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Coffee with Friends

16 March 2015

There is nothing better than a good morning coffee. Personal preference maybe, but slowly waking up with the potent smell of coffee beans is a well-loved moment of mine. This is even more enjoyable with company, sharing a steaming pot of coffee and indulging in a naughty slice of chocolate cake! 

When having friends over for a catch up and gossip, I really like to host. I find that having a pot of coffee on the table with a few nibbles really gets the conversation flowing. My favourite Coffee Pot has got to be this Enamel Coffee Pot in Flint.  Not only does the light grey go perfectly with my décor but it also injects a touch of French style into my kitchen. I like to leave the coffee to brew in the pot as I find it keeps its heat and packs in lots of flavour. I just serve with some milk in a Vintage Milk Bottle and Sugar in a Glass Spoonful of Sugar Dispenser for people to serve themselves; these little touches really help to make the occasion feel special.

If there is coffee, there most certainly has to be a cupcake or two! I love to bake, and more importantly love to bake with ease. I find that Garden Trading has all the essentials for quick and easy baking without having to compromise on style, I just love the shades of blue and grey that really complement my kitchen. Stock up on your baking essentials here.  

Weighing everything together is never a chore when I’m using my Garden Trading Weighing Scales, which are not only extremely efficient but look professional on my kitchen side. I like to mix everything up in my Bakewell Ceramic Mixing Bowl, this is a gorgeous green/blue and is the perfect baking companion. The bowl has a lip on one edge which makes pouring the mixture into cake cases very easy and prevents any work top spillages from dripping spoons!

Presentation is key to any coffee morning with friends and attention to detail is a must. I love my Enamel Muscat Mugs in Yellow and Flint. The Yellow adds a pop of colour and brightens up the morning whilst the mugs are lightweight, and a practical size with comfortable handles.

In the unlikely event that any cakes are left over once my friends leave, I store them in my Cake Tin. The tight-sealing lid keeps them perfectly fresh for the next day, while the wide choice of colours means that you can opt for the one most suitable for your kitchen to display it proudly on the counter.

Why not host your own coffee morning with these products and my deliciously simple cupcake recipe? We’d love to see pictures of your own scrummy bakes.

You will need:

100g Plain Flour                 1 ½ tsp Baking Powder  

20g Cocoa Powder             A Pinch of Salt

140g Caster Sugar             40g Unsalted Butter

120ml Milk                          1 Egg     

            ¼ tsp Vanilla Extract          12-hole cupcake try line with paper cases

 

The Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 170C (325C) Gas 3.
  2. Put the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter in a bowl and beat until you get a sandy consistency and everything is combined.
  3. Whisk the milk, egg and vanilla extract into a separate bowl and slowly pour about half into the flour mixture. Beat to combine and slowly add more of the mixture until smooth, do not over mix.
  4. Pour the mixture into the paper cases until two-thirds full and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the sponge bounces back when touched. A skewer inserted in the centre should come out clean. Leave the cupcakes to cool slightly in the tray before turning out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
  5. When the cupcakes are cool, spread some frosting on with a pallet knife or piping bag and decorate as you desire!

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