I’ve always enjoyed cooking but for the first few years we lived together our kitchen was so small it diminished my enthusiasm a little. When we moved to Barnsley and my kitchen was suddenly dramatically bigger – not huge, but you could put a pan down without losing half your counter space – I found my cooking enthusiasm renewed. I’m not the world’s best cook and I’m certainly not the tidiest or best at presentation, but I enjoy it. With a personal benchmark of ‘Dave ate it and he did not die’, I’m never going to be a Masterchef but I can at least share my culinary fun along the way!
Lemon and Poppyseed Cupcakes
I love BBC recipes as they are usually so straightforward and easy to follow. This recipe was a classic example of both and my first attempt at these cupcakes worked brilliantly.
I will admit that I cheated on the icing, buying Morrisons pre-made lemon icing. Icing just isn’t my strong point and I wanted to practise my piping and try and do these cupcakes justice. I was very happy with the results but I’d definitely like to try them again in future with homemade frosting.
What went wrong?
Clearly I didn’t make enough because these were gone in double quick time!
What would I do differently next time?
I’d like to attempt the icing myself but otherwise I was really happy with these.
Success or failure?
A definite success for the sponge. Ask me again about the full product when I’ve mastered the icing!
An extra note
I also attempted rhubarb cake, which was great. I didn’t take a picture of this one, so perhaps it’s destined for another ‘In the Brown Kitchen’ but in the meantime, here’s the recipe.