Cinnamon Sprinkled Cupcakes

It's a short tale, but it's been a long week. Cupcakes live in New York, and also permanently on my to do list (for that free time that I NEVER have). The courage it took to spend 3 hours on something that only results in fist sized frosted lumps of sugar was a large requirement. But I splashed out and at the end of my splurge I had created a dozen. It was a quality investment and the only part of me that regrets it is my thighs (sorry). 

The great new discovery that I'm proud of: I sprinkled cinnamon on the icing. It tastes shockingly excellent, it makes me want to sprinkle cinnamon on everything. My cat would hate that so I won't sprinkle it on her. Everything else I have no mercy for. 

And if you want that cool swirly blue effect? Here's a neat video by Martha Stewart. It's 51 seconds long without an annoying intro.  

Vanilla Cupcake recipe (from Nigella Lawson's "How to be a Domestic Goddess):
+ 125g unsalted butter, softened 
+ 125g caster sugar
+ 2 large eggs
+ 125g self-raising flour 
+ 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
+ 2 - 3 tablespoons milk

1. Preheat the oven to 200o C.
2. Put all ingredients except for milk in food processor and blitz until smooth. Pulse while adding milk down the funnel, to make a soft, dripping consistency. 
3. Spoon and scrape to fit this scant mixture into 12 bun cases. Bake for 15 - 20 min or until golden on top.

Vanilla Frosting recipe:
+ 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
+ roughly 60g softened butter
+ tablespoon of milk or water 
+ 3 tablespoons of Kremelta (vegetable shortening)
+ 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 

1. Mix the butter and sugar. Add in all other ingredients. This is a very rough recipe, so play around until it suits your taste. The Kremelta is what makes it go all fluffy and nice, so add as much as you feel is necessary. 

Madison xx


  1. These look so good! Thanks for sharing the video, it will come in handy next time I bake.

  2. Perfect cupcakes. Thanks for the ingredients.
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  4. These do look yummy, but please help, over here in the chilly UK we don't have kremelta.can you think of an alternative?

    1. Copha is another brand that is exactly the same as Kremelta - look in the international section?

  5. They look amazing and the cinnamon addition sounds lovely :)

    I've just recently found your blog and was wondering if you could tell me what camera you use? I've wanted to start a blog for about six years but always found excuses; I'd really love to start this summer. Since I'm only starting up I'm looking for something cheaper to get to grips with but your photos are really good so if you have any recommendations please let me know!

    - Chloe. x

    1. I use a Canon Digital Rebel. I would suggest googling tons of reviews and recommendations online - it takes patience, but doing your research is worth it!

  6. Lovely post, they look delicious! Where did you get the bottle which appears on the 1st image? I love it x

    Zoel Hernández |

    1. (You have a cool name.) Thanks! I got it from a local dollar store, most cheap craft-y stores seem to have them x


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