Vanilla Cupcakes with Jasmine Buttercream

Vanilla Cupcakes with Jasmine Buttercream

I must admit that this is one of those recipes that came about by chance.  Actually, it was created out of… leftovers.  I once made my Lavender and Jasmine Macarons and did not use all the Jasmine buttercream.  I had no intention of throwing it out and, even though the temptation was quite strong, I resisted…

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Paw Print Cupcakes

Paw Print Cupcakes

I made these Paw Print Cupcakes for my daughter’s 5th birthday party.  The theme was “kittens”, as Georgia loves cats, so these cupcakes fitted the bill perfectly.  Not only, they were also very easy to make and decorate and the results were excellent.  I love how they look!  I made some vanilla cupcakes as a…

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Broken Glass Cupcakes

Broken Glass Cupcakes

Happy Halloween everyone!  I cannot believe it’s the end of October already!  This year has just flown!  Even though I haven’t experienced this holiday while growing up, I always get excited about it.  My kids love this day and we will be going trick or treating in our area, just like last year and the…

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Orchid and Chocolate Cupcakes

Orchid and Chocolate Cupcakes

If you have been following Manu’s Menu for a while, you would have noticed that the site got a bit of a make-over.  I have been thinking about changing the look of my blog for a while, but never really took the plunge… until now.  There are still a few issues to fix and I…

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Snow Cupcakes

Snow Cupcakes

I made these Snow Cupcakes for my daughter’s Frozen birthday party.  She loves cupcakes, so they are always on her party menus… This time, I wanted to make them a little different.  You see, I love making cupcakes because I think they look really beautiful and you can play around with so many flavour and…

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Mini Carrot Cupcakes

MINI CARROT CUPCAKES WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

I always make cupcakes for my kids birthday parties as I love how festive they look and kids always devour them!  As my youngest daughter’s birthday party was all about Miffy (and bunnies), I thought of making carrot cupcakes in the hope of keeping things on the “healthy side” (well… at least they did have…

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GEORGIA’S 4TH BIRTHDAY

On the 1st my youngest daughter turned 4!  If you read this blog regularly, you will know that my family has been hit by a bout of flu that put my husband and daughters in bed for a week.  We had planned Georgia’s birthday party for the 1st of December.  Her nonni were meant to…

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Butterfly Cupcakes

BUTTERFLY CUPCAKES

My eldest daughter requested some cupcakes for her Tinkerbell birthday party.  I love cupcakes, I think they are the cutest little things, but I was making a cake covered with fondant, serving marshmallows, chocolate and lots of other sugary items already.  The thought of making frosted cupcakes too, was not really appealing to me.  I…

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CHOCOLATE AND ORANGE MINI CUPCAKES

If you follow this site more or less regularly, you already know that I love small desserts… I love the fact that they are (almost) guilt free and even more I love the fact that you can eat 2 or 3 different desserts for the calories of a single big one.  You see, I love…

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HOT CROSS BUN CUPCAKES

How cute are these??  That was my reaction when I first saw these beauties over at Not Quite Nigella’s site!  Lorraine always has amazing ideas and this was one that stuck to my mind.  I saw them last Easter and knew then that I HAD to make them.  You see, I discovered hot cross buns…

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PEPPA PIG CHOCOLATE & VANILLA CUPCAKES

These are the cupcakes I made for my daughter’s birthday party.  My kids have a very sweet tooth (they took this after their daddy! ;-P), so cupcakes are a must for their birthday parties.  I love making them as I have great fun, especially deciding on the decorations and colours.  I was not very adventurous…

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GEORGIA’S 3RD BIRTHDAY

On the 1st my youngest daughter turned 3 and I have been quite busy organising her birthday party.  This was also the first time that her nonni were physically present for her birthday, so it was even more exciting for everyone!  Yes!  My parents are visiting us from Italy and we are having a great…

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MINI CHEESECAKE CUPCAKES

I love cheesecake… who doesn’t?  I have made my share of no-bake cheesecakes, but to tell you the truth, I still have to make a baked cheesecake at home.  Don’t ask me why, but baking a cheesecake always intimidated me.  After making these little gems though, I think I am going to have to bake myself…

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CHOCOLATE AND VANILLA SHARK MINI CUPCAKES

I made these mini cupcakes for Victoria’s 5th birthday party.  The theme was The Little Mermaid and the sea, so I decided to make the icing blue, like the sea.  I decorated them with some shark fins made out of chocolate.  As I had already made many sweets for the party, I kept the flavours of…

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Vanilla and Lemon Mini Cupcakes

VANILLA AND LEMON MINI CUPCAKES

I think mini cupcakes are among the prettiest sweets ever.  There is nothing more beautiful and elegant than small, bite sized spongy cakes covered in a coloured swirl of fluffy icing.  I only recently discovered these treats, but they quickly became a favourite of mine to bake and I often take them to parties and…

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