Goodbye Summer

1 Mar

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Yesterday marked the end of summer here in Australia, so I chose to mark the event by baking some lovely summery watermelon inspired cupcakes. All the recipes I found were American, so either the measurements needed translating eg. a stick of butter? We measure butter in grams so I am  not sure what a stick is or they contain packet mix, which from an earlier post you may remember is against my baking ethics. I did , however, find an interesting way to add flavour and colour to cakes…jelly crystals.

So I turned to baking bible …Women’s Weekly BakeImage

and found a simple butter cake recipe that I intended to add watermelon flavoured jelly crystals to, but watermelon jelly crystals don’t seem to exist in Australia, despite me standing in the jelly section of the supermarket staring at the jelly and willing them to appear, so I used the next best thing…strawberries and cream flavour.

The ingredients for this recipe were;

250g unsalted butter

1 1/4 cups of caster sugar (I only used one though as I added the jelly crystals)

3 eggs
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1 tsp vanilla

2 1/4 cups of self raising flour

3/4 cup of milk

Method

Cream butter, sugar, vanilla and jelly crystals until light and fluffy, beat in eggs, stir in flour and milk. I also added some extra red food colouring to get just the right watermelony pink. I also added some dark choc chips to imitate the seeds. I then put them in regular sized patty papers and baked for 15-20 minutes on 160 degrees celsius (around 350 F I think)

This is how they looked straight out of the oven

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Then to complete the watermelon look I topped them with bright green icing made with 125g butter, 2 cups icing sugar a splash of milk and of course lots of green colouring.

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They turned out to be a big hit with the fam bam…between hubby and Mr 4 they ate 10 last night while I was at work!

So…watermelon cupcakes, a perfect end to a great Summer!

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2 Responses to “Goodbye Summer”

  1. clairelouise82 March 1, 2013 at 3:36 am #

    Oh these look amazing. As a UK lass who can’t wait for some sunshine. This gives me the perfect idea for a summer garden party I’m planning. Thanks Claire (mummy of many talents).

  2. craftyminx1980 March 1, 2013 at 4:32 am #

    Hi Claire, These would certainly be a wonderful addition to a summer garden party. Good luck with it! Stacie

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