" Charlotte's Cupcake Corner: October 2009

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Vanilla & Raspberry Mini Cheesecakes

Well, here it goes, this recipe was so yummy and easy, I thought I'd share it with you all! Thank You to my darling hubbie for trying the first one. I also had the pleasure of meeting Dawn-Elizabeth Rudd who joined me for a coffee and a chat and tried this pretty little cupcake. Dawn offers lifestyle workshops, one a week in her old vicarage kitchen in Shirley, Derbyshire, so we had quite a lot in common. I'll include the link to her website and you can see which event you'd like to join her for. But, I digress, back to the recipe!

500g philadelphia cream cheese at room temp
100g fairtrade caster sugar
3 large free range eggs, whisked together
1 vanilla pod
175 double cream
200 fairtrade white chocolate, broken/chopped into small pieces (check it's gluten free)
1 punnet raspberries (or 2 depending on how fruity you're feeling)

1 preheat oven to 130 C
2 line muffin tray with cases, silver or pink would be lovely
3 beat together cheese & sugar
4 Gradually add eggs, whisk till combined
5 Scrape seeds from vanilla pod, add to cheese mix& combine well
6 pour cream into saucepan, bring to boil on medium heat
7 add chocolate to cream & mix well until all melted, stir well
8 add chocolate cream to cheese mix and stir until no lumps
9 chop half of your berries and place those into cases
10 pour cheescake mix over berries, fill to just under the rim
11 bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until set but a little soft in the middle, they remain pale in colour
12 cool to room temperature, place in fridge overnight
13 serve with 1 or 3 raspberries on the top of each & a sprinkle of icing sugar

NB you could use mixed berries, a punnet of each raspberries, blueberries & blackberries, or use frozen mixed summer fruit for inside the cup cases, and fresh raspberries for the tops

We've enjoyed 2 batches of these in our household of 2 adults, so I can assure you, they are delicious. I think they look very feminine, very elegant and work perfectly with afternoon tea, or as an easy to prepare in advance and quick to serve dinner party dessert

I'd love to know what you think of my first blog recipe share...please leave me a comment
Thanks ;o)

PS be sure to see when you'd like to join dawn-Elizabeth http://www.ruddmoncrieff.com/

Thursday, 22 October 2009

It's nearly Christmas!

Hi everyone, well this week has been very festive here at Cupcake Corner. I was busy at the start of the week preparing Christmas Cupcakes for a local magazine photo shoot. Quite pleased with the results, and it meant I started early for the rounds of Christmas fairs. Here's a little preview of my Christmas designs, they will be on show at the following fairs, if you're local why not pop along and say Hi? They are all free admission and most hold a charity raffle with lovely prizes, I'd love to see you...

Oct Fri 23rd 7pm Ashbourne Golf Club
Nov Fri 6pm Marchington Village Hall kids welcome c/o Sudbury preschool
Nov Sat 7th 3pm Ashbourne Leisure Centre - Nearly New Sale c/o NCT
Nov Sat & Sun 21st & 22nd FABULOUS PLACES at BLACKBROOK HOUSE - one not to miss!
Nov Mon 23rd 6pm Kniveton School Xmas Fair

Hope you like the Christmas designs, orders now being taken and gift vouchers available too
Ho Ho Ho !

Monday, 19 October 2009

Derbyshire Food & Drink Awards

We had a lovely evening at the Derbyshire Food & Drink Awards last Thursday, where I was attending as a guest and delivering a tray of beautiful cupcake gitboxes as prizes - so cute! Here are a few snaps of me & my friend Luisa enjoying the bubbly and a couple of the winners. If you're into Gluten Free too, be sure to visit Le Mistral in Wirksworth Derbyshire, phone ahead to tell them you need GF and they'll prepare you a wonderful meal. They won best international restaurant in Derbyshire! Congratulations

bbc radio quiz - help us on twitter!

Hi everyone, I'm on a quiz show on BBC Radio Derby all week. Join us on Twitter, use the twitter badge on the blog, or head to twitter and look for CupcakeCornerUK. The Fabulous Faces team will need all the help we can get, so please tweet us the answers if you know them!!!

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Cupcake Corner shortlisted for award

Whoop Whoop! I dont believe it, Cupcake Corner has been shortlisted, which means 1 of 3 finalists, for an award. It's the Food & Drink inet award for Innovation. Best thing is, I only found out about it 2 days before the deadline, so it was a rather last minute application, which I squeezed into a busy week, but I'm so glad I did. I hope it may open some doors for some assistance, and we can hopefully secure some help to get Cupcake Corner's deliverable by mail order, and satisfy all those who are further afield who are asking for our delicious cucpakes. I would like to thanks my sister Steph for her help, and Paul Sheppard, Jo Stevenson & Jo Murphy. http://www.eminnovation.org.uk/food/Page.aspx?SP=4313

Monday, 12 October 2009

National Chocolate Week NOW ON!

Hi, as if you need an excuse but it is National Chocolate Week Oct 12th -18th. Here at Cupcake Corner, the kitchen smells divine, "dive into deep dark chocolate" cupcakes freshly baked and already delivered. Which also means that cash has already ben raised for the partnering charity "The Sick Childrens Trust". All chocolate gift boxes are 10% off this week and individual chocolate cupcakes are available from P&B Deli Ashbourne - all of which raise a donation to the charity. And just in case you still need persuading to eat chocolate (surely not!) all the cocoa used is Green & Blacks Fairtrade Cocoa - Perfect! Guilt free chocolate fest, order yours today as it's bound to be a busy week X

New Cupcake Wrapper

Brand new cupcake wrappers on display at a wedding fair. Shimmering lilac butterflies, topped with handmade pale pink & lilac butterflies. I think these wrappers are beautiful and perfect for any feminine occasion. Lots of prospective brides said they were adding butterflies within their plans so perfect for weddings too X