8 cakes, is that excessive?!

After a stressful couple of days travelling and networking, it was lovely to get back home and relax... well attempt to! I have 2 days (!) until my first exam and a week until I am done, believe me I am counting them down :S I really hate exams and find them so stressful- I think I worry far too much though so I am trying to stay upbeat :) As part of my revision today, two of my friends came round (hello Laura and George!) so we could watch 'Ben-Hur'
For anyone who hasn't already seen it, I thoroughly recommend this film. It is truly deserving of the 'epic' epithet and Charlton Heston is brilliant as the troubled Ben Hur. The film won 11 Oscars and is best known for the infamous 'chariot race'. It may be 3 and a half hours long but it is definitely one of the best films I have seen in a long time.
As other students may be aware, revision/ work of any kind makes you hungry and Danni and I are no exception to this rule. We decided to make some summery cakes to give us a welcome break from studying and to provide us with some yummy snacks at the same time :) We doubled up this recipe from the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook and just added our own spin to the mixture to create 3 unique flavours. 
 (We used two thirds of the mixture for each flavour which made 36 cupcakes in total)
First up... CHOCOLATE! I had some chocolate left over from when I made rice krispie cakes a while back which we grated and added some vanilla essence to. 
Freckly cakes! :D 
Peach and vanilla is also a classic combination and our cakes were perfectly moist and airy :) 
Our ever growing cake tower :D
Last but not least, glace cherries and sultanas, made that little bit better with the addition of Disaronno Amaretto ;)
A tower of cupcakes, best enjoyed with lovely housemates and the football on the telly...
How do you rate England's chances in the World Cup? Have you tried any new recipes recently? 


Sarah said...

Reading through the cupcakes and got to the sultana & cherries one and was just thinking "blimey that sounds a bit boring" when you added amaretto :D Excellent choice!!

Maria Fallon said...

I add Amaretto to everything! It is especially good with stewed plums... YUM! I don't think you can go wrong with a good fruit cake though...tea loaf is my favourite :)

Maria xxx

Sherin said...

Those cakes look awesome! I probably would've eaten about 10! Thats normal, right?
Good luck with your exams!

Maria Fallon said...

Sherin, seriously I have eaten literally a million! OOPS :P Thank you, I am dreading them, I have 3 consecutive days of exams and then one on Saturday :( BOO!

Maria xxx

Ella said...

hello treasure
im a new follower and wow isnt your blog adorable!
there really are not many blogs like yours follow follow follow!
im a fan!
and i reckon 8 cakes is just about right;)
belle xxxx

Maria Fallon said...

Belle- That really made me smile so thank you! It is always lovely to meet a new follower so welcome :D And the cakes were just SO yummy that we HAD to eat them all ;)

Maria xxx

Leia said...

I want some pleeeeease!