Life Is Sweet: British Baking Battle!


Hope you are all having a lovely weekend! :) We had a blast filming another episode of our YouTube show "Life Is Sweet" yesterday and with it being a baking battle we thought we would pop over to our blog and share the recipes with you.


We have thoroughly been enjoying working on "Life is Sweet" and always love getting feedback from you as to what you want to see. We have had a lot of requests for more baking and wrestling and we have been taking notes, our creative juices have been flowing, so much so, that we can't wait to get filming each week. We hope you have been enjoying the show too, feel free to comment and let us know if you have any ideas too and we will see what we can do. In the meantime, we hope you laugh as much as we did during this British Baking Battle and we hope you give the cupcakes a try...despite our delightful and highly entertaining panel of judges, both cupcakes turned out incredibly delicious and it felt wonderful to be back in the kitchen thinking outside the box and whipping up our beloved cupcakes! :)

Cupcake Number 1: Kelly's cupcake: Vanilla Cheescake with a Chocolate Digestive base 
                                                             and an Aero  topping!


Ingredients:
1 8oz package of cream cheese
1/2 cup of sugar
1 egg
1 tsp Vanilla
4 packets of mini chocolate digestives
3 tbsp butter
4 single Aero bars.

Makes 6!

What to do:
Empty the mini chocolate digestives into a small sandwich bag and smash them up, you can use your hands or a food processor.
Melt butter in a pan and add your biscuit crumbs. Mix till combined.
Put 6 cupcakes cases in a cupcake pan then spoon a little bit of your Digestive biscuit base into the bottom and press down so it's all nice and flat.
Put in the fridge to set. I left them in till my cheesecake mixture was ready. About 20 mins!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Using a handheld mixer or kitchen aid mixer beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until nice and smooth.
Add the egg and beat well.
Remove your bases from the fridge and scoop a good amount of your cheesecake mixture on top of each one.
Bake for 20 mins.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
Once cooled you melt your Aero bars and drizzle or spread on top! 
Allow to set. 
Keep these cupcakes in the fridge as they are cheesecake! :)


Cupcake Number 2: Lucy's cupcake: An Almond cake, with a Battenberg piece center, 
                                                            Vanilla buttercream and a Battenberg piece to garnish!

Inspired by and using Mr Kipling's Mini Battenbergs! :)


Ingredients.
1 ½ cups of cake flour
1 ¾ teaspoons of baking powder
¼ teaspoon of salt
1 stick of butter
1 cup of sugar
2 large eggs
1 ½ teaspoons of almond essence
¾ cup of whole milk
1 Packet of mini Mr Kipling Battenergs.

What to do:
Collect all ingredients together and make sure to let the milk, butter and eggs get to room temperature before you begin…que mini dance party.
Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees and turn up that music. Line baking tray with cupcakes.
Mix together the flour, salt and baking powder in a small bowl and set aside.
Pour the milk into a measuring jug or glass and mix with the almond essence and set aside.
Cream the butter and sugar in mixer together until light and fluffy.
Turn mixer to a lower speed and add eggs one at a time and let mix till incorporated.
Begin to add one third of the dry mixture followed by one third of milk mixture. Repeat until both mixtures have been added, ending with the wet.
Dance and sing to your heart’s content.
Using a medium size ice cream scoop, scoop a little of the cake batter into the cake cases, then place a slice of Battenberg in the center of each cupcake. Scoop a little more of the batter over the top, till the cases are 2/3 full.
Gently bang tray on counter to even out the cupcakes and relieve any air bubbles.

Place tray in oven and leave the cakes to cook for 15-18 mins. Continue dance party. The cakes are done when they are firm and springy to the touch or a spaghetti strand comes out clean! J Leave on a wire rack to cool.

The Frosting:

1 stick of butter
Confectioner's sugar
vanilla essence
sprinkles
Battenberg slices
1 Tablespoon of milk

What to do:
When it comes to frosting I tend to go with the flow. I add my stick of butter and with 1 cup of confectioners sugar I start to mix it together. I then add cups of confectioners sugar to suit the taste and consistency that I like. For this recipe I added vanilla essence and a drop of milk and probably around 2-3 cups of confectioners sugar and it came out very smooth and kind of like a marshmallow frosting, it was scrumptious. Have fun with frosting, you can always add more butter or more sugar if need be! :) 

You can watch the full episode of our "British Baking Battle" here: https://youtu.be/OC0BIMTPdv0

Let us know which cupcake you would have chosen as your winner or if you decide to whip some up of your own! :)

Have a beautiful day!

Love Lucy and Kelly xx

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