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12.9.11

I Love Cake: Fruit and Nut Cupcakes.

Mmmmmmm finally a linky most of us can drool over.
The super lovely Jenny from Mummy Mishaps has created a linky for all us cake lovers to join in with.

In her introduction for the monthly link up, Jenny says:
Once a month I will choose a theme (am open to suggestions if you have a good one), for example, December will be a Christmas theme. Then all you need to do is to make your cake of choice and then come back to my blog and link it up, to include the recipe, how you made it and any photos you took. I appreciate you are all busy so if you haven't had time to make the cake that month but have one you have posted before on your blog, then please link that one up instead.
The theme for the first week is
CUP CAKES as it is National Cup Cake Week from 12th-19th September.
I was making cakes anyway last week with Charles. This being the first time we'd made cakes together. My first batch was perfect and then second batch [which I made without Charles' help] failed miserably.
So the next day I recruited my little baker again and cracked on with the job at hand.
There were certain flavours I wanted to attempt but I ran out of ingredients so I looked at what I had and realised I had a craving for a particular chocolate bar so this gave me my inspiration [to an extent]

Fruit and Nut Cupcakes
Makes 12 cupcakes
125g caster sugar
125g butter
2 eggs
125g self raising flour
Raisons [as many as you'd like]
Chopped hazelnuts
Nutella
Mix together your sugar and butter
Add both eggs, one at a time, folding in some flour each time
Fold in the remainder of the flour and mix well
Once you have a smooth cake mixture add some of the chopped hazelnuts [leaving some for the top of the cakes] and mix
Then add your raisons and mix also
Once you are happy with the mixture, spoon it into cake cases which have been placed onto a baking tray [preferably one suitable for cakes/yorkshire puddings, you know the ones I mean]
Place into a preheated oven and bake 180oC / 160oC [fan assisted oven] for about 20 minutes.
 Once these come out then take a dollop [thats the technical term for blob] of Nutella and spread on top. YOU decide how much.
Then add a sprinkle of hazelnuts.
Leave the cakes to cool and then eat them all before anyone else see's and wants to have a taste! 

These are really gorgeous and take almost like a cake version of a Ferrero Rocher than a fruit and nut bar. I will be making this as a chocolate cake as well as a plain sponge as it would work perfectly.  
Charles very rarely eats a whole cake but he demolishes this within minutes!

*Be warned, the nutella makes it messy if you don't handle with care but its sooooo yummy with it.

Now head on over and drool at some of the other cake recipes....mmmmmmm cake.

I Love Cake