Orange-fleshed sweet potatoes are rich in beta carotene (a source of vitamin A), and eating fat with beta carotene rich foods helps the body absorb vitamins, so using them
This unusual icing only takes a couple of minutes to make. Once these cupcakes are iced you can let them set or eat while they’re still sticky – it’s up to you!
Bananas lend themselves to natural sweeteners like maple syrup and honey. Add walnuts to offset the sweetness and to give the cupcakes a little crunch.
Chocolate baskets filled with Kirsch cream and fresh cherries are delightful treats to serve at a dinner party.
Sweet juicy raspberries and creamy white chocolate go together so well. These delicious light and fluffy cupcakes are perfect served with afternoon tea.
Muffins are different to cupcakes, they should be made quickly and the mixture stirred only until it comes together.
Don’t worry – you won’t have to crack whole eggs to get this lovely sunny-side-up look. Serve these cupcakes for breakfast with a glass of freshly squeezed juice.
Even if you don’t have green fingers, you can still have a garden atop a cupcake.
Gluten-free flour has a variety of uses. Look for it in speciality food or health shops. Add a little more liquid than you would when using normal flour, since it will be absorbed.
The combination of rhubarb and ginger is magnificent. It is believed that rhubarb originated in China, where it was used for its medicinal properties.
The marriage of lavender and honey is truly wonderful. If you can find lavender honey, it will enhance the flavour even more.
Lightly crushed fennel seeds give this cupcake a sweet liquorice flavour. In India, they are chewed after meals to refresh the breath.
These little treats are wonderful for the lactose-intolerant cupcake lover.
It’s best to move these cupcakes from freezer to refrigerator 30 minutes before serving.
These cupcakes are made with low-fat spread to reduce calories, but they don’t miss out on taste – they have the intense flavour that comes from using real vanilla. Vanilla paste is a convenient and economical way to get the speckled look and vibrant flavour of fresh vanilla, but it varies by manufacturer, so check the label to see how many teaspoons equal one fresh pod.
These cupcakes are perfect for those using the glycaemic index to monitor their diet. Low glycaemic foods release their sugars slowly – and are thus more beneficial for maintaining blood sugar levels.
To make this authentically vegan, you must use specially labelled vegan chocolate chips.
The low-fat version of the classic American cake. If you can’t get fat-free cream cheese for the icing, use fat-free plain yoghurt.
Low in fat with super-food blueberries – you may feel virtuous when you bake these!
This is an old classic British pudding that has recently enjoyed a bit of a renaissance.
Simple to make and low in fat, this recipe is based on the classic streusel cake.
Ricotta cheese is lower in fat than cream cheese and it has a great texture.
My good friend Beverley Glock gave me this recipe. She runs a company called ‘Splat’, which organises children’s parties where both children and adults can bake.
These cupcakes are perfect for a home-style wedding. Each of your guests can take one home as a memento of the day.
Think pink while you’re icing and you will have a whole manner of coloured cupcakes!
Building s’more cupcakes is great fun for everyone. They require little fuss and effort, with a quick assembly and baking time.
These cupcakes are delightful for a Christmas gathering. You can serve them on Christmas Eve when Santa’s sleigh has set off and the kids are tucked into bed.
These fun and festive little cakes will look superb on your Christmas dessert table. You can find ready-rolled fondant icing at cake decorating and baking supply shops.
Make these with matzoh meal, also known as cake meal. We have added fresh blueberries to these passover treats.
A classic cake scaled down to a cupcake! When turning out the cupcakes, allow the sweet juices of the pineapple to be absorbed into the golden sponge.
Couscous, the world’s smallest pasta, is a staple throughout northern Africa. It gives these cupcakes a light and elegant texture.
These delightful cupcakes contain a rich and gooey caramel surprise. They are an ideal companion for a cup of Earl Grey tea.
These cupcakes make a delightful romantic gift for your true love on Valentine’s Day – don’t forget to attach a lover’s message!
Our version of the classic Mardi Gras ‘king cake’. The colours traditionally used on the cake represent justice, faith and power.
An unusual take on the classic lemon meringue pie. The cupcakes look great, and taste even better!
Try using different oval or rectangular-shaped friand pans. They are available from speciality cookware shops. If you can't find a friand pan, a regular muffin tin works fine.
Making these cupcakes in espresso cups adds a special touch to the end of a meal.
Try this rich and robust cupcake recipe for an unusual and tasty twist on the classic bread pudding.
Bake these cakes in little bundt pans for a really extravagant-looking cupcake. You can also use ordinary muffin tins.
These mouthwatering little cupcakes make stunning individual desserts. Make them ahead of time and all you’ll have to do is pop them on a plate when your guests are ready.
This recipe is great for lazy summer days when plump, sweet, and juicy strawberries are at the height of their season.
The classic German dessert ‘Black Forest Gâteau’ was the inspiration for this cupcake.
Technically, white chocolate is not a chocolate, but it tastes just as decadent!
The Spanish conquistadors brought chocolate back from Mexico, a fact that inspired this delicious combination of dark chocolate and tingling chilli.
These cupcakes are so simple to make, you won’t hesitate to make another batch!
Cooking with flowers goes back centuries. You can find old recipes for flower water, jellies, jams and yes, cupcakes!
Cardamom has a pungent aroma and is often used in Indian cooking to flavour curries.
Rosewater is a delicate, sweet flavouring made by steeping rose petals in water, oil or alcohol. Try to use unsalted pistachios in this recipe.
The hummingbird cake is a classic recipe from the American South.
Cinnamon brings a delicate sweetness to this cupcake recipe and complements the apple sauce marvellously.
The plain chocolate in this recipe gives the icing a wonderful glossy sheen.
The inspiration for these cupcakes came from the classic English Bakewell tart.
These light, shell-shaped cupcakes hail from the town of Commercy in the Lorraine region of France.
You’ll love these delicate little numbers, which can be served with tea or as a dessert.
You could make these dense, sticky gingerbread cupcakes in terra cotta pots to give them a rustic charm. The sharp lemon drizzle helps to cut the sweetness of the gingerbread.