Chicken Cupcakes on a Hen do with Lovebanus

LoveBanus offer some fantastic Hen Packages in the stunning Party Town of Puerto Banus in sunny Spain. If you are looking to get the party started to celebrate your Hen Do then check out http://www.lovebanus.com, where you will find everything from accommodation and activities (SPA days, Beach Club experiences, dance classes etc.)  to transfers and travel tips. Could it be better?!!! 😀

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Recipe (makes 12-16)

Mixture

  • 120 g (1 cup) plain  flour
  • 140 g (a scant 3/4 cup) caster sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 50 gr (3 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 120 ml (½ cup) whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Vanilla Frosting 

  • 250 g (2 cups) icing/confectioners’ sugar
  • 80 g (5 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon Dr. Oetker’s yellow colour

For decoration

  • sugar strands
  • round toffee chocolate pieces
  • orange sweets

Mixture:

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees (325 degrees F) Gas 3.

Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter in a bowl and whisk until you get a sandy consistency and everything is combined.

Gradually pour in half the milk and beat until the milk is just incorporated.

Whisk the egg, vanilla extract and remaining milk together in a separate bowl for a few seconds, then pour into the flour mixture and continue beating until just incorporated (scrape any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula). Continue mixing for a couple more minutes until the mixture is smooth. Do not overmix.

Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until two-thirds full.

Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 mins, or until light golden and the cake bounces back when touched. A skewer inserted in the centre should come out clean. Leave the cupcakes to cool slightly in the pan before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

 Vanilla Frosting:

Beat the icing/confectioners’ sugar and butter in a bowl until the mixture comes together and is well mixed.

Combine the milk and vanilla extract in a separate bowl, then add to the butter mixture a little at a time. Beat until the frosting is light and fluffy, at least 5 minutes. The longer the frosting is beaten, the fluffier and lighter it becomes.

Pour 1 teaspoon of Dr. Oetker’s yellow colour into the bowl and whisk until the whole frosting is yellow.

Chickens:

 Spoon or pipe the frosting on top of the cupcakes and decorate with toffee chocolate pieces, orange sweets which are cut as beaks and cock’s crests.

 Finally take some of the sugar strands and use them as eyelashes on the chickens.

Chicken babe with big blond hair! 

Big eyes chicken! 

Mascara chicken! 

No words chicken! 

Hen do chicks! 

Happy Hen do! 😀

Lovebanus and Cocktails!

I have been travelling with the British Holiday company LOVEBANUS many times before…

I just LOVE the Cocktail Making classes you can book through them (http://www.lovebanus.com/puerto-banus/cocktail-making/)!!! 😀 You definitely receive high-quality services, friendly & helpful staff and CHEAP prices if you want to spend your holiday in warm and sunny Puerto Banus in Costa del Sol – España!

We do love the sun don’t we?! 😀

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Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri Recipe (makes 4 to 6 drinks)

  • 1 cup white rum
  • 3 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • Ice cubes, as needed*

In a blender combine the rum, strawberries, fresh squeezed lime juice and one cup of ice.

Pulse to evenly blend.

*Depending how thick you want your frozen daiquiri you can add as much or as little ice as desired. Start with one cup. Then if you prefer it a little more slushy add more ice, a 1/2 cup at a time and pulse to blend to your desired consistency.

Happy Hour people! 😀

Poem about Puerto Banus:

The Sun is shining
and I am smiling.
I am in Puerto Banus, the heart of Spain, and here I can be totally vain.

Drinking cocktails, eating Paella in the hot and warm Marbella.
Looking out of the sea and can only my future, see.
A future, filled with great laugh, sun on my cute big bum and a music tone…
which doesn’t make me feel alone.

The sun in Puerto Banus is always here…
because it’s impossible to not find good friends there…

Have a LOVELY day!! 😀