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Chocolate and Vanilla Marbled Cupcakes

As the daughter of a baker by trade, I guess baking should  come naturally to me.

My Dad worked as a baker all his life until recently, and my Mum has baked cakes for as long as I remember. The nicest memories are licking the spoon with cake mixture on (to which my Mum would always say ‘You’ll get worms!’- her go-to phrase if she didn’t want me to eat sugar) and taking my Mum’s cakes to school for fairs, and seeing everyone getting excited, because everyone seemed to love them.

I was lucky to have a Mum who could bake, so I want to be that kind of Mummy too one day.

So I decided to give it all a go, and after a (good) few failed attempts, I managed to get the knack of it, and bake some pretty nice cakes.

The only books I ever use when baking are the Hummingbird Bakery cookbooks, which have oodles of gorgeous and delicious cakes, whoopie pies, cheesecakes and muffins in. I have been to the Bakery myself in Notting Hill Gate, and it was bloody marvellous.

Today, Marble Cupcakes were on the menu. A swirl of vanilla and chocolate cake topped with vanilla and chocolate frosting marbled together.

I taste tested the batter and the frosting so much I couldn’t even try the cakes!

A Few Different Ways to Frost.

I have a palatte knife kit which I have only recently started using; this gives the cupcakes a more individual look, whereas my trusty old piping bag make them all look neat, tidy and uniform. I used both this time.

I made some larger ones, which fit into muffin cases and a bigger cake tin, and some little fairy cake sized ones, which I piped into the middle of, for those not wanting so much of the super sweet frosting! So much icing sugar goes into the frosting that it makes my teeth hurt just looking at it!

I would also recommend using a more expensive vanilla essence in the frosting, you can totally taste the difference! I used to use Asda’s own, but I used Neilsen-Massey vanilla extract this time, which you can also get from Asda. It’s quite a big bottle, and much more expensive at £3.47, but a billion times better.

Baking is such a joy for me, a total release, I love weighing out and measuring and mixing, I just love it all! I’ll report back as to how they went down in the Telfer household!

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If You Only Read One Thing Today…..

…Make it this.


Alice, 15, has terminal cancer.


This young girl, Alice Pyne, has terminal cancer.

At 15 years old, most teenage girls are experimenting with make-up, chasing boys for kisses, hanging around with friends and moaning about getting up early for school. This girl has faced up to the fact that she will die soon, having fought cancer for most of her teen life.

All she wants is to complete activities on her ‘Bucket List’, which you can find on her blog, before she goes.

Twitter brought her to my attention last night, with celebs and friends re-tweeting ‘#AliceBucketList’, because one of the wishes on her list was to trend on Twitter, which of course happened.

Her main wish is that everyone is signed up on the register to donate bone marrow if theirs is needed, to save the

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life of someone with cancer. So do it. I have.


Just enter a few personal details and the trust will get in touch if you’re eligible for donation. You may never be needed. But at least you’ll have a made a small effort to give someone an amazing gift.

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