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more cupcakes

And for those who are craving vanilla, here's the recipe for Alice's special vanilla cupcakes.

Vanilla cupcakes (makes 12 cupcakes)

Cupcaketobe

Ingredients you will need:

175g unsalted butter
150g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
90g ground almonds
170g golden caster sugar
3 free range eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
200ml innocent yoghurt, vanilla bean and honey thickie

Same excellent baker and slighty less tidy kitchen.

What you need to do:

1. Preheat the oven to 190C/Gas Mark 5. Melt the butter in a saucepan and leave it to cool.

Butter

2. Sieve the flour and baking powder into a large bowl and add a pinch of salt.

Sift

3. Then add the ground almonds and golden caster sugar and stir together.

Addsugar

4. Crack the eggs into another bowl and beat together. Then add thickie, vanilla extract and melted butter. Mix well.

Essential

5. Add the yoghurty egg mixture to the floury mixture and fold together gently. Don't overmix.

Mix

6. Divide the mixture between 12 muffin cases.

Spoon_it

7. And then bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

Careful_now

7. Wash up again.

Washup

8. Make a cup of tea.

Cup_of_tea

8. Cool on a wire rack when the cakes are golden brown.

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9. And then find some other people to try the cakes.

All_done

Thanks to Hannah for baking, Conor for tasting and Holly for taking the good photos (i.e the one of Conor and the finished cupcakes)

thickie cupcakes

The lovely Alice made some delicious cupcakes from our thickies, especially for our AGM the other week.

Cupcake

We've had lots of requests on how to make them, so here's her recipe for the raspberry and white chocolate ones.

Raspberry and white chocolate cupcakes (makes 12 cupcakes)

Raspberries

Ingredients that you'll need:

100g unsalted butter
300g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
100g caster sugar
2 large free range eggs
200ml innocent yoghurt, oats, raspberries and blueberries thickie
150g raspberries
150g white chocolate, chopped into chunks
50ml milk

1 excellent baker and a tidy kitchen.

Amazing_baker

What you need to do:

1. Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas Mark 6. Melt the butter in a saucepan and leave it to cool (or heat it up quickly in a bowl in the microwave if you're pushed for time.)

Melt_it

2. Sieve the flour and baking powder into a large bowl and add the caster sugar and a pinch of salt.

Sift_it

3. Put the eggs into another bowl and beat them together.

Eggy

4. Then add the thickie and mix well.

Buttery

5. Next, add the eggy thickie mixture to the floury mixture and fold them together gently. Then add the melted butter and mix a bit more.

6. When the mixture starts to come together, add half the milk and fold in the raspberries and white chocolate. You might need to add some more milk. Don't overmix it though - it's meant to be a bit lumpy.

Stir_it

7. Divide the mixture between 12 muffin cases and bake in the oven for about 25 minutes.

Dollop

8. Try not to drop them on the way to the oven.

Carefully_now

9. Do the washing up while you're waiting.

Tidy_up

10. And when the cakes are golden on top, take them out the oven, cool on a wire rack and then find someone nice to share them with.

Conor_2

To make the vanilla cupcakes, have a look here.

honey honey

It's National Honey Week this week.

Honeyhoney

So here's a little thing to think about while you're spreading it on your toast.

  • The average 1lb jar of honey requires 55,000 miles of bee flying time
  • Bees tend to fly at about 13-15 miles per hour
  • And the average bee produces 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in their lifetime

If this is all true*, then how many bee hours go into making a 1lb jar of honey and how many bees are required to do this?

Answers below and the closest entry (with proper workings out) will win a case of our new big yoghurt, vanilla bean and honey thickies.

*no bees were available to comment

ten percent

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Some of you might know that we give 10% of our profits to good causes each year, some of you might not. Either way, we thought it was high time we gave you a quick update on where the majority of that money actually goes.

We set up the innocent foundation in 2004, to help build sustainable futures for the world's poorest people. We're now able to support 18 projects with 15 partners, mainly in countries from which we buy our fruit.

We had some updates from these projects towards the end last year, (which is part of the agreement, so everyone can be sure things are progressing properly), and we've now got them all up on the new website. Andrew D is currently out in Malawi with the Microloan Foundation and his final report will be up there soon.

He's updating us while he's there so keep an eye out for his blogs too.