Blue teeaaaaaal.

Teal is one of my favourite colours right now and I really want to try out the teal colouring gel I just got. I also really wanted to test out these black and white dotty cups I bought. Decided to go with something simple but not overly plain, so I made Vanilla Chocolate Chip Cupcakes.

Vanilla Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
(actually just vanilla butter cakes with added chocolate chips)

1 cup self raising flour
90g softened butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup caster sugar
2 eggs
2 tablespoons milk
A handful or two of chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 180 C.
Sift flour into bowl, add butter, vanilla extract, sugar, eggs and milk.
Beat together until ingredients are combined and the mixture changes to a paler colour.
Bake for 20 minutes.

The paper cups I used didn't really work as nicely as I had hoped. The ended up completely covered in grease from the mixture. I put them into a second cup to hide it but those just looked even worse. Bit of a bugger. I think if I really wanted to use them again I would bake them in plain cups and then pop them into the black and white dotty ones.

Vanilla Butter Cream Frosting

125g softened butter
240g icing sugar
2 tablespoons milk

Beat together. I then added in a little bit of whitener so that they yellow from the butter wouldn't effect the teal, and then popped in some teal colouring gel. They came out a lot bluer than I would have liked but the colour is still stunning!

Carly made some adorable chocolate sugar cookies in the shape of bunnies and hearts to go with the cupcakes. They tasted delicious! I'll eventually make some of these too and I'll post the recipe then.

TIP: All cupcakes should really be eaten as a cupcake sandwich, as shown in one of the pictures above. Makes them so much easier to eat when they have so much frosting! Just break the cake part in two and take the bottom half and plonk it over the frosting and squish down. Nom nom nom!


I recently got the recipe for the chocolate cake my mum makes which I had grown up with and decided to test it out in cupcake form. So these were my Chocolate and Golden Syrup Cupcakes... (I added golden syrup into the title of these because although the cake itself is just a normal chocolate cake, the golden syrup in it really stands out to me - enough to make it a prominent flavour).

Chocolate and Golden Syrup Cupcakes

1 cup sugar
113g butter
2 tablespoons golden syrup
1 egg
2 tablespoons cocoa
1/5 cup boiling water
2 cups self raising flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup milk

Preheat oven to 180 C.
Beat butter and sugar together till creamy. Add egg and golden syrup.
Dissolve cocoa in boiling water and add to mixture.
Add sifted flour.
Add baking soda dissolved in milk.
Bake until done (maybe 20-25 mins)

And of course I used my usual Cream Cheese Frosting recipe (60g softened butter, 160g cream cheese and 3 cups icing sugar) which I split in two. One batch I added whitener to and the other I added some purple colouring gel. Once piped onto the cupcakes I added some chocolate sprinkles on top. Voila!