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New Recipe Alert: Spiced Apple Duffins!

Hey Cake Chums and a very happy Easter to you all!

I couldn’t let the day pass without giving you all a lil’ Easter gift from me, so in lieu of a chocolate egg, I am delighted to share the brand new recipe for my Spiced Apple Duffins!

Adapted from a recipe originally made famous by none other than Queen Nigella herself, my Spiced Apple Duffins – deliciously moreish doughnut-muffin hybrids – capture all of the best bits of both bakes and are the perfect light and airy treat, whatever the season…

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You’ll have to forgive me, because it seems that I am rather late to jump on this bandwagon. Originally published in her book, How to be a Domestic Goddess back in the year 2000, Nigella’s Jam-Doughnut Muffins proved an incredibly popular recipe at the time. And once Bea’s of Bloomsbury released their version of the bake, coining the name ‘Duffin’, the trend well-and-truly exploded.

Yet, somehow – speaking as somehow who made the obligatory pilgrimage to the Dominique Ansel Bakery, New York for the highly prized Cronut – I’m rather ashamed to admit that the Duffin trend entirely passed me by!

In fact, it is only thanks to one of the baking groups I belong to on Facebook (who are currently going Duffin mad) that I became aware of them. And naturally, having made a batch of the traditional recipe, I was itching to create a version of my own.

As I have explained SO MANY times here on Mr Baker’s Cakes: The Blog, fresh fruit is one of my favourite ingredients to bake with, particularly citrus flavours and any combination of apple and spice. Thanks to a glut of indulgent baking of late (while the UK is in coronavirus-induced lockdown), I have had an overabundance of apples eyeing me disapprovingly from my fruit bowl for a while now and I decided that this was the perfect time to put them to good use.

My recipe for Spiced Apple Duffins combines a delicious, apple crumble-infused cake (courtesy of the always gorgeously-flavoured icing sugars from Sugar & Crumbs), a homemade smooth apple and cinnamon jam filling and a crispy cinnamon sugar topping.

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And what’s more, they are so simple to make that you could be enjoying a batch of your very own Spiced Apple Duffins within mere minutes.

If you fancy having a go at my Spiced Apple Duffins, head to this link (or why not click on the Recipes tab above, where you can peruse all of the original recipes right here on Mr Baker’s Cakes: The Blog?). Oh, and don’t forget, I have EVEN MORE recipes over on my YouTube channel too – find it here.

Once again, have a wonderful Easter my darling Cake Chums and, until next time, happy caking…!



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Fancy something a little bit delicious…?

It’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for some brand new, original content from Mr Baker’s Cakes: The Blog!

This week, it’s another delicious recipe and I’ve been playing with some of the gorgeous flavoured icing sugars from Sugar and Crumbs.

I love pairing the flavours of lemons and blueberries, but with lemon having such a strong flavour profile, it can be tricky to get the balance just right. So when I saw that Sugar and Crumbs had done the hard work for us with their Blueberry and Lemon Icing Sugar, I had to order some and have a play!

I used the flavoured icing sugar in both the sponge (yes, you can do that too!) and in the buttercream, before filling my cupcakes with wild blueberry conserve and topping them with crumbled French Meringue.

If you fancy finding out how to make my super quick and easy, filled Blueberry and Lemon cupcakes, head to the recipes tab at the top of the page (or you can just click here).

Enjoy! x

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It’s Tuesday – time for a new recipe…!

Hey cake chums!

As promised, August has seen a return to my regular posting schedule and this means that you can expect some new and original content from Mr Baker’s Cakes: The Blog every single Tuesday. The first Tuesday of the month means it is time for a brand new recipe – and this is one that has been kicking around the Mr Baker’s Cakes kitchen for a while now.

Today, we are taking our inspiration from my baking muse – the original Mrs Baker – my grandmother Joan – not one of her recipes, but rather memories of the treats she would also have on hand during the lengthy car journeys of my childhood.

Like all good grandmothers, mine never failed to have a tasty treat on hand (usually something homemade actually) and car journeys were no different. You could always guarantee that at some point the centre console would be opened and out would come some form of traditional sweet (or candy for my American friends). Ever since then, certain sweets have retained the magical ability to take me straight back to my youth and today’s inspiration is no exception.

Inspired by one of my grandmother’s favourite ‘long drive treats’ – traditional Chocolate Limes – my Chocolate Lime Cupcakes marry the zingy flavours of fresh lime and rich, dark chocolate creating a combination that is both refreshing and decadent – I don’t know about you, but I always think that chocolate always benefits from a sharp citrus flavour.

If you fancy checking out the latest recipe from the Mr Baker’s Cakes kitchen, you can find it via the recipes tab above – or you can hit this link.