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GIANT cupcake (nom!)

Haha I love this pic, Leith just reminds me of a puppy dog that can see a treat but isn’t allowed to eat it yet

Me, Leith, Athina, GIANT cupcake

I’d been eyeing up a giant cupcake mould after I saw it on www.catchoftheday.com.au and I hunted around and finally got one for $10 – bargain!

Teeny came around to help me try it out. We made this sponge cake mix from the Edmonds cookbook:


  • 6 eggs
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ C caster sugar
  • 2 C plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 100g butter, melted
  • Food colouring


  1. Preheat oven to 190°C and grease cupcake mould with butter
  2. Beat eggs and salt
  3. Add sugar and beat until thick
  4. Sift flour and baking powder, then add to egg mixture
  5. Fold in butter
  6. Divide into thirds then gently fold in food colouring as desired (we chose red, purple & blue)
  7. Pour mixture into mould
  8. Bake for 20 mins or until cake springs back when lightly touched
  9. Leave in mould for 10 mins before turning out onto a wire rack


The top & bottom of the cupcake bake separately so before we put the top on we decided to put a secret surprise in the middle. We scooped out a hollow for the base of the cupcake, melted white choc around the scooped section then filled it with cream (we put the choc on to stop the cake from going soggy, plus it tastes good too). Then we placed the top on and covered the cake with cream and decorated with choc sprinkes & silver balls so it looked like a cupcake

Pirate Pumpkin Muffins

For the last few years at work we’ve supported the RSPCA cupcake day. Last year I jumped on board the baking team but I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to make until I came across these awesome pirate cupcake cups with pirate flags at cake deco (www.cakedeco.com.au – their website’s pretty average but their store just off Flinders Street is amazing… I can spend a whole arvo in there!).

I thought the perfect thing to go in these was my mum’s golden pumpkin muffins (cos we all know pirates love gold!). These muffins also remind me of home and my mum who is the most amazing cook that not only taught me everything she knows but she also gave me the passion for baking (thanks mum xx). Not only do they taste super yum but they make the whole house smell so homely.


  • 2 C self-raising flour, sifted
  • 1 ½ C brown sugar
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp grated nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 100g butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 C cooked, mashed pumpkins


  1. 1 Preheat oven to 200°C. Grease a 12 x 1/3-cup capacity muffin pan. Alternatively, line holes with paper cases.
  2. Combine the first 7 dry ingredients into a large bowl. Toss with a fork to combine thoroughly. Make a well in the centre.
  3. In another bowl, warm the butter until melted, add the eggs and beat well. Stir in the mashed pumpkin. Add to the dry mixture and fold together without overmixing.
  4. Put about ¼ cup of the mixture into each muffin cup
  5. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown and they spring back when pressed in the centre. Stand in pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

Tip – sprinkle some brown sugar on top of each muffin before baking for a delicious crunchy top

Usually you can just serve these with butter but to make these piratey to go with the cups and flags, I mixed some cinnamon into butter then piped it onto the muffin in a cross – to mark the treasure, arrrgh!

Well.. here we go!


The idea for this site started off so i could blog about the cupcakes that i make… but as nomnom.com was taken, i went with my name instead. So now I feel it can’t JUST be about baking so it’s going to be a site dedicated to anything that i make, do, like, and maybe even dislike.

Some of you already know, i like LOVE cats. They’re pretty rad! So they’re going to take up a fair amount of space here.

I also like to create things. Once upon a long long time ago I used to study fine arts. I still like to paint (when i get around to it!) and with my work i get to be creative too so I’ll pop up some pics of my projects.

And last but not least, i like food. From baking, cooking and best of all eating!


xx Amy


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