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Baking for the office – carrot cupcakes

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So, I’ve made carrot cupcakes before and used the same recipe.

I just thought I’d show you the cute little decorations I did when I took some into work.

I made them out of block icing which I coloured and shaped and they went down really well!

Carrot Cupcakes

Carrot Cupcakes

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Little Lemon Cupcakes

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Little Lemon Cupcakes

Today I’ve baked little lemon cupcakes.

The base is just a simple vanilla sponge. The icing is butter cream with lemon juice.

They’re very light and the icing is really smooth and creamy. Yum.

I’ve become better at piping the icing recently and I think it’s to do with the consistency of the butter cream. This is 6oz (170g) of icing sugar, 3oz (85g) of soft butter and then the juice of one lemon.

Mum and Dad bought me a piping bag for Christmas and so I used that to decorate them nicely 🙂

Weight Watchers’ Mini Lemon Cup Cakes

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Now before I start this story I should probably list my essentials for baking:

  • mixing bowl
  • wooden spoon
  • whisk
  • cake tin
  • scales

Now I’ll list the contents of my boyfriend, Joe’s kitchen:

  • pint glass
  • teaspoon
  • baking tray

There may be a few other bits and pieces lying around but that’s about it.

So, spending last week with Joe and his house mates I decided to try out a very basic baking kit which just required water and a quick stir. I found this with Weight Watchers’ Mini Lemon Cupcake Mix.

Mini Lemon Cupcake Mix

The preparation and bake were really, really easy. I literally just added water to the cake mix and stirred. The box included cake cases so I just put them on a flat baking tray once filled and they only needed 8 minutes in the oven. The icing was exactly the same, just a dab of water and a stir.

The cakes themselves were tiny, which I guess is why you can eat one while dieting, and the lemon icing was extremely sharp. They were quite heavy and altogether quite disappointing.

They were probably the best I could do with such minimal effort but I was left feeling unsatisfied. If you’re on a diet just don’t eat cake and if you want a quick easy solution to your cake needs buy a different brand.

Weight Watchers Mini Lemon Cupcake Mix: 3/10