Before choosing a recipe, I decided I wanted to make something a bit different to the classic Victoria sponge or iced cupcakes therefore I pulled out one of my favourite cookbooks - The Hummingbird Bakery Home Sweet Home.
The lovely thing about this cookbook is that there is such a variety of different recipes that there is bound to be something that everyone loves. I looked for a recipe that was reasonably basic and didn't require having to go out and buy lots of ingredients we didn't already have in the cupboards. This, therefore was why I plumped for the cookies and cream cupcakes as the only ingredient I needed to pick up were the double chocolate cookies.
What surprised me when making the cupcakes was how easy they were to bake. I didn't expect them to be so simple as usually The Hummingbird Bakery cookbooks can have some more complicated recipes in them. Although they're called cupcakes, they are actually muffin sized...
After what didn't seem like long .... and a lot of mess later ... the cupcakes were ready to go in the oven. The recipe instructed to break the double chocolate cookies (I used Maryland's) into quarters and place them in the filled muffin cases. This is how they looked before going in the oven for 20 minutes at 170 degrees...
20 minutes later, the cupcakes came out of the oven looking rather large. I popped them onto a cooling rack and cracked on with making the icing. Again, this was a very easy process which didn't take long at all however required an awful lot of icing sugar (500g!) therefore certainly isn't the healthiest. After spreading the icing messily onto the muffins with a palette knife, the only thing left to do was crumble some cookies on top of the cakes and pop them on a cake stand.
To make them look more like Birthday cakes, I added three candles to the three cupcakes on the top tier.
Overall, I was pleased with how they turned out and by the looks of the empty plates everyone seemed to enjoy them! I would highly recommend buying The Hummingbird Bakery Home Sweet Home and attempting this recipe as it was simple yet the result was delicious.
Bye for now! xx