I don’t know if you can call mushing a few ingredients together a recipe, but today, that’s how I’m gonna roll. I’m always looking for ways to use up overripe bananas, because even though I have a monkey for a child, there always seems to be a couple left over in the fruit bowl at the end of the week. I’m a big fan of making banana cake, but I wanted something a little more baby-friendly, as apart from the odd treat, I try to avoid giving Byron any unnecessary sugar or salt.
Makes approximately 6 lollies
2 ripened bananas
juice of 1 orange
001 | Place all your ingredients in a bowl
002 | Mash with a fork
003 | Put in ice lolly molds and place in the freezer
See? I told you it wasn’t much of a recipe, as it’s so easy! It’s one of those things where you can chuck in any fruit you fancy. They went down a treat with me and Byron liked the taste although his face didn’t look too sure about the temperature!
I’m not a newcomer to BakingMad.com— it’s full of great tips! They always have a different section for special occasions, such as Christmas recipes, Easter recipes and Mothers Day Recipes. Now, I don’t need an excuse to bake, but if there is one, then that’s even better! Tomorrow is Mothers Day in the UK, however it’s also Byron’s first birthday party and I’ve set myself the mammoth task of making his birthday cake— oh, the pressure!— so there’s a bit of a bake-off happening here in my kitchen. Mothers Day Baking vs. Birthday Baking! (Although, let’s face it: the Mothers Day Cupcakes are definitely going to make their way onto Byron’s birthday table of party rings, chocolate fingers and sausage rolls!)
I kept things simple and made some vanilla cupcakes— perfect for the birthday boy too, as his birthday cake is going to be full of sugar and food colourings i.e. not baby friendly!
Photos of the finished product(s) will be coming up on the blog shortly!
Disclaimer: I was sent a gift set for free, in exchange for this post. But I really do love cake.
Ain’t nothing I love more than cake. Except, maybe, a Galaxy Ripple. Or a Twirl. But, seriously— cake is good. Cake mixed with biscuit, is NEXT LEVEL enjoyment! There’s many variations of Oreo cupcakes floating around, but I’ve already wow-ed my husband and my sister with these surprise cupcakes, so I thought I’d share the recipe so you can leave your loved ones gobsmacked too!
100g plain flour
20g cocoa powder
140g caster sugar
1 tsp baking powder
40g unsalted butter (at room temperature)
¼tsp of vanilla flavouring or extract
12 whole Oreos
For the buttercream:
3 Oreos, crushed
600g icing sugar
200g unsalted butter
80ml whole milk
You can use any chocolate cupcake recipe for this, as long as it’s not too rich— but this is my fav!
NOTE: If you’re really pushed for time, you can grab a box of ready-to-bake mix instead! Go for the vanilla cupcake mix and add a tablespoon of cocoa powder to it, rather than the chocolate cupcake mix, as this one usually comes with ready-to-make chocolate buttercream icing and we just want plain old vanilla!
001 | Preheat your oven to 170°C
002 | Mix the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder and butter to a sandy consistency
003 | Whisk milk, egg and vanilla in a jug
004 | Slowly combine with the sandy mixture
005 | Place a spoonful into each cupcake case, place an oreo on top and then cover with another spoonful or two of the cake mix
006 | Cook in the centre of the oven for approx 20 mins, until the sponge springs back when you touch it. (Unfortunately the ol’ skewer trick won’t work with these!) I used a cupcake maker and they only took 10 minutes!
For the buttercream:
001 | Beat the icing sugar and butter until combined
002 | Slowly beat in the milk
003 | Stir in crushed Oreos
004 | Pipe on to your cakes when cooled!