Wednesday, 20 January 2010


A few years ago I made myself a birthday cake, which did not go down well with Mr Lemon Drizzle as he had already bought me a cake, which while incredibly generous and thoughtful.was a SHOP BOUGHT CAKE!!!
Last year I did not make a cake so as not to rain on his parade, and of course no cake arrived.
This year I made the first strike and actually asked if there was to be a cake.
"I'll buy you one" he said
"I will not have a SHOP BOUGHT CAKE for my birthday!!!! Are you prepared to make me a cake?"
"No I am not"
So I let it be known to my family that I will make myself a birthday cake.  However as they are suffering from cake fatigue I decided to go with cupcakes.
I have adapted this recipe from a Nigella cake to make 12 cupcakes.

Beat the butter and sugars together until creamy.  Add the eggs and then sift in the flour and mix together. Mix in 2-3 tablespoons of cream until a soft dropping consistancy is achieved.  Divide between 12 cupcake cases.

Cook in a pre-heated oven 175 fan for 15-20mins, until golden brown and springy to touch.

For the frosting disolve the sugar in the water by heating gently, do not stir as this crystalises it.  Once disolved boil until it becomes a dark golden caramel.  (I use a sugar thermometer as it stops me worrying about temperatures.)  Take the pan off the heat and whisk in the cream, then leave to cool.
Beat the cream cheese and a third to a half of the caramel.  You may need to leave it to harden a bit before you top the cupcakes.

For a little extra naughtiness drizzle some of the caramel onto the cakes!


  1. yum, yum, yum! Happy birthday Natasha, hope you enjoy your delicious cakes. I LOVE your photos and the style of your blogs - v. inspiring :o)

  2. I almost feel sorry for poor Mr Lemon Drizzle. :)
    BTW - you haven't changed a bit in all these years!

  3. Don't feel sorry for him, he has a good life!
    As for not changing, well I didn't do a close up so that you wouldn't see the wrinkles and I dyed my hair last night!

  4. It's rather unfair to put such yummy cakes up on your blog when there is no chance of your loving mum having one!!!!

  5. Happy Birthday Natasha! Those cakes look soooo delicious and the beautiful photography shows them off a treat!

  6. Hope you have had a wonderful birthday xxx

  7. Wow you have tempted me to have a go of these delicious cupcakes they look so scrummy happy birthday enjoy:)
    tracy x

  8. Yammie, looks delicious ....Lovely photos!

    Have a happy thursday,

    ~*~ saskia ~*~

  9. hope you had a happy, happy day! such deliciously scrumptious looking cupcakes (not to mention that gorgeous cake stand!)

  10. hello! i´ve been following your flickr gallery since a long time and now your blog and I love it.
    I linked it to my new one:
    I hope you will enjoy it as much as I enjoy yours
    Please feel free to link us in yours if you like it.Our Best!!! María,nuria and Gavina =baingia

  11. Hello, just saw your little bird house cake on UK handmade, its stunning! Your work is beautiful, and your blog is lovely, although it is making me hungry :) !

  12. That delicious recipe is to die for but I cannot help noticing that something is missing (calories)... I suppose I can eat the ones from the screen, scratch and sniff I wish. YUMMMMY

  13. Oh you wicked temptress!!Am going to make them tomorrow- the diet will start NEXT month!
    Love your blog.
    Warm Wishes,
    Cally x

  14. Hello. I just found your lovely blog so thought I would say hi. I live down the road from you in Tring!

  15. came straight from flickr to here to retrieve this yummy recipe.I love how you took pics of the ingredients so creative i guess its in your nature.Love your work.. Oh Happy belated birthday Natasha! :)

  16. oh your blog is adorable - i love the way you share your recipes :o) And those cupcakes look divine !!! I found you via the dorset blog awards so I'm off to give you a vote :o) Michelle x