Sunday, May 29, 2011

Quilts Plus Exhibition

Yesterday I went to the Quilts Plus Exhibition that was held at the Ringwood Church of Christ on Bedford Road in Ringwood. There were so many quilts to look at. You can see some of them from the photo on the right... it was great to see them all and very inspirational too.

The one on the left was my favourite one. I loved the colours and the impact the orange had on the whole design. It made it quite vibrant and punchy. It felt like it was coming out to greet you.

 I also really liked the butterfly quilt, shown on the right. I just liked the vibrancy of the colours on the other one better. A bit more me ;-)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Black Forest Cupcakes

425g can pitted cherries in syrup (I used about 50 cherries)
100g dark chocolate - coarsely chopped
1 1/3 cup castor sugar
1 cup plain flour
2 tbsp self raising flour
1 egg


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 170oC and line a 12 cupcake pan with cupcake papers.
  2. Drain the cherries and reserve the syrup.
  3. Take about 50 cherries and 3/4 cup of syrup and mash till cherries are broken up. Discard the rest of the syrup.
  4. Place the chocolate, butter, caster sugar and cherry mash into a saucepan. Over a low hear, stir until chocolate has melted.
  5. Pour into a large bowl and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
  6. Whisk in the sifted flours, then whisk in the egg. It is a runny mixture so don't worry.
  7. Divide the mixture evenly into the cupcake papers. The mixture doesn't rise a lot so you can probably fill the papers close to the top.
  8. Bake for about 35-40 minutes until firm to touch.
  9. Allow to cool for a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack.
  10. When completely cool, ice the cupcakes with fresh cream and decorate with a cherry, either a fresh one or one from the remaining cherries.

Original recipe found on

Jaffa Cupcakes

(makes around 18 cupcakes)


150gms dark chocolate buttons
250gms butter
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
2 cups castor sugar
2 extra large eggs
4tbs water
2/3 cup self raising flour
1 cup plain flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa

  1. Preheat oven to 160oC
  2. Heat orange juice and sugar in a heavy pan, once heated do not allow to boil. 
  3. Add butter and dark chocolate and stir till all combined. Set aside to cool for 15minutes. 
  4. Sift flours and cocoa together. 
  5. Add two eggs and water to cooled liquid mixture above and whisk in the flours. 
  6. Pour into patty pans and bake for approximately 35-40 minutes. 

Original recipe found on