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June 28, 2011

Well now, who can resist an open invitation to join a crazy bunch of baking bloggers to submit an entry for a cupcake competition? When posted about the cupcake competition they are running, the entries started flooding in immediately, delicious little mouthfuls of cake and frosting….they get wilder and  more wonderful as the days wear on. It has been interesting to see what creative ideas  people come up with. I am a plain  jane type of girland was rather hesitant to submit my rendition. But here I am at the last  minute, yet again hehe with my little offering for the cupcake competition.

I  love cupcakes and I love traditional flavours. I have had a pretty successful little homebakes business going the past few years and cupcakes have always been popular. I have come a long way from those original cupcakes that I used to bake. Over the years I have perfected my recipe and it honestly is the easiest cake recipe that you can ever hope to find. I have blogged it before, many times. You can ring the changes so easily with it by changing the flavours, either of the cupcake, the frosting, or both!

Recently, when attending the Cape Town Good Food and Wine Show I was introduced to some  amazing gourmet soft toffees, wrapped in different candy striped wrappers and created by a family run company called Sweet Temptations. What amazing toffees, and such an exciting range of 17 flavours, ranging from creamy vanilla all the way through to cinnamon swirl and turkish delight…with lots of other delights in between. There is so much you can do with them. I had quite a few (blush) of the flavours in the range and had great plans for baking with them but sadly, they have all  mostly met an untimely end thanks to my love of sweet things! I did however rescue one of my favourite flavours and decided to use it  in my cupcake recipe. Do  make friends with these lovely folk on twitter They are running a competition where one of their followers will win a basket of their toffees when they get to 100 followers.

Anyway, on to my cupcakes…..

I  used my trusted recipe yet again, but this time I added the zest of half a ClemenGold to the cupcake together with 2 Tbs of some fantastic  NoMU drinking chocolate. If you are lucky enough to live in South Africa the awesome ClemenGold citrus has once again hit the shelves at Woolworths. Do yourselves a favour and go and buy some. I love them. And I love the NoMU drinking chocolate as well so combining these two flavours in  my cupcakes worked really very well. I brought the liquorice flavour into play by melting my toffee (sob) with a little bit of cream in  the microwave and I whipped it into  my buttercream frosting. Pure genius!!



250ml Milk (I use ratio ¾ milk ¼ water)

60ml Coconut Oil (or sunflower oil)

500ml Cake Flour – sifted twice     

30ml NoMU Drinking Chocolate                                           

4 Jumbo Free Range Eggs

500ml White Granulated Sugar

10ml Baking Powder

5ml Vanilla Essence (I used the seeds from ½ Vanilla Pod)

Pinch Salt

5ml Brown Vinegar

Finely grated zest of half a ClemenGold

  • Preheat Oven to 180 o C
  • Line muffin trays with paper cups
  • Boil Oil & Milk together (I do it in the microwave)
  • Beat eggs & sugar together till pale & thick (about 5min on high)
  •  Add the vinegar, zest & vanilla & beat in
  • Sift flour, baking powder, drinking chocolate & salt together
  • Fold gently into beaten egg mixture
  • Add hot milk & oil mixture
  • Fold all together gently
  • Pour about an ice cream scoop amount into each paper cup. They should be about 3/4 full
  • Bake for 12 -15 minutes until a cocktail stick comes out clean
  • Turn out onto wire cooling racks to cool completely before frosting 

Makes about 36 muffin sized cupcakes


500ml Icing Sugar (confectioners sugar)

125ml Butter

5ml Good quality Sea Salt Flakes (I use Maldon)

1 x 60g Liquorice Toffee bar – cut into small pieces

25ml Fresh Cream

Tiny drop of Black Gel Food Colouring


Place the toffee and cream into a glass bowl and microwave at short bursts until the toffee is melted and incorporated into the cream. It makes a thick paste. Stir in the salt flakes

Beat the butter until it is very pale and creamy.

Add the sugar (in two lots) beating well  after each until the icing is thick and white

Add the liquorice mixture and beat all together.

Add a bit of milk to thin to a piping consistency

Add a tiny drop of Black Gel Food Colouring to get a good greeny black colour but not dark. I use a cocktail stick that I dip into the gel and what was on the tip of the stick was enough to colour the frosting.

Pipe or spread onto cooled cupcakes and decorate as desired.

YUM!!! Everyone loved  these cupcakes.  My most discerning  testers are Ty and Jay and they definitely confirmed them as winners!

Editors note:

I will be away for awhile as I have to undergo some surgery but will be back as soon as I am able to. I thank the blogging community for their love and wonderful  support! May God bless you all.

browniegirl xx

12 Comments leave one →
  1. June 28, 2011 3:16 PM

    Those are really beautiful! sorry to hear you are having surgery, will be thinking of you.

  2. June 28, 2011 4:07 PM

    the cupcakes look stunning, and I am so sad I did not get to taste one 😦 I will be praying for a speedy recovery my darling friend xxx

  3. June 28, 2011 4:26 PM

    Oh Colleen these are just so pretty and i would just love to taste one. I think that I know the little liquorice toffees that you are talking about – and i remember sticking 4 into my mouth – all at once. I love love love liquorice toffee … i can only imagine how nice these little cupcakes taste with a hint of citrus as well.

    I am sure that your surgery will go well – be positive and allow your body to do it’s magic … hugs, prayers and healing light coming your way angel.

  4. June 28, 2011 11:11 PM

    You clever woman! I loved (and devoured) those toffees too 🙂
    Thinking of you x

  5. June 29, 2011 1:54 AM

    Wow, they look AMAZING. Did you make the flowers too? I wish I could get into liquorice though, sadly, as a teenager, I drank myself silly, Sambucca… Shudder…. so dumb. Does the Choc Citrus flavour cut through the sharpness of the liquorice?
    Thinking of you this next wee while, looking forward to your returing to the bloggy world. 🙂

  6. June 29, 2011 8:06 AM

    Your piping is gorgeous! The flavours sound really interesting, will be praying for the surgery that everything goes well and for a quick recovery!

  7. Maryna Kleynhans permalink
    June 29, 2011 9:57 AM

    The toffees are sublime. My husband and I bought one of each flavour at the show but halfway back to Pretoria we had finished about 10 of them already. Will try the cupcake but will have to find a substitute for the toffee.

  8. Handsome Harold permalink
    June 29, 2011 3:39 PM

    Grit those teeth and “vasbyt” Browniegirl!!

  9. June 29, 2011 4:17 PM

    That looks like an amazing flavour combination – NOMU chocolate is bound to be good – I still haven’t tasted those Clemengolds but now I’m going to have to. Gorgeous pics too!
    good luck with your surgery and wishing you a speedy recovery!

  10. July 1, 2011 2:29 PM

    Oh these look gorgeous – and what fabulous photos if I may say so :)) Mwah!

  11. July 2, 2011 7:48 PM

    The cupcakes are pretty! I am wishing you well, dear Collie!

  12. July 15, 2011 11:29 PM

    Yummy! They look delicious.

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