touch.