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Tea Party for Tay-Sachs Recipe #2 – Jaffa Cake Cupcakes

We love two things at The CATS Foundation – sweet and orange! So I wanted to share a recipe of some amazing cupcakes from the Hummingbird Bakery.

These have been tested at home and although we do not recommend them to beginners they are delicious and look incredible!

For the sponge: 

Jaffa Cake Cupcake

Jaffa Cake Cupcake

Jaffa Cake Cupcake Closeup

Jaffa Cake Cupcake Closeup

210g (7.oz) plain flour

250g (9oz) caster sugar

1 tbsp Baking powder

1/2 tsp Salt

210ml (7.oz) whole milk

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

100g (3.oz) smooth orange marmalade

For the frosting:

450g (1lb) icing sugar, sifted

6Og (2oz) cocoa powder, sifted

150g (5.oz) unsalted butter, softened

60ml (2fl oz) whole milk

Mini Jaffa Cakes, to decorate


one or two 12-hole deep muffin tins


1. Preheat the oven to 170C (325F), Gas mark 3, and line the muffin tins with paper muffin cases to make the number you require.
2. First make the sponge. In a freestanding electric mixer with the paddle attachment or using a handheld electric whisk, mix the butter, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together until they form a crumb-like consistency.
3. In a jug, mix together the milk, eggs and vanilla extract by hand.
4. With the mixer or whisk on a slow speed, gradually pour half the liquid into the flour and butter and mix thoroughly until combined. Turn up the speed and beat until the batter is smooth and thick with no lumps. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as you go along. Once any lumps are gone, turn the speed back down and gradually pour in the rest of the liquid, continuing to mix until smooth and combined.
5. Spoon the batter into the prepared paper cases, filling them two-thirds full. Using a 50ml (1.fl oz) ice-cream scoop can make this process easier and will result in even cupcakes.
6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cupcakes are golden brown and the  sponge bounces back when lightly touched. Leave to cool slightly before removing from the tins and placing on a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
7. Using a freestanding electric mixer with the paddle attachment or a handheld electric whisk, gradually mix the icing sugar, cocoa powder and butter together on a low speed until combined and there are no large lumps of butter.
Gradually add the milk while mixing on a slow speed. Once incorporated, increase the speed and beat until light and fluffy.
8. Once the cupcakes are cool, use a sharp knife to make a hollow in the centre of each cupcake, approximately 2cm (.in) in diameter and about 3cm ( deep. Retain the cut-out piece of sponge. Spoon about 1-2 teaspoons of orange marmalade into the hollow. Replace the cut-out piece of sponge, trimming to fit and pressing down gently to ensure that the top is level with the rest of the cake.
9. Spoon a generous amount of the frosting onto each cupcake, then gently smooth over with a palette knife, making a swirl at the top if you wish. Top each cupcake with a mini Jaffa Cake.

Tea Party for Tay-Sachs !

Tea for Tay-SachsWhat: Host a Tea Party – this is as BIG or as small event as you wish it to be…

When: Throughout the month of August 2013

Objective: Raise awareness of Tay-Sachs and funds to support The CATS Foundation

Where: Your garden or any table in your home that is big enough to accomodate your family and friends

How: Invite your loved ones around for afternoon tea (be as traditional or as OTT as you wish), ask for a small donation per guest for the lovely tea you are providing (suggested £5.00) and take a photo of your event at its best!

Theme: Tay-Sachs and The CATS Foundation! It’s all about raising awareness, so we will provide not only appropriate merchandise packs (more details on these coming soon) but will also be posting some ideas on hosting and party decoration!

What’s in it for you: fun, spending time with loved ones, raising awareness of an awful (and sneaky) disease and funds for a very good cause! Ah! And a prize (this is ‘suspense’ still)! So we will ask you to take a photo of your event and send to us or post on our FB page, the most voted photo wins!

So start looking into your diary and book a date! We will be asking for merchandise pack orders soon!

Happy New Year from Amelie!

We have somewhat neglected this blog for the past few months as we have been busy with setting up The Cure & Action for Tay-Sachs (CATS) Foundation. So, one of our New Years Resolutions for 2012 is to get back to updating this blog regularly!

So, we will start with Christmas – this year we spent it in Porto, which was great fun and a big change from last year where we were in the UK with my parents.

Amelie and her cousins on Christmas Eve

Amelie and her cousins on Christmas Eve

We were in Portugal for just over a week, which gave the three of us a chance to catch up with Patricia’s family and also her friends. Amélie was, as you can imagine, spoilt rotten by everyone which she really enjoyed!

The main highlight for me was seeing how happy she was with all the cuddles and kisses she got! Amélie seems to take after her mum and doesn’t mind being kissed and cuddled by everyone she met – being British I still find the whole kissing everyone you meet, including strangers, a little bit weird! The only downside to all the affection she was shown is that she enjoyed all the cuddles so much it has made putting her down for her afternoon nap a bit more difficult. Now we are home as she expects me to rock her to sleep in my arms!

It was also great to see her enjoy her food over Christmas. Feeding is always a concern due to her posture (we have the special chair at home) but she ate better than ever. She devoured everything put in front of her, which put a smile on her Grandparents as they kept saying she must prefer Portuguese food! It was also a great break for Patricia as she was able to catch up with her friends and family who she doesn’t get to see that often anymore. A few of them have already said they will try to come over to see the three of us later this year which will be nice. It sounds like we will be having a busy 2012!