silicone tray

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting


Yields 1 dozen cupcakes

The things you’ll need

Ingredients

Cupcake
  • 1 ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cups oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Frosting
  • 8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 ½ cup sifted powdered sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Equipment
  • 2 large mixing bowls
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • 2 rubber spatulas
  • Electric mixer
  • 2 sets of whisk attachments
  • Baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  • Ice cream scoop
  • Cupcake tray
  • Orange silicone liners
Decoration
  • Decorating bag fitted with a #849 tip
  • Pumpkin candies

Let’s get Started!

Cupcake
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, spices, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to combine the sugars, oil, pumpkin, eggs and vanilla extract until smooth. Fold in dry ingredients until just combined.
  4. Scoop batter into lined cupcake tray about ¾ full. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes. Allow to fully cool before frosting.
Frosting
  1. Use a hand mixer to beat cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add in powdered sugar, salt, vanilla and cinnamon and mix until smooth.

Time to decorate!

  1. Scoop frosting into a decorating bag fitted with a #849 tip. Pipe two swirls on top of each other and top with a pumpkin candy.
  2. Ta-da! Pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting!
Can You Feel The Love Tonight?

Word Count: 1.6k

Genre: Fluff and sort of domestic I guess

Warnings: None

Summary: It only takes a two hour wait and a couple of disney songs for Dan ad Phil to realise that they’re in love..

Disclaimer: I do not own Dan and Phil as they are their own people with rights to freedom so sadly I can’t keep them locked up in my basement

A/N: I just was having a disney sing-along and heard this and idk Dan and Phil have now infiltrated my childhood. Also I spent five minutes trying to convince my computer that vlogging was a real word, five minutes that I will now never get back. What I do for you people.

The video I named in the fic actually exists and you can check it out here or click here if you want to listen to the actual song this fic is named after

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“And now what do we do with our beautiful Easter children Phil?” Dan asked cheekily, holding the silicone tray full of their almost-eatable easter nests up towards the camera.

“You can leave them in a cool place or the fridge.” Phil replied for the fans’ benefit, smiling towards the blinking light that indicated recording.

“A cool place? What my bedroom?” Dan commented sarcastically, letting out a snort of laughter banishing the awkwardness before it had a chance to fully settle in.

“Put them in the fridge.” Phil said, rolling his eyes at Dan before grabbing their little vlogging camera to film a ‘dramatic’ closeup of Dan sliding their chocolate nests into the freezing enclosed space.

As Dan tugged the camera off Phil, starting to comment something about portions while zooming in on the easter nests sitting patiently in the fridge. Phil couldn’t help noticing the way that the flowers threaded onto the cheap flower crown sat so naturally on the crown on Dan’s head. For the first time it struck Phil how beautiful Dan’s hair was, even straightened. Phil shuddered, suddenly having to repress a strange urge to reach out and run his fingers gently through it.

“-we’re just going to CLOSE THE FRIDGE DOOR.” Dan exclaimed loudly, snapping Phil out of his reverie.

Dan lowered the vlogging camera, before turning to Phil, a slight frown appearing on his face, “What?”

“What what?” Phil replied, hoping that the guilt of his thoughts thirty seconds ago wouldn’t shine through his eyes.

“You were staring at me, is my hair off or..” Dan trailed off, his hand unconsciously reaching up to his hair to check it.

Phil let out a short chuckle, grabbing the camera out of Dan’s hands “I’m making sure that you don’t mess up my video, you idiot.”

Dan shrugged, Phil hoped that he’d imagined the flicker of disappointment that seemed to briefly flash in the depths of his copper eyes.

Dan moved over to beside the stove, picking up the bowl where they had melted the chocolate and using the wooden spoon, started to eat the remnants of the now-destroyed chocolate out of the bowl.

“How long do we leave them to cool for?” Dan asked, facing the still-recording camera.

“Leave them to cool for two hours!” Phil replied, excitedly sliding back into shot.

“Two hours?!” Dan exclaimed, “How do you expect me to keep that fridge closed for two hours?”

“I don’t.” Phil replied honestly, “But for the sake of the video I think that you should just keep licking the bowl.”

“Two hours..” Dan muttered, staring off into the distance.

“Or we could have a disney sing-along.” Phil suggested.

“Why the hell would we want to have a disney sing-along?” Dan replied, lifting his eyebrows at Phil.

“My Mum always used to make us sing disney songs whenever something was baking in the oven, I have a theory that the magic within the songs is what made her cooking so good.”

“You’re such a kid.” Dan mumbled, before sliding the bowl into the sink, which was already filling up with dirty dishes from their cooking escapade, before heading out of the kitchen.

“Hey! Where are you going?” Phil called after him.

Dan poked his head back round the kitchen entrance, “I’m getting my laptop so we can actually sing the tunes somewhat close to how they’re supposed to sound.”

“Okay.” Phil replied lamely, leaning back against the counter, waiting for Dan to return.

Dan burst back through the kitchen door only a few seconds later, triumphantly holding up his laptop which he then set upon the counter, opening it he entered youtube’s url, quickly signing out of his danisnotonfire account.

“In case I accidentally click anything.” Dan explained when Phil asked him why he signed out.

Raising his eyebrows incredulously, Phil watched as Dan proceeded to type “best disney songs” into YouTube, scrolling down the results until he finally selected one named “top 30 Disney songs.”

“Are you ready Phil?” Dan asked cheekily, pausing the video before it started for dramatic effect.

“You’re going to have to be the girl in any duets Daniel.” Phil pointed out, smiling.

“Oh god save us.” Dan sarcastically replied, “Do I need to fetch the wig?”

“You’ve got a flower crown, I don’t think that’ll be necessary.”

Dan took off the flower crown, triumphantly placing it on Phil’s head “Ha, not anymore.”

Phil sighed, “Dan? Please shut up and start the video.”.

“Point taken.” Dan replied, cracking his knuckles before hitting play.

“Oh god.” Dan groaned as Under The Sea started to blast its way out of the Mac’s speakers. “I’ll have this stuck in my head for days.”

“That means I’ll have to listen to you hum it terribly for days.” Phil teased.

Dan’s only reply was to launch himself into a very loud, and admittedly quite good impression of Sebastian.

And so they sang their way through every disney song that the video presented them with, Cinderella, Tangled, Sleeping Beauty, Dumbo (Dan had to grab a few tissues to mop up the betraying tears which had rolled down his cheeks), Mulan, Pocahontas, the two of them sang their way through more disney songs than they could ever remember hearing.

They had started waltzing around the room as a joke when “A Tale as Old as Time” from Beauty and the Beast came on, both of them singing it loudly and terribly, cracking up on every second line that rang through the tiny kitchen.

Of course Phil totally didn’t notice the way that Dan’s eyes lit up when they locked with his own, the way Dan’s laugh seemed to rebound around the tiny space, amplifying the joy, the deep carve that Dan’s dimple made in his cheek…

“A Tale as Old as Time.. A Song as Old as Rhyme… Beauty and the Beast…” both of them trailed off as their dance slowed considerably, both of their hearts racing together in sync.

As the jarring notes from the last song on the list blared out, they averted their eyes, both of them blushing considerably.

Dan looked over at the screen, laughing when he realised which film it was from “I can see what’s happening…” he began.

Phil looked up, his hand still locked in Dan’s own and his arm still snaking around Dan’s waist. “And they don’t have a clue!” he exclaimed as loudly as he could, trying to erase all memory of the moment that had just transpired.

“They’ll fall in love and here’s the bottom line…” Dan continued dramatically.

“Our trio’s down to two!” They both sang out, their eyes locking.

“Zhe sweet caress of twilight.” Dan continued in an extremely affected French accent.

“There’s magic everywhere,” Phil hurried, trying not to encourage his racing imagination.

“And with all this romantic atmosphere.” Dan sobbed comically.

“Disaster’s in the air!” they both finished, breaking into giggles as they began to waltz around.

Can you feel the love tonight… the song continued as Dan continued to laugh, somehow moving closer to Phil as though they were two magnets, unable to be separated

Phil couldn’t keep a stupid smile from spreading wide across his face as the song continued, The peace the evening brings… as outside their window, the sun began to set, the air filling with the birds’ evensong.

“The world for once, in perfect harmony.” Dan quietly sang, almost breathlessly.

“With all its living things.” Phil continued in the same quiet tone.

As they continued to waltz around, the dance no longer forced, each step flowing effortlessly into another, each movement bringing them closer and closer than the last until the only parts of them that weren’t touching were their heads.

“He’s holding back, he’s hiding.” Dan whispered in time with the song, his faint breath ghosting over Phil’s lips.

“But what, I can’t decide.” Phil breathed back, he felt like he was falling, his heart in his throat with what felt like a hundred butterflies trying to flutter their way free out of his stomach.

“Why can’t he be the king I know he is,” Dan moved his head forward slightly, so their foreheads were barely brushing, a million volts of electricity seemed to be soaring through Phil at the slight contact.

He wasn’t falling at all, Phil decided desperately trying to get ahold of any sort of coherent thought as the last line rang out in the background, unheard by either of them. No, he wasn’t falling, Phil was flying.

It was impossible to figure out which of them moved first, but suddenly they were kissing, their lips barely brushing past each other and oh god, the butterflies seemed to have broken free, replaced by a golden light that seemed to sear its way through both of them, starting from their connected lips.

Can you feel the love tonight?

You needn’t look far.

Stealing through the night’s uncertainties.

Love is where they are.

As the song finished, so did the unspeakable euphoria that was the contact between them, they both pulled away at the same time, resting their foreheads against one another’s as a calm joy passed between them.

“And if they fall in love tonight.” Dan sang quietly as he changed the words to apply, unable to keep his sun of a smile from his face.

“It can be assumed.” Phil replied the atmosphere in the room filling him up with intoxicating bliss.

“Their carefree days as friends are history.” Dan replied, unable to keep the slight smirk off his face as he changed the words.

“As they whisper I love you.” Phil, finished, smiling back at the changed words, as they move in for another searing kiss in an infinite chain to come.

Vegan Reese’s Hearts

Vegan PB filled dark chocolate hearts! I loved Reeses peanut butter cups when I ate dairy, but I figured a Vegan alternative would be easy to make!!

Ingredients:
150g Dark Chocolate (make sure it doesn’t contain dairy)
¼ Cup Smooth Peanut butter.

Method:
1. Melt 100g of the chocolate in a small bowl.
2. Spoon into moulds (I used a silicone ice tray), making sure the chocolate is spread on the sides.
3. Freeze for 10 minutes or until solid.
4. Spoon just under a teaspoon of peanut butter into each of the chocolate shells.
5. Melt the remaining 50g of chocolate.
6. Spoon the melted chocolate over the peanut butter to seal the chocolate mould.
7. Freeze for 30 minutes until completely solid.
8. Pop out of the moulds and keep chilled!


You can temper the chocolate in a Bain-Marie if you want to give it a glossy finish- my temperature probe is broken so I didn’t bother this time!

Enjoy! xo

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Make your sweetheart some sweet hearts for Valentine’s Day!

Easy DIY Sugar Hearts

Materials:

  • white sugar
  • food dye or natural food coloring
  • water
  • mug or bowl
  • candy mold or ice cube tray(silicone recommended)
  • spoon

Instructions:

Pour about 1 cup of sugar into your bowl. Start with just a small spoonful of water and stir the sugar until the texture is like wet sand, granulated and sticky. Add more water if necessary to get to the right consistency.

Add a drop of dye and mix until the sugar is a smooth color. Fill your molds and gently press with your fingers to pack it down. Leave in the freezer overnight, until the sugar is hard.

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BACON AND EGG HERBED MUFFINS

These little babies are the easiest to make, are great to do in bulk and make the perfect “grab and go” clean paleo friendly meal. Eat as a snack or serve with a salad for a more elaborate meal.

YOU WILL NEED…

  • middle bacon rashers at least 1 for every 2 cupcakes
  • eggs (1 per cup cake you are making)
  • fresh herbs (I used oregano, basil, coriander & sage
  • pine nuts (optional)
  • salt and pepper
  • coconut oil
  • silicon muffin trays

HERE’S WHAT YOU DO…

  1. Using your fingers or a brush, rub the inside of the trays with the coconut oil, just to be safe.
  2. Preheat oven at 180 degrees
  3. Cut the bacon into long even strips and line them around the sides of each tray. Use your off cuts to place in the bottom. Don’t be too fussy…it all holds together once cooked.
  4. Throw in some chopped herbs and some pine nuts.
  5. Crack an egg into each tray
  6. Sprinkle some salt and pepper on top
  7. Bake in the oven for at least 30mins or until the whites are solid.
  8. Allow to cool for about 10 mins before popping them out of the tray.
  9. Enjoy!! xx

Banana choc chip protein muffins

🍁Ingredients:

1 c oat flour
1 1/4c french vanilla #OxyWhey protein powder @EHPlabs
1c mashed overly ripe banana (approx. 2 large bananas)- mashed.
1/4c nonfat greek yogurt
1 egg
3/4c unsweetened almond milk
1tsp baking soda
1/4tsp salt
1/4c sugar free maple syrup (agave/honey)
1/2c coconut palm sugar (blonde) or you choice of sweetener. (Big Tree Farms- iherb.com discount code TQT398)
1 double Choc chunk #questbar roughly chopped @QuestAUS or 2/3c vegan mega chunk choc chips (@EnjoyLife iherb.com- my discount code is TQT398).
¼ c coconut oil (melted)
🍁Method:

🍃Preheat oven to 175C. Line a 12 hole muffin tray with silicon moulds or baking paper and set a side.

🍃In a small small bowl, mix together the maple syrup and coconut palm sugar. Stir in the Greek yogurt, egg and mashed banana and coconut oil here.

🍃In a medium bowl, gently mix the protein powder, flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together.

🍃Pour the wet and dry ingredients gently. Slowly fold the batter whilst slowly stirring in the milk (will still be quite thick).

🍃Fold Choc chips. (Do not overmix the batter, which will lead to dry, tough muffins).

🍃Pour the batter between the 12 muffin tins. Fill to the top.

🍃 Bake for 18-20min (depending on your oven). A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean. Allow the muffins to cool completely.

Makes 12 muffins.

Macros 114 CALS P14 C10 F2