Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Lemon & Lime Summer Cupcakes

If you're looking for something Summery and that little bit different to make for a BBQ or garden party, these Lemon & Lime Cupcakes are what you need. They take a little bit longer to make than regular cupcakes because of the lemon & lime drizzle, but they're still a pretty handy dessert :) So here goes....



225g Caster Sugar
225g Butter/ Margarine (softened)
225g Self Raising Flour (sieved)
4 eggs
Rind of 2 Lemons
Rind of 1 Lime


120g Caster Sugar
Juice of 2 Lemons (-2 tsp)
Juice of 1 Lime


200g Icing Sugar
100g Butter (softened)
2 tbsp Lemon Juice


1) Preheat your oven to 180C/ 350F/ Gas Mark 4 and line a muffin tray with 12 muffin cases
2) Cream the butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl
3) When combined and creamy, add in the eggs, one by one and continue to mix
4) Add in the sieved flour, one spoon at a time, until the mixture is light and fluffy
5) Add in the lemon and lime rind and continue to mix the fluffy mixture
6) Spoon 2-3 spoonfuls of the mixture into each muffin case and bake in the oven for 15-20 mins (you will know they're done when the tops are golden brown)
7) Leave them to cool on a wire rack while you make the drizzle...

8) For the drizzle, put the lemon juice, the lime juice and the sugar in a small pot over a low heat and stir until  combined 
9) When combined , turn off the heat and leave it to sit while you use a sharp knife to poke a cross shape into the top of each muffin
10) Using a spoon, pour the drizzle into the crack on top of each cupcake and watch it soak in ( this can be messy so I usually put the cupcakes on a tray or plate so the drizzle doesn't go everywhere!)
11) Then leave your cupcakes to sit and cool while you make the butter cream...

12) For the Lemon Butter Cream, cream the butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy
13) Add the Lemon Juice and continue to mix
14) Use a piping bag or the back of a spoon to ice each of the cupcakes and use small lemon or lime wedges for decoration

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Millionaire's Squares

So last week in work I baked the Toffee Shortbread slices which I absolutely LOVE. But, I was really disappointed when I finished that I didn't get to gobble one up. So when I got home I decided that I had to make something similar. I didn't use the same recipe as they use in work, instead I adapted BBC Good Food's recipe for Millionaire's Shortbread. Here goes...



250g Plain Flour
75g Caster Sugar
175g Butter (softened)


50g Butter
50g Margarine
100g Brown Sugar
3 tbsp Golden Syrup
2 397g tins of Condensed Milk


100g Milk Chocolate
100g Dark Chocolate


1) Preheat your oven to 180C/ 350F/ Gas Mark 4 and line an approx. 13 x 9 inch swiss roll tin with grease proof paper
2) For the shortbread, put  the flour, caster sugar and butter in a bowl and mix with your fingers until it looks like breadcrumbs
3) Continue to knead the mixture until it takes on a doughy consistency 
4) Press the shortbread mixture into the baking tin and prick a couple of times with a fork
5) Bake it for 20 mins and when done, leave it to cool in the tin

6) For the caramel, melt the butter and sugar together in a pan
7) When combined, add in the golden syrup and the condensed milk and stir continuously
8) Bring the mixture to the boil and then allow it to simmer for 5 mins until it becomes thicker
9) Pour the caramel over the layer of shortbread and leave it to cool for 5 mins and then refrigerate for 20 mins

10) When the caramel is ready you can begin to melt the milk and dark chocolate together in a bowl over a pot of simmering water
11) When combined, spread the chocolate over the caramel and refrigerate for another 20 mins

* For best results, leave the tray in the fridge over night before slicing *

I didn't leave mine over night and they cracked and crumbled.
They still tasted delicious but they didn't look quite as nice!

Monday, 10 June 2013

Banoffee With a Twist

My brothers started their Leaving Cert exams this week so for a bit of study aid and to say good luck I made them their favourite dessert. My brother Ryan especially had been asking me to make it for a while and I never seemed to get around to it. I always call it banoffee with a twist because traditional banoffee pie either uses Digestive biscuits or shortbread whereas I like to use Bourbon Creams and I add a little Khalua liqour to give it a kick. This dessert's a little time consuming, but believe me, its well worth it :)


600g Bourbon Cream Biscuits
60g Butter
2 tbsp Khalua Coffee Liquor

3 tbsp Golden Syrup
50g Butter
80g Brown Sugar

2 Ripe Bananas
Whipped Cream (as much as you fancy really)
Flake Bars or Chocolate to grate



1) Grease an 8 inch round tin with melted butter and line the bottom part with grease-proof paper
2) Melt the butter in a large bowl over a saucepan of simmering water
3) While the butter in melting, crush the bourbon biscuits, leaving a few medium sized chunks
4) When the butter is fully melted, add the Khalua followed by the crushed biscuits and stir well
5) Empty the mixture into the greased tin and flatten with the back of a spoon - make a slight hollow in the middle of the tin
6) Refrigerate the tin while you make the caramel 


1) Put the butter, and sugar into a pot on high and stir until the butter has melted
2) Add the condensed milk and the golden syrup to the mixture and stir continuously until the mixture starts to bubble 
3) Turn the pot on to simmer and stir every now and again - you will notice the mixture thickening
4) After 4 minutes the mixture should have thickened enough
5) Pour one thin layer of caramel over the biscuit and leave the rest to sit while you prepare the rest of the ingredients


1) Slice the two bananas and spread them over the layer of caramel
2) Pour another layer of caramel over the bananas
3) Leave the banoffee to cool for 20 minutes in the fridge and then spread the whipped cream on top followed by the crushed Flake bars or shredded chocolate - for the best results, refrigerate over night before eating

I always make to to leave a little extra caramel to eat with icecream seens
as you have to wait until the next day to try the Banoffee !!! :)