Oreo cupcakes...

For the cupcakes: 
- 3 heaped tbsp of cocoa powder
- Splash of milk 
- Handful of dark chocolate chips
- A packet of Oreos

For the frosting: 
- 50g butter
- 250g cream cheese
- 600g icing sugar
- Half a pack of crushed Oreos

Follow my basic cake recipe, then add the cocoa powder, milk and choc chips. 
Roughly chop half a packet of Oreos and fold it in to the mixture. 
Line a muffin tin with 12 cases, and put an Oreo in the bottom of each one. 
Fill up the cases with the cake mix and pop them in the oven for 25 minutes at gas mark 5. 
Whilst they're in the oven, start on the frosting. Beat the butter and cream cheese until it's soft and combined. 
Keep beating the frosting, and sift in the icing sugar gradually. 
When all the icing sugar is mixed in, stir in the crushed Oreos. 
Put the mixture in a piping bag and pop it in the fridge until your cakes are out of the oven and cooled fully. 
Pipe the icing in lovely big swirls and pop a mini Oreo (or jammy dodger, in my case) on top.
It's best to leave them uncovered for a few hours so that the icing hardens up on the outside. 



A heart-shaped jam & almond sponge...

This is the simplest recipe and it's delicious! It looks a bit like a car crash though, so I always pop it in a heart-shaped tray to make sure that it looks a bit prettier. I actually used a silicone tray for this that I picked up at Ikea a few months ago, I can't find it on their website but it looks like this and there are tons of them on eBay.
As always, I followed my basic cake recipe and folded in 100g of ground almonds and a tbsp of almond extract. Once the cake mix was in the tray, I added around 5 big tbsp of homemade strawberry jam and swirled it around a little bit. It's a pretty big cake, so bake it for around 40 minutes on gas mark 4. Enjoy!
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