Monday, 13 May 2013

Cupcakes, Posh Potatoes and Edible Glitter

This Thursday is my birthday! I know some people aren’t really interested in their birthdays as they get older but I’m happy to say this hasn’t happened to me yet – I absolutely love mine! As I knew next week would be quite big and exciting, I decided this weekend to have a quiet one and just have some friends round for dinner. On Saturday morning I curled up with a glass of diet coke (obviously) and my two current favourite cookery books…

Cupcake cook book, Great British Bake Off

The Hummingbird Bakery cookbook has just about every cake or dessert you could ever wish to make. Anyone who has never had a Hummingbird Bakery cupcake on the Portobello Road – you’re missing out! How good do these look?

Hummingbird cupcake book

My Mary Berry ‘At Home’ cookery book is also becoming a firm favourite – all the recipes are really simple and easy. I love cookery books. I try to keep them new and shiny but always end up getting them covered in flour and icing sugar! In the end I decided to make Mary Berry’s posh potatoes for dinner.

Potato mix

These are really simple but gorgeous – you just bake up a potato, scoop out the inside, add tomato, pesto and butter, then return to the potatoes and cook for another half an hour.

Uncooked posh potato

Et voila! 

Finished posh potato

I served them up alongside some salad, chips and dips for a perfectly simple, healthy dinner.

Salad, Doritos, dips

On the not so healthy side, I decided to knock up a batch of red velvet cupcakes. I’d never made these before and was a bit dubious when I put them in the oven as they looked a very odd colour… I hopefully watched them cooking…

Oven me

But was pleased to find they came out a perfect red!

Red velvet cupcakes

Once I’d made and piped on the icing (note it had got a bit later in the day by now, and I’d swapped my diet coke for a glass of white wine!)...

Wine and cupcakes

I added something not in the Hummingbird book, but which I personally think should be in every true baker’s collection…edible glitter.

red velvet cupcakes glitter

Doesn’t it just make you happy that this wonderful creation exists?! I have it in several colours but thought as they were red velvet, I’d just create a red dusting.

red velvet glitter

What do you think? My friends seemed suitably happy, as there aren’t any left now!

What did everyone else get up to this weekend? 


  1. I tried making red velvet cake for Valentines day and it was a disaster! Looks like yours turned out much better. The potatoes look delicious. I'll have to give that recipe a go, seems simple enough. xx

    1. Honestly when I put them into the oven I thought 'these will never work', I was amazed! The potatoes are easy, you should definitely give them a try xoxo

  2. Hey there, the potatoes look amazing! I've done them before where you scoop it out, but I've never tried it with pesto before - good idea! The cakes look really great too, and happy birthday for thursday!
    I really love your blog and it’d be great if we could follow each other. Let me know on my blog? Thanks, Sarah x

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  4. Yummy cupcakes! :)

    Hope we can follow each other. Let me know, I'll surely follow back. :) Keep in touch!

  5. Thanks for your comment, I'm now following you back :) xx

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  7. Aww these look SO yummy, I'm actually hungry now hehe! <3 Hope you have a fab b-day hun! (:

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    1. Thank you! Haha I know, talking about food always makes me hungry xxx

  8. I ♥ cupcakes, cool blog. You should make a big deal about your birthday why not... we should follow each other by gfc and bloglovin let me know.

  9. Thx for visiting I'm following by gfc and bloglovin

  10. well those potatoes look scrummy and you can never go wrong with Hummingbird cupcakes. It seems like a lovely weekend :-)

    Francesca xo

  11. Edible glitter is a very good idea! I've just discovered the wonders of red velvet cupcakes. they're my favorites now! But those baked potatoes looked yummy too! Advance happy birthday!

    Btw, I have a Firmoo glasses give-away on my blog. You might want to join! :)

  12. Where did you get the edible glitter?! I would love to get some!!

    1. I actually got it from a food show, but you can buy it on Amazon at least in the UK :) xxx

  13. I love baking i'm definitely going to give these a try :) x
    Lovely blog i have followed you!

  14. Yummie! Love it. I follow you back shall we also follow with facebook ? let me know xse

  15. Hey I just came across your blog and I love it! Great post!
    Feel free to check out my blog, we can also follow each other if you like!

  16. I just became hungry!
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  17. All looks amazing! Hope you have a great bday! :D

    xx MJ

  18. The potatos look lovely! You should be friends with my housemate, she loves cooking and baking and has a million cook books, even a few signed!

    Corinne x

    1. Ahh jealous! I keep adding to my ever growing collection! x

  19. well done! that meal looks amazing!

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  20. Girls, you just made me so, sooooooooo hungry. That sounds delicious:-)

    Lots of Love from Ireland
    Ewelina & Eva

  21. the makeup review is so great <3


  22. Looks great ! Made me hungry !

  23. Wow looks very yumiiiiiiiii...You know how to please a man,you are a great chef ;)


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