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Baking, Cakes, Kids, Lunch box goodies, Recipes

Apple and Cinnamon Cake

I love baking, it brings joy to my kids, my family and myself. The pleasure of making something for someone else and seeing them enjoy it makes me happy.

I have been baking ever since I can remember. I loved helping mum in the kitchen. We made lots of wonderful recipes together and always had something yummy for our lunchboxes. In high school, I chose the cooking class and loved it. I have always wanted to create my own recipes. And until recently I started to do so. The recipe today is one of my creations, and I am really happy with how it turned out. I made this Apple and Cinnamon cake on Sunday for our afternoon tea. My cake testing team sat down, and I sliced each of them a piece and waited for their review. They loved it! They all went back for a second slice. So, today I am going to share with you my own Apple and Cinnamon Cake recipe, enjoy!

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Apple and Cinnamon Cake
 
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Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 cups self raising flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 125 gms melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1¼ cups milk
  • 1 to 2 apples, peeled and sliced (I used golden delicious)
  • raw sugar for the top of the cake
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 150°C fan forced/ 170°C
  2. Line a 20 cm/ 8 inch round cake tin with baking paper.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add flour, sugar and cinnamon, mix gently until combined.
  4. In a separate bowl/measuring jug add the eggs, milk and vanilla essence, whisk together.
  5. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and mix until combined.
  6. Then add the melted butter and slowly mix in.
  7. If using an electric mixer, beat on low until combined or combine together gently if mixing by hand.
  8. Pour cake batter into the cake tin.
  9. Arrange the sliced apples on top of the cake and sprinkle with raw sugar over the top.
  10. Bake in oven for 55 mins or until the centre is cooked.
  11. Remove the cake from tin and place onto cake rack to cool.
  12. Enjoy!
Notes
Created by with vintage and me ♥

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The cake was a success! It was light and moist. There is a slight cinnamon taste which we loved. If you want a stronger cinnamon taste then you can add some more. The apple on top with the raw sugar was yummy. The kids even enjoyed the topping when sometimes they don’t want anything on top. The cake was really nice warm too. The leftover slices were still nice and moist the next day so a plus for the kid’s lunch boxes.

I hope you enjoy baking this cake as much as I did.

Happy baking!

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Baking, Cookies, Lunch box goodies, Recipes

Egg Free Sugar Cookies

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Egg Free Sugar Cookies
 
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Recipe type: Cookies
Ingredients
  • 125 gms of butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence
  • 3 tlbs milk
  • 1½ cups of plain flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsps baking powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 150°C fan forced/170°C.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and milk. Beat well.
  3. Then add the flour, salt and baking powder. Mix well.
  4. On a floured surface roll out the dough until the desired thickness, about .6cm or just under 1 cm. Cut out shapes using any type of shape cutter.
  5. Bake about 8-10 minutes.
  6. I baked the cookies for 8 mins. They were just barely done and were nice and soft.
  7. Once you have taken them out of the oven, wait a couple of minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  8. Once cool, then you can decorate them any way you want.
  9. Enjoy!
Notes
This recipe was adapted from frommelanieshometoyours

starcookiesThese were a fantastic cookie to make. The dough I found to be very stable when using the shape cutter. Even after baking, the cookies stayed in the star shape and didn’t come out misshapen. The cookies were lovely and soft and a great all-rounder cookie recipe. I am going to use this recipe for our Christmas cookies. I look forward to trying out all the different Christmas cookie cutter shapes.starcookies1Happy baking!wordpresssignature

 

Baking, Cakes, Lunch box goodies

Easy Chocolate Cupcakes

choccupcakechoccupcake1I try and bake what I can for the kids lunch boxes. I prefer giving them homemade goodies rather than the store bought packaged snacks. If I end up running out of baking time during the day, I will bake them something at night. Once we have had dinner and washing the kids down is done, I will head into the kitchen and make something. I try to pick out a recipe that is not too involved and is simple, easy and has a quick cooking time.

I jumped on Google and found these simple Chocolate cupcake recipe. I didn’t have enough butter so these were perfect as they have oil in them instead. I cut back on the sugar quantity and didn’t add any icing. I don’t like adding icing to the kid’s snacks when I cook them for the lunch boxes. The less sugar the better. And it saves me wiping out their lunch boxes!

Easy Chocolate Cupcakes
 
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This recipe makes 12 cupcakes.
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Recipe type: Lunch box goodies
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • I cup plain flour
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp granulated coffee powder
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp vanillla essence
  • ½ cup boiling water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 160°C fan forced/180°C
  2. Place cupcake liners in muffin tin
  3. Add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and coffee powder to a mixing bowl. Mix with together with a spoon or use a mixer.
  4. Add milk, vegetable oil, egg and vanilla essence to flour mixture and mix until combined.
  5. Slowly add the boiling water and carefully mix until combined. The mixture will be runny.
  6. Fill up cupcake liners evenly.
  7. Place in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes. Test with a cake skewer, it should come out clean.
  8. Once cooked remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on a cake rack.
  9. You can put icing on them if you wish but I left them plain. Better for the lunch boxes.
  10. Enjoy!
Notes
This recipe has been adapted from the recipe over at Add a Pinch

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