Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Cupcakes

I know people call cupcakes a trend and a fad but I honestly don't see them decreasing in popularity anytime soon. Who doesn't love little cakes? Marks and Spencers, that British institute, has even caught on. I think they've been doing them for a while, but today was the first time I got to try any. They had some with whipped cream as a topping, but to me that's just a cream cake and not a cupcake. Cupcakes need to have proper frosting on. Anyway, they had packs of 4 with buttercream so I chose the raspberry and white chocolate variety. At £2.99 they were pretty well priced considering ones in posh bakeries can be up to £2 each. They looked really pretty with pink frosting and little sugar ball sprinkles.

marks & spencers cupcake

marks and spencers cupcake

They were stuffed with a raspberry compote (pretty much just jam to be honest though). The cake was really nice, like a perfect light sponge, but the icing was way to sickly and artificially flavoured. I have a sweet tooth but these were too sweet. Also, another annoyance of mine with them was that I could not taste any white chocolate in them at all! They were supposed to have white chocolate chips in them, but I couldn't see or taste any. Maybe I just got a duff batch. I suppose they were nice for the price, but I'd rather have some of my own! I'd give them about 6/10.

chocolate and hazelnut cupcakes

These are some that I made last night. Another hit from The Hummingbird Bakery cookbook! They are chocolate cupcakes, stuffed with nutella and topped with a nutella frosting and hazelnut sprinkles. Yum. Maybe I'll sound big headed and boastful now but I think I'd rather have one of those than the m&s offering! You really can't beat homemade cakes. What do you think? Store-bought vs. homemade?

50 comments:

  1. how about the dream in-between scenario - made for you by someone who knows what they're doing ;) like my friend Arianna - http://www.bittersweetbakers.com

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  2. Make own. Cheaper, you get more, they're tastier and you get the pleasure of cooking them yourself!! I love the process as much as the result!
    The nutella ones look FAB!!!!!!!!

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  3. I was looking at the M&S cupcakes today, they have the cutest packaging.

    You chocolate cupcakes look delicious, I must try that recipe soon.

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  4. Oh, I saw these yesterday and wanted to buy them, but I couldn't choose between them. Yours look delicious.

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  5. homemade are always better, homemade sponge has a better texture and the making is always a fun way to fill an afternoon.

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  6. I think home made cupcakes are better - bought ones are too sweet and are often quite dry. Both cakes look gorgeous though :)
    I think I might have made those nutella ones before from a recipe you posted a while ago, they were yummy! :)

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  7. Homemade anything is always better!

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  8. Homemade food all the time.

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  9. My Mum has the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook- it's gorgeous!

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  11. Homemade wins every time hands down! Your chocolate nutella cupcakes look to die for. Though, my opinion is biased being that I'm a chocoholic. :P

    Check out this lovely recipe by Nigella Lawson - http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/rainbow_cupcakes

    Beautiful, delicious, and a hit with the little ones. What more can you ask?

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  12. yeah, homemade every time! I never manage to make anythin look as pretty as yours though!

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  13. I had the chocolate M&S ones the other day, they were rather nice! Seems like a while since I made my own though, looking forward to my friend's birthday next week so I can make some for her (:

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  14. Hello. Homemade, for sure :)
    I love your photos!

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  15. ooooh those photos!! I need a cupcake!! NOW.

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  16. It depends on the bakery, and of course, the home cook! We have a cupcake-ery here in Washington, DC that has the most deliciously-flavored cupcakes with the lightest frosting that's never too sweet. However, your homemade cupcakes look like heaven, and I'm sure they taste just as good!

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  17. I tend to prefer homemade. Most of the time when I get cupcakes from a bakery, they are either far too big (at least here in the US the trend is for gigantic cupcakes! I much prefer little ones. More cute and less guilt. ;), far too sweet, or the cake is too dry. Most of the times, I find the icing is too sickly sweet. I prefer to mix up my own batch!

    Your cupcakes look so yummy!

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  18. OMG, the nutella ones sound so amazing!! I'm a big proponent of homemade but then again I love to bake!

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  19. I love cupcakes. I love the really little ones you can get from selfridges...delicious.
    I wish I could bake...

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  20. Definately home made! have you tried the ones from starbucks, with the 2 cm of icing on top...they are foul!!

    x <3 x

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  21. Your blog is the source of all foodie envy! I still haven't bought the Hummingbird book, despite having drooled over it for years.

    I think I would prefer one of your cakes without a shadow of a doubt!

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  22. I think M&S cakes are foul full stop. I'd rather pay £2 for a decent cake or bake my own! Def a case of getting what you pay for...

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  23. i think you're right...with cupcakes like these in the world...I don't believe they are going anywhere:)

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  24. homemade are definitely better! plus baking and decorating cupcakes is so fun!

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  25. Always always handmade. Although Buttercup Bakery and Magnolia are pretty great.

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  26. homemade is usually better, but sometimes store bought is much easier. i love cupcakes!

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  27. home made all the way, i was blessed with a mother who is a incredible baker. store bought always seem too sweet
    -indigo

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  28. They all look so fabulous. And I think homemade cupcakes are the best, that way you can have them straight out of the oven. Nice and warm.:)

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  29. When it comes to cupcakes, there's no such thing as a fad. They're classic. I love that those have a filling. Homemade Nutella-frosted ones sound much better, though. Now I'm hungry for cupcakes...

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  30. I make my own, but Duncan Hines helps :)

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  31. cupcakes are just so cute that we cant refuse.

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  32. I have a weakness for all things Hazelnut.

    Cupcakes are so pretty.

    Love Grace.

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  33. Ohh, those look utterly delicious! Personally I prefer home made cakes and cookies because you know what's in them, and they're natural, something I am quite fussy about!

    Oh, I wish I could go to Liverpool as well, but there just isn't time for everything, unfortunately. Maybe next time.

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  34. oh homemade - always! cute photos :) i'll have to look up that book, too!

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  35. Those look so sweet. I must admit though I'm not a huge cupcake fan myself...I prefer cookies and whoppie pies.

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  36. I'm always about the homemade, at least you can see exactly what goes in to them! I made some dreamy lemon ones today =)

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  37. Ohhh your blog is so pretty! And these cupcakes look absolutely darling. Lovely =].

    - Charlotte.

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  38. In my own experience, store bought. That's only because I have never had the pleasure of tasting anything home made that wasn't a badly made 10p cake on a fundraiser stall! And also, my family aren't very good with cake making. However, yours look amazing so I would reconsider that! Store bought ones often have loads opf dodgy ingredients in them too.

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  39. i totally agree with you- cupcakes are a trend but a delicious one!

    i usually make mine out of a box :)

    your look yummy!

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  40. oh yes, I cannot see my love for cupcakes will ever die down.
    The ones you backed looks delicious!

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  41. I must admit, the pink frosting, sugar ball sprinkles, and raspberry filling are quite tempting. Though yours look magnificent - like something you would find in a true bakery! :)

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  42. They look amazing!
    I really wanna do (and eat!) some of these nutella cupcakes
    I've never made cupcakes before, they must get way to pretty and I'm always afraid mine won't.
    I've got a question: do you put the dough directly into those colored papers or do you use metal cases for baking?

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  43. what a cute blog!
    If you like cupcakes you might like my blog as well:)
    www.ilovemuffins.es/blog

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  44. what a cute blog!
    If you like cupcakes you might like my blog as well:)
    www.ilovemuffins.es/blog

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  45. How, but how do you make the icing like that?

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  46. oh how i wish i could bake! last time i [tried to] bake a cake it resembled something that should be used for filling potholes haha! yours look fantastic though :)

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  47. I LOVE those M&S cupcakes. I eat those all of the time! n_n The jammy bit in the middle is extra yummy.

    However, to reinforce what everyone else has said, homemade is always better. :)

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  48. nutella frosting? amazing!!!!

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  49. nice recipes

    http://healthy-muffins.blogspot.com/

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