Recipe, review & giveaway.
Summer, allegedly, is going to hit Shetland on Thursday next week, they say. They also say that this has been the worst summer weather for 30 years. Rain, drizzle, cold… and now fog sits on these islands, preventing flights from landing. The wind has stopped, but oh my the midges are out in full invisible biting force!
It’s cupcake-making weather!
I made these cupcakes yesterday morning, inspired by a packet of strawberry milkshake sweeties I’d been sent to taste test in a hamper from Nottingham-based sweetie company The Treat Kitchen. That and the fact there were two tubs of Betty Crocker strawberry icing lurking in my pantry for the last few months, icing bought in error.
In other news – the scaffolding is mostly down from around our house. We’ve had major external renovations going on since January this year, and the end is nigh! We’ve had new external blockwork, a new roof, new windows, new doors and new harling. Now that the scaffolding is gone we can get back into the garden again, or at least, what’s left of it – the landscapers should be here in a few weeks to sort it out. The youngest and I had a little explore this morning – and a single two inch high mint plant at the opposite end of the garden in a giant pile of rubble is all that is left of my herb rockery. The new garden will be a blank canvas and I’m looking forward to working with it.
Rummaging around in the remains of the builder’s mess I found two perfectly good large, square, roof tiles – the ideal size for food photography backdrops for my kitchen. I asked the foreman and he said I could have them, so I brought them into the house, washed them down and took the photographs of these cupcakes on them.
Pretty effective, no? 🙂
Way down in Nottingham, England, where proper summer is in full swing, The Treat Kitchen is selling sweeties of all shapes and sizes to the UK public. Gourmet jelly beans in adorable reusable milk bottles, packets of Nottingham Rock and Radioactive Sours (with a warning label!), and wee packets or reusable jam jars or milk bottles of every sort of sweetie imaginable. With over 300 different chocolates and sweets The Treat Kitchen has it all!
They recently sent me a hamper of goodies to try – and I have to say the Jelly Bean Factory jelly bean milk bottles – in liquorice and peachy pie flavours, really didn’t last very long with me around. Far too moreish! The Nottingham Rock with its white, green and red stripes, was particularly appealing to the younger kids, while DD loved the radioactive blue raspberry sours. Personally, besides the jelly beans, I’m keen on the strawberry milkshake sweeties – soft, chewy marshmallow sweets with a mild strawberry taste. Ideal for topping strawberry milkshake cupcakes with!
The Treat Kitchen deliver throughout the UK using Royal Mail, and they are offering a 10% discount for my readers – simply use the code ELIZABETH10 at checkout to apply the discount. This offer can’t be used with any other discount. They have also offered my readers the chance to win one of their sweetie hampers – scroll to the bottom of this post to find out more!
Strawberry Milkshake Cupcakes
- Preheat oven to 190 C/ 170 fan and line a 12 hole muffin tin with cupcake cases.
- Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time along with a spoonful of flour, and beat well. Mix in the vanilla.
- Add the remaining flour and combine well. Add enough milk to make the batter a soft, dropping consistency.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden and springy. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Frost with the strawberry icing using a large star shaped nozzle on the piping bag. Top with a strawberry milkshake sweetie.
The Treat Kitchen are offering my readers the opportunity to win a Treat Kitchen Hamper containing two milk bottle of your choice of sweeties from their Sweet Shop Heroes range.
HOW TO ENTER
For your chance to win The Treat Kitchen hamper containing two bottles of sweets from their Sweet Shop Heroes range enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Come back and tweet about the giveaway every day for more chances to win!
TERMS & CONDITIONS
This giveaway is open to UK entries only. Entrants must be age 18 or over. The winner will need to respond within 7 days of being contacted; failure to do this may result in another winner being selected.
The prize is offered and provided by The Treat Kitchen. The prize is to win The Treat Kitchen hamper containing two bottles of sweets from their Sweet Shop Heroes range. There is no cash alternative and the prize is not transferable.
There is no entry fee and no purchase is necessary to enter this giveaway. The promoter (Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary) reserves the right to cancel or amend the giveaway and these terms and conditions without notice.
Entry into our giveaways will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
If you need some help using Rafflecopter, here’s a quick clip to show you how. Rafflecopter will pick the winner at random from all the entries received. I will be verifying entries and any automated entries or those who have claimed they have made the mandatory blog post comment and really haven’t will be disqualified. It’s mandatory!
Closing date is midnight on Monday 13 July 2015 (GMT) and the winner will be announced shortly afterwards.
Visit The Treat Kitchen Sweet Shop Heroes page and let me know which two bottles of sweeties you want if Rafflecopter randomly selects you as the winner of the giveaway!
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Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary was sent a sweetie hamper from The Treat Kitchen for review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are our own. This is not a paid post.