Birthday Cupcakes

candle

My birthday was this past week and I decided to take on a task I have never done before. Make my own birthday cupcakes. Now I’ve made cupcakes before, but I usually just cheat and used boxed cake mix. However, this time I decided to make them from scratch. I actually got this recipe from Anna Saccone on YouTube and just changed the decoration to match a birthday rather than 4th of July. You can check out her video here, and I’ve also transcribed the recipe down below:

For the cupcakes you’ll need:

2 3/4 cups plain flour                                  3 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt                                                 3/4 cups butter softened

1 2/3 cups sugar                                        5 egg whites

2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract                              1 1/4 cups milk

38 glacé cherries chopped                         1/2 tsp almond extract

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For the glaze you’ll need:

3 cups icing sugar                                      3-4 tbsp water

2 tbsp golden syrup                                   1/2 tsp almond extract

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ingredients

1) Preheat your oven to 350F.

2) Mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

3) In a separate bowl beat the butter on medium speed.

4) Gradually add the sugar (1/4 cup at time) to the butter until all the sugar has been added, then allow to beat for 2 minutes.

5) Beat in the egg whites one at a time and add the vanilla extract.

6) At a low speed alternate adding the flour mixture (1/3 at a time) and the milk (1/2 at a time). Then add the almond extract.

7) Stir in the glacé cherries and spoon batter into the cupcake tin.

batter

8) Bake for 18 -20 minutes, then allow cakes to cool.

9) Beat all the ingredients for the glaze together until smooth, then glaze cooled cupcakes. I wanted the glaze to be coloured rather than white, so I added a little bit of food colouring to the glaze.

finishedThese cupcakes were absolutely delicious! They’re not too sweet and the almond and cherry flavours are just amazing together. This recipe will definitely impress everyone at your next party.

Yummy Oatmeal Apple Raisin Cookies

Hi everyone! Today I’m going to be sharing one of my favourite go-to cookie recipes. These cookies taste awesome and they are a bit more healthy than standard chocolate chip cookies. I was planning on having more pictures, but I got so excited about making them I almost forgot completely.

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For this recipe you’ll need:

1 cup butter

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

2 cups flour

2 1/2 cups Quick Oats (I used the Quaker Brand)

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup applesauce

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup rasins

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1) Preheat the oven to 350 F.

2) In a large bowl beat the butter and sugar until creamy.

3) Add applesauce, egg, and vanilla. Beat well until fully combined.

Tip: You can use either sweetened or unsweetened apple sauce. I usually use unsweetened, but the sweetened will make your cookies a little sweeter (and a little less healthy tasting).

4) In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add this to the apple mixture and mix well.

5) Add the oats and raisins. Mix well.

6) Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto an un-greased cookie sheet.

Tip: To save on clean-up I line my baking sheets with parchment paper.

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7) Bake 11-13 minutes. Cool on cookie sheet for 2-3 minutes. Remove from sheet and place on a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes approx. 24 cookies.

I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as I do!