So how does this little vignette relate to today's recipe of choice? Well as always, it's a bit of a tenuous link but in some ways, I'm starting to spend a little too much time in the company of the fair Mr Lepard as well. It seems that whenever I need a recipe that requires baking these days, Short and Sweet is my bible of choice. I've tried many cupcake recipes with varying success and so far, Hummingbird Bakery Vanilla Cupcakes have been my recipe of choice (incidentally, that recipe calls for full fat milk, but it works perfectly well with skimmed - see what I did there?).
But tonight when I had a need to bake to distract myself from the melee in my head and cupcakes appeared to be the answer, rather than, in the spirit of this blog trying out recipes from the many other baking books I own, I chose Short and Sweet because I knew I wouldn't be disappointed with the results like I was with Mary Berry's vanilla cupcakes (and I don't need any further disappointment today thank you very much).
Lepard's recipe has a simple ingredients list. His cupcakes are based on a standard pound cake recipe. Which funnily enough was how I used to make my cupcakes before I discovered the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook courtesy of my neighbour. But in true Lepard style, not only does he give you instructions on how to bake with a mixer, he also tells you how to mix them by hand. Which was perfect because I'm not allowed to use my mixer after 7pm if the husband's in (which is probably 99% of the time). And so I am now an expert on hand-mixing cake. Well okay I can make a pound cake by hand.
You'll have to wait until tomorrow for the verdict but based on past experience with anything from Short and Sweet, they're going to get a huge thumbs up. Watch this space.
And of course, as always, I will insist that you buy yourself a copy of Short and Sweet. I'm in no way sponsored for this evangelism. But it is probably now my favourite ever book. Alongside The Elves and The Shoemaker....
Or you can find the recipe over on The Guardian's website
*it would be thoroughly inappropriate of me to describe this person in any other way! I'm not wanting to offend with my choice of words but I equally wouldn't want anyone to misconstrue the situation if I phrased it differently...