Monday, 30 May 2011

A Relaxing Weekend

Thank you for your comments on yesterdays post, I am glad it made you smile and yes I am very proud of Aidan for doing so well :-)

I have had a lovely relaxing long weekend, I have read, baked, cross stitched, spent time with Family and it was just what was needed before I begin my 1st week of working Full Time in over 2 and a half years, bit daunted by it but I am sure it will be fine when I work out a routine.

The oven is in and working now which is wonderful, and this morning I christened it by baking some Beetroot Cupcakes. They are moist, absolutely delicious and not at all Earthy as I feared.

The recipe is from "Eat Me by Cookie Girl"

3 Large Eggs
2 tbsp Milk
100ml Sunflower oil
110g Caster sugar
100g Plain flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
85g Grated Raw Beetroot
55g Roasted Hazelnuts
1/2 tsp Cinnamon

110g Unsalted Butter
110g Cream Cheese
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
450g Icing sugar (I actaully only used 300g)
I also added a tiny amount of pink food colouring
  • Preheat oven to 170c / Gas 3, line 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases
  • Whisk the yolks and milk together.
  • In a seperate bowl whisk the oil and sugar together and add this to the egg mixture
  • Sift the flour and baking powder to the batter.
  • Add the beetroot, hazelnuts, and cinnamon.
  • In a clean bowl whisk egg whites until they form stiff peaks, gently fold this into the pink batter.
  • Divide the mixture between the paper cases and bake for approx 20 mins, allow to cool on a wire rack when cooked.
  • For the Icing, whisk the butter and cream cheese together. Then add the vanilla extract, pink colouring and add the icing sugar a little at a time until fully combined. Pipe the icing onto the cakes or spread it onto them with a palette knife.
I hope you have all had a relaxing weekend too x x


  1. I hate beetroot and have always been put off making cakes or cupcakes with this vegetable. Glad to hear it does not taste earthy as I too always imagined!


  2. No cakes for poor old Sft!

    Still yours are safe as I can look at them and know they won't be passing my lips!

    Sft x

  3. SFT but its got vegetables in it therefore its healthy ;-)

    Maria, Chris hates Beetroot so I didn't tell him what they were and he said how yummy and moist they were, he didn't realise they were Beetroot until I told him.


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