Hello and welcome to my very first Big Bake-Off post. The Big ‘Saved by Cake’ Bake-Off was inspired by and is in fact my re-interpretation of Mama J’s challenge at Mama J Hearts Chick Lit.
I received my copy of the lovely Marian Keyes’ newest book, Saved by Cake in May and have been experimenting with her recipes ever since. Since I’m a huge fan of cakes and…well, everything that involves sugar, I thought it would be a great idea to change things up a bit with this new feature and treat you (and myself) to some lovely biscuits and cakes.
Just like Mama J, I challenged myself (it’s not really a challenge since I get to eat the cakes) to bake at least one cake or biscuit from Marian’s book each month. I will showcase the different cupcakes and goodies along with some pictures as frequently as I can. Mind you, I’m not a pro at baking, I’m far from it. I’m just a beginner but baking is fun and cakes are delicious, so here we go!
Sweet & Simple Strawberry Cupcakes
These strawberry cupcakes caught my attention right away. I was flicking through the book one day, trying to decide which cake I should start with and these cupcakes seemed to be the easiest. And indeed, they are very easy to make! All you need basically is just the basic eggs-flour-sugar combo and voilà.
It’s definitely one of those cakes that you just can’t go wrong with AND it only takes about 40 minutes to make it. (including the 30-minute baking time) I’ve tried them a few times since I got the book and they’ve always been a huge success. I used a bit more strawberries the second time (about 230g instead of 200) and I preferred them that way because it was a bit more fruity. But I think it’s totally up to personal taste, really.
Apart from the amount of strawberries I used, all I changed was the icing. You can put icing and some sort of a decoration on top of your cupcakes if you feel like it but it’s not necessary. I personally left them the way they came out of the oven – and the best thing is: they are still delicious. I’ll probably try them with icing as soon as I find a proper pastry bag but even if you’re in the same boat as me, there’s no need to worry: they’re perfectly all right without any extra decoration.
And the finished cupcakes…
But what happens if you don’t have any strawberries left?
(a.k.a. you’re so obsessed with strawberry cupcakes that you just can’t stop…believe me, it does happen)
Try an alternative. I ran out of strawberries last week and had no choice but to use preserved cherries instead. I was quite sceptical at first but it actually works! It will be different from the strawberry ones, obviously, but it’s a great alternative if you don’t have anything else left. It’ll be a bit sweeter and less fruity I think, but other than that, it’s still delicious. You can serve them with a cherry on top or some icing, if you like.
For more recipes, see Marian’s brand new recipe book, Saved by Cake. Or if you’d like to hear what I think about the book, click here and check out my review.