Rachel’s Orange and Cranberry Cupcakes Recipe

IMG_5473Nothing says Christmas like some yummy home baking and todays Orange and Cranberry Cupcakes recipe is sure to please. They’re super moist, wonderfully fragrant and everything right down to the icing is just a notch above your average cupcake. The recipe was provided by Rachel’s Organic and as I sit here munching on yet another helping I can definitely recommend them. It’s also a great recipe to bake with the kids (as we did!)

Ingredients
225g margarine or butter, softened
225g caster sugar
225g self raising flour
3 large eggs
100g Rachel’s low fat vanilla yogurt
70g dried cranberries, chopped
Orange zest, juice of ½ orange

To Decorate
250g icing sugar
30g Rachel’s low fat vanilla yogurt

Preparation time: 15 mins  Cooking time: 15 mins   Makes: 12 cakes

Method

1. Heat the oven to 190C/Fan 170C/Gas Mark 5. Arrange paper cases in muffin or bun tins. Place the margarine, sugar, flour and eggs into a large mixing bowl and beat for about two minutes until smooth, light and fluffy. Fold in the yogurt, dried cranberries, orange zest and juice. Divide the mixture between the cases so that they are half filled and bake for 12 – 15 minutes, until golden. Cool on a wire rack.

2. To make the icing, mix the icing sugar with the yogurt and mix until smooth. Tip: the icing should be runny and flow.

3. Decorate each cake with a blob of icing and spread with a palette knife. Alternatively, leave to run to the edges of the paper case. Leave the icing to set.

4. Cakes will keep in an airtight container for up to four days.IMG_5483

Tip. These would also make a great midnight treat for Father Christmas. Just add a label to your plate and I’m sure he’d welcome the change from Mince pies!

A Night at the Movies with Gracewell

movies2My family are incredibly important to me and I love the fact that my children are growing up with Grandparents who live close by. Staying in contact and even socialising together is difficult for so many families who are divided by distance and yet the benefits are well documented. Gracewell care homes know just how important these cross generation connections are, so when they asked if we’d like to spend a night at the movies together at home, we jumped at the opportunity.

Gracewell Healthcare are a care home provider who recognise that every individual resident and their wider family have specific care needs to allow them to live life as fully as they would wish. Movie nights are a regular event at their care homes and Gracewell encourage their resident’s families to come along too.

We chose to watch the new Cinderella Movie which we all thoroughly enjoyed. Although how Cinderella managed to dance in that huge expanse of a dress is beyond me (it looked heavy!!) It’s a lovely family movie which seems to suit all generations. It’s quite close to the classic animated movie but being brought to life really grabs your attention.movies

Naturally we needed quite a few snacks to keep everyone happy. Gracewell kindly sent us some extra yummy caramel popcorn, retro sweets and even a cute little popcorn container.

Everyone had a really good time and I think we’ll try to fit in another movie night soon. It would be great if it could become a regular event where we take turns to pick the movie and which snacks everyone fancies.

With Christmas on the horizon everyone seems to be getting really busy but fitting in a family event which allows everyone to relax and enjoy each other’s company is certainly worth it.