>Violet cupcakes!

>I don’t profess to be a food photographer, as will soon become evident, but I sure can cook.

Today I made a dozen violet cupcakes, 32 lemon & mint biscuits (cookies), and an apricot cut-and-come-again cake. I also did some work on the Christmas annual.

I’ve made the apricot cake loads of times, but I turned it from the pan too soon and it broke. But it still tastes perfectly fine and it will get a lot more broken up when it’s eaten.

Biscuits I’ve never had much joy with, and I thought these were going the same way. But they’ve cooked nicely and they taste like melt-in-your-mouth shortbread with the tangy taste of lemon and an … impression of mint. They’re still not brilliant, I should have had 40 and ended up with 32 – well, 33 but one was so small it’s hardly worth counting. All I can think is that my dough sausages weren’t long enough …

The cupcakes are delightful. I don’t know why I’ve never discovered fondant icing before now. It’s so much easier to use than glace icing, and it’s thicker so spreads better. I didn’t use any food colouring as the violet syrup already coloured the icing enough for me.


18 thoughts on “>Violet cupcakes!

  1. jenny wilson 29 May 2010 / 5:03 pm

    >my mouth is watering looking at these great buns and bicuits


  2. Rare Lesser Spotted 29 May 2010 / 5:06 pm

    >Drooooool – there's just no other word for it – made up or not!XX


  3. Diane 29 May 2010 / 5:43 pm

    >Not sure they'll be many left to take to my parents' on Sunday …


  4. Teresa Ashby 29 May 2010 / 9:11 pm

    >Oooh that all looks gorgeous – particularly the cupcakes. What a lovely delicate colour the icing is.


  5. Milton 29 May 2010 / 9:38 pm

    >ooooh, missus – send some out way.the Milt and Muttie (Muttie being the more enthusiastic one)M & M x


  6. Diane 29 May 2010 / 10:02 pm

    >Yes, Teresa. The picture doesn't really do the colour justice.Milt – Holly LOVES cake. And crisps.


  7. Josie 29 May 2010 / 10:31 pm

    >they look really tasty! Kitt likes grated cheeseJosie x


  8. Katie 29 May 2010 / 11:21 pm

    >Ooooh those cupcakes look yummy 🙂 Do they taste like Parma Violets?


  9. Lynne Hackles 30 May 2010 / 8:06 am

    >I think you should bring some violet cupcakes to Caerleon then I'll test them.It all looks lovely so if you ever decide to send out food parcels can I be top of the list please?


  10. Diane 31 May 2010 / 11:08 am

    >Josie: Holly likes cheese too … it doesn't have to be grated … :o)


  11. Diane 31 May 2010 / 11:09 am

    >Kate: They have a subtle violet taste. I think if I'd used violet extract instead of vanilla extract, and if I'd drenched the tops with violet liqueur, they may have been more violetty. But as both of those were optional, and as I would have needed to take out a bank loan to buy some …


  12. Diane 31 May 2010 / 11:10 am

    >Lynne: I wouldn't want to compete with all that other luvverly grub at Caerleon … :o)


  13. Diane 31 May 2010 / 11:10 am

    >Colin: They're very nice.


  14. carolwarham 31 May 2010 / 12:32 pm

    >Wow! 'bows down in homage'.I'm sure your mum and dad were really impressed.


  15. Diane 31 May 2010 / 12:55 pm

    >Thank you, Carol. :o)They were force-fed … and then Dad had the audacity to say he preferred the biscuits!


  16. Diane 1 June 2010 / 12:07 pm

    >Thank you.


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