Thursday, 2 January 2014

Happy Blogoversary and Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone and Happy 4th Birthday to my blog! I really can't believe that it's been 4 years since I started this blog. It has gone from strength to strength and I have all of you to thank. I've met so many fantastic bloggers through this blog - some on their blogs, some via twitter and some in person! A year ago I wrote that 2012 was a great year for my blog and I planned to take a slower pace in 2013 due to other commitments. I've certainly blogged less, a total of 113 posts compared to 166 in 2012 but it didn't feel like I baked any less! I managed to expand my repertoire a little and venture outside my comfort zone mainly in baking pastry and trying out a few unusual flavour combinations and ingredients. 

I'm not sure yet what direction my blog will take in 2014 but I do know that I definitely want to keep it going. I guess we'll all have to wait and see :) 

Right no more long soppy messages or reflections, on to the cake! This was actually a cake I made for a colleague who told her husband she wanted to be treated 'like a princess for a day" So it was decided (by my team!) that I would bake a big pink cake and I chose to make this giant vanilla raspberry cupcake cake. It has fresh raspberries in the batter and raspberry jam in the middle. It's decorated with white chocolate fingers, piped buttercream roses, wafer butterflies and coloured sugar pearls and some edible glitter. The finishing touch is the pink satin ribbon. Everyone was really impressed with the presentation of the cake and it tasted heavenly. Light and soft sponge with lovely tart raspberries. A perfect celebration for a birthday - for my colleague and for my dear blog. It also looks much better than my previous attempt so I'm doubly pleased with myself. 

 I love fresh raspberries! I know it's not seasonal but it's just so pretty and tasty too. 

 ready to go in the oven 

 looking good 
 Fill with raspberry jam 

 spread buttercream around the cake and arrange white chocolate fingers around the base 

 ready to be decorated 

 view from the top 

 can you see the edible glitter? 

This recipe makes 1 giant cupcake and 6 small cupcakes - be careful not to overfill the giant cupcake mould! 

For the cake
375g butter
375g sugar
6 eggs
375g self raising flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
150g fresh raspberries

For the icing
300g icing sugar
120g butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-4 tablespoons of milk
pink gel paste (optional)

For the filling and decoration
Raspberry jam
White chocolate fingers (about 1.5 boxes) 
Edible glitter
Pink satin ribbon

  • Preheat the oven to 180C.
  • Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs one at a time and mix well between each addition.
  • Mix in the flour and vanilla extract.
  • Finally stir in the fresh raspberries.
  • Fill the cupcake mould until 2/3 full - do not overfill!
  • Bake for approximately 40-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool completely.
  • Sandwich the top and bottom with raspberry jam.
  • Make the icing by beating all the ingredients together until smooth. 
  • Decorate as shown above. 


  1. Happy blogoanversary. I love how the raspberries come through once baked and it is decorated beautifully x

  2. Happy blogging birthday, four years- Whatan amazing milestone and here's to the next four cake filled blogging years...

  3. Happy bloggy birthday! That's a great achievement and a lovely cake to celebrate it with. Can't wait to see what you come up with this year! :)

    1. Thanks Susie! I'm excited for this year too :)

  4. Happy Blog Birthday! The cake looks very nice and neat!

    1. Thanks! I've finally managed a decent giant cupcake - yay!

  5. Happy blogversary dear! This cake look amazing and delicious!!

  6. Congratulations on blogging for 4 years, that's great! I love your cake, it looks beautiful and sounds really yummy!

  7. Happy 4th birthday! My little blog is one, that cake looks stunning, such a pretty colour ros.

    1. Thanks everyone thoroughly enjoyed the cake :)

  8. Happy New Year, Happy 4th blogiversary and what an AMAZING cake! She must have been one delighted lady. Simply beautiful.

    1. Thanks Louisa. She was absolutely amazed by the cake as was everyone else including me!

  9. Happy New Year and blog birthday!! A great cake to celebrate with, it's a stunner. Raspberries are so delicious baked in sponges.

    By the way, I also commented on your new blog post (the chocolate orange cake) but accidently from a different email account. Just thought I'd let you know it was me!

    1. Thanks Jo and Happy New Year to you too. I love raspberries and all berries in sponges.

  10. Happy Blogoversary! Great to see what you can achieve in 4 years. And your cake looks amazing!


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