Valentine’s Cupcakes topped with Devon Fudge

Valentine’s cupcakes topped with Double Chocolate Fudge from The Devon Fudge Company are the perfect indulgence for this time of year.  Enjoyed by couples, families and kids alike, it doesn’t matter who you make them for, you know they have a versatile appeal and if you have kids they can be part of your Valentine’s celebrations.

For simplicity I just used the basic sponge recipe my mum taught me many years ago when I first started baking, 2 ounces of butter, sugar and flour to each egg.  This is a simple one for kids to follow too and my two love mixing it up in a bowl for me with a wooden spoon (whereas it’d be straight in my stand mixer if I was doing it!).

So here goes to make a batch of 10 generously sized cupcakes:

  • 2 eggs
  • 4 oz caster sugar
  • 4 oz butter
  • 3 oz self raising flour
  • 1 oz cocoa powder

Simply cream the butter and sugar together before slowly adding the beaten eggs, then fold the flour in to make a rich, chocolately batter.

Bake for approx 20mins in a 180c oven (test with a sharp knife to ensure cooked through in centre)

Then for the frosting I used a simple buttercream:

  • 80g unsalted butter
  • 160g icing sugar
  • a tablespoon of milk
  • small blob of red gel food colouring

Simply beat all the ingredients together, pipe on top of each cake and then decorate as you like, obviously here we have added small chunks of the utterly delicious Double Chocolate Fudge from The Devon Fudge Company along with some small pink chocolate hearts to add to the feel of  upcoming Valentine’s Day.

The Devon Fudge tastes utterly delicious.  We did taste test it before adding it to the cakes and didn’t want to lose the flavour in the cakes so put the pieces on top.  As you bite down into the cake you really taste the fudge in the icing and it makes a delicous addition to what otherwise would be a standard chocolate cake.

For a quick a simple homemade treat this Valentine’s why not make a batch of these cupcakes and don’t forget to add some Devon Fudge for that extra special touch and flavour!


All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.






Valentine’s crafts from Baker Ross

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s a great time to get kids crafting, and there’s nothing better than a pile of Baker Ross goodies to get them going.  The kits are simple to use, and come with practically everything you need and importantly always give effective results that children are proud off.


We started with some Heart Fuse Bead Kits, which came with heart templates and a variety of coloured beads.  Both children sat down and eagerly created their patterns taking inspiration from the image sheet provided.

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They both got quite engrossed and were determined to finish.  The prospect of me ironing their designs and them seeing the finished piece stuck together was exciting and they were thrilled with the finished results!

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We then moved onto bookmarks which are a great size and perfect for children to use or give to an adult as a gift.  The bookmarks first need to be coloured in and then some cross stitch added to the top, using a child friendly plastic needle.  You also get several colours of thread to choose from.

When my daughter started colouring one of these, my 5yr old boy really wanted to join in too, and it was his first ever go at sewing which he really loved and put his full concentration into – I just love his finished bookmark!

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All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

Valentine’s Personalised Bracelet – Review

There’s nothing a girl likes more on Valentine’s Day than receiving a piece of jewellery, so if you are stuck for ideas this year then take a look at this personalised hallmarked sterling silver bracelet consisting of entwined hearts with a heart charm attached from Treat Republic.

valentines braceletThe bracelet is presented in a black box, with a little cream, satin bag to keep the bracelet in (ideal if you are going away somewhere).  The heart links form a delicate but sturdy chain that looks pretty, with a heart charm hanging down.  The charm can be personalised with a name, date or initials of your choosing.  I chose to have my wedding date put on as we will be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary next month so I thought this would make a rather fitting gift to receive this year for Valentine’s Day.

I love this bracelet, it sits comfortably on the wrist, is easy to do up with a simple clasp, looks pretty and the personalisation on it makes it special, I’ve had a few people comment on it already!

If you are stuck for Valentine’s Day then why not head over to Treat Republic to check out this silver bracelet and many other jewellery gifts they have available.  You’re sure to find something to surprise your loved one with this Valentine’s Day!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the item in order to write the review.