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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

{How cute is this?}

I discovered these gorgeous cute printable confection goodies over at . Designed by Shabby Princess. These are just too cute for kids parties, Easter table decorations and what about Mother's Day? With Mother's Day coming up this weekend, these are so perfect! Don't you just love those little paper trims for cupcakes?Plus - on sale now for $2.95!! {Image is clickable}.

On the topic of cupcakes, I baked the most yummy ones yesterday! I am off to art class shortly and it's my turn to take along a coffee-break treat. So cupcakes it is! I found a really good recipe in the latest Your Family magazine which is simply delicious!
The cakes are really light and spongey. I topped them off with a cream cheese frosting which I discovered at All Recipes on the net. You can find the recipe here . I halved the recipe and it iced 24 cupcakes easily. I used Lancewood Cream cheese for the recipe. 1 package is enough for 1/2 the icing recipe. {8 ounces is equivalent to 1 cup (250ml)}. I added the juice of 1/2 a lemon and the zest of 1 lemon to the icing. I piped the icing onto each cake and then sprinkled a little extra lemon zest ontop. Just adds a little 'zing' to the frosting.

I plan on making these for mother's Day on Sunday, finishing them off with these cute paper trims!

Here's the recipe for the cupcakes: Yum!!

3 eggs
180ml sugar
125ml boiling water
100ml oil
5ml vanilla essence
250ml cake flour, sifted
10ml baking powder

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C (375F)
Place 24 paper cupcake liners in cupcake pan. (Helps them to retain their shape).
Whisk the eggs and sugar together until light and creamy.
Mix together the boiling water, oil and vanilla essence.
Sift flour and baking powder together.
While mixing, add a scoop of the flour mixture , alternating with a splash of the water & oil mixture, continuing until both mixtures are used up.
Fill the cupcake liners 3/4 full. Bake for around 12-14 minutes.
Allow to cool and then ice with the very yummy and 'moreish' cream cheese frosting.

Happy baking!

PS: I have separated my Life365 from this blog - you can find it here. I plan on documenting my everyday life here and posting my layouts of my Project 365. Pixels and Paperie will from now on just be about my creative side.....