Recipe: Tangy Marmalade Cupcakes

We were sent some marmalade from Duerr’s and created this recipe. I have not been compensated for this post. All images and opinions are our own.

Marmalade is one of those things children tend to dislike but adults love. A weekend breakfast of thick cut wholemeal bread, toasted and slathered with butter and good marmalade is my idea of heaven. My husband and I really are fans of marmalade, one of our favourite quick cakes is a marmalade tea loaf which is great to throw together if you’ve got guests coming round. Recently I’ve been thinking about marmalade cupcakes, with my husband’s birthday as an excuse, I knocked up a batch of marmalade cupcakes complete with tangy marmalade buttercream. Even our six year old enjoyed them!

I was sent two jars of Duerr’s marmalade to try, so I thought I’d use them both in my recipe. I used the Duerr’s Fine Cut Half Sugar Seville Orange Marmalade in the actual cupcakes and the Duerr’s Thick Cut Classic Seville Orange Marmalade in the buttercream icing. The half sugar is quite tangy and as you’d expect it’s not very sweet. I thought it would work well in the cupcake.

Recipe: Tangy Marmalade Cupcakes

My recipe made 24 light and airy marmalade cupcakes. They went down an absolute storm and the boys have asked me to make them again, so I will.

Recipe: Tangy Marmalade Cupcakes

Tangy Marmalade Cupcakes

These easy cupcakes are light and airy. With marmalade flecked through the sponge base and with a marmalade buttercream topping, these are perfect for marmalade lovers!

150g marmalade
175g butter or margarine
175g caster sugar
3 eggs (large)
225g self raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger

For the buttercream:
250g icing sugar
250g butter (softened)
1 tablespoon marmalade


Pre-heat your oven to 180° and put paper cases in a bun or a muffin tray.

Put all of your ingredients for the cupcakes in a large mixing bowl and using a hand mixer combine until the batter is smooth and airy. Dollop a large dessert spoon of the cake batter in each case and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Once cooked remove from the oven and cool on a rack.

While your cupcakes are cooling, sift your icing sugar and beat together with the softened butter. Add the tablespoon of marmalade, add more if you like. Make sure your buttercream is well combined and smooth.

Recipe: Tangy Marmalade Cupcakes

Once your cupcakes are cool, put your marmalade buttercream in a piping bag with a plain round piping nozzle – if you use any of the star nozzles the marmalade will block it and the buttercream won’t pipe well. I just piped the buttercream on top, but you can decorate however you think best.

Tip: I like to chill my iced cupcakes in the fridge for an hour just to firm up the buttercream before serving.

They’re as pretty as a picture. I’m really pleased with how they’ve turned out too. I’ll be making these again very soon!

Find out more about Duerr’s Marmalade here.

Recipe: Tangy Marmalade Cupcakes

Easy Recipe: Speedy Microwave Jam Sponge

In the early 1980s my Grandma (who was a professional cook) got herself a microwave and dedicated her retirement to figuring out how to use it. Her microwave cheffing was never considered a success. You could break your teeth on her sponge cakes and her scrambled eggs bounced. Everything which came out of her microwave was a disaster, which was enormously disappointing for someone who could make patisserie that would make French Chefs weep with jealousy.

I have shied away from microwave cookery, bar reheating leftovers, pinging ready meals and giving jacket potatoes a head start; the thought of baking a cake in the microwave sends me straight back to 1985 and I was resolved never to try it. That was until I was sent a jar of Duerr’s Rhubarb and Custard Homebaking Jam, the jam has been formulated to behave itself when heated, so it doesn’t go chewy like other jams might. Additionally it tastes just like those rhubarb and custard sweets I used to be addicted to as a child.

We decided it would be best to make a jam sponge and custard with this really lovely yummy jam (I had already liberally smeared some on a croissant for quality control purposes). I love steamed puddings, but who has the time? So I decided it was worth me tentatively experimenting with a microwaved version, what’s the worst that can happen?

I made my usual sponge recipe and popped it in the microwave for four minutes, checked it, decided it needed another two minutes and it was perfect. It was by far the lightest, fluffiest sponge pudding we’ve had in a long, long time. It took just ten minutes from weighing the ingredients to pouring custard over the finished pudding and filling our faces. This really is the perfect pudding if you need something quick, warming, universally popular and drowned in custard.

jam sponge

My microwave is 850 watts, yours may be different, so it might be best, at least the first time you make this, to reduce the cooking time, check it, and then check it ever minute until it’s cooked to your satisfaction. I originally guessed at 4 minutes, but my 850 watt microwave took 6 minutes to get to sponge perfection.

Microwaved Jam Sponge Pudding (serves 6)
4oz Sugar
4oz Butter or Margarine (I always use Stork)
2 medium eggs
4oz self raising flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
Half a jar of Jam (I used Duerr’s Rhubarb and Custard Homebaking Jam)

1. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Stir through the eggs.
2. Sift in the flour and baking powder and gently combine.
3. Dollop your jam on the bottom of a large microwavable bowl, gently (very gently so as not to disturb the jam) dollop the sponge mixture on top of the jam and smooth it so it’s fairly evenly distributed.
4. Microwave for six minutes (check this often as it’s really easy to quickly overcook things in the microwave).
5. Once cooked, remove carefully from the microwave and eat while it’s still warm.

Serve with custard, cream or ice cream, or whatever takes your fancy.

This is ridiculously quick and easy, incredibly tasty and really, really popular. I think my Grandma would be really proud that I finally cracked the mystery of microwave baking.

Easy Recipe: Speedy Microwave Jam Sponge

Gift Guide: A Very Mancunian Christmas

It’s widely documented that I hate Christmas shopping, I shun huge shops and enormous shopping centres. I much prefer pottering around small shops and markets and at a push doing an online shop. As a Mancunian and owner of a small, home based business it makes huge sense to me to support my fellow entrepreneur where I can. So here’s my round up of fabulous things to buy for Mancunians this Christmas…

The Manchester Bee Company
The Worker Bee is the symbol of Manchester and its industrial heritage (hive of industry). The Worker Bee symbol is all over the city, from the beautiful mosaic floor of Manchester Town Hall to simple street furniture. The ManBeeCo range includes mugs, cards and prints – all available online. They also pop up at various markets across the city with beautiful crochet and knitted cushions and hats as well as their brilliant bee products. Proper Manc.

Manchester Christmas

MOSI Manchester Collection
The Manchester collection from MOSI is a lovely typographic range of gifts inspired by Manchester’s proud industrial and cultural heritage. Gifts start at £10 for a Mug, £12 for the tea towel collection and £20 each for the adult T-shirt, tote bag and cushion. It’s all pretty gorgeous and would make for a great present proud Mancs like me.

Drop Dead Chocolates
We love these chocolates. There’s something to suit all tastes and budgets. They’re a bit special, not available in the shops and probably the best chocolates I’ve ever had. I love their salted caramel chocolates which are beyond amazing. They’re letter-box friendly so they’re perfect and convenient if you need a speedy delivery.

Duerr’s Manchester Marmalade
Specially made for Mancs (and only available in Greater Manchester) this is a firm set, fine shred, bitter marmalade for proper grown ups. I love it, it was first made in the 1950s and since then they’ve updated and slightly sweetened the recipe, but fear not, if you’re a proper marmalade fan then this is a proper marmalade. It would be great in a little homemade hamper of proper Manc goodies, available in Tesco stores across Greater Manchester.

Manchester Christmas

Harriet & Dee
If like me you’re a Didsbury local, then you’ll love the specially commissioned Didsbury Christmas baubles, only available from Harriet & Dee in Didsbury, South Manchester. These beautiful baubles are just £10 each and you can choose from The Clock Tower, Didsbury Library or The Eagle Gate at Parsonage Gardens. The baubles are a lovely thing for any Didsburyite to hang on their tree.

Red Box Inc
Another Didsbury business who I love, Red Box Inc have a range of products you can personalise with your company or personal message, including coffee & latte mugs, tote shopping bags, mouse mats, coasters, uniforms, t-shirts, work-wear, sports & leisure wear & more. They can personalise mugs and other products with family photos or your children’s drawings from just £8 for a mug.

So whatever your buy Our Kid for Christmas. Keep it Manc. Sorted.