Hello from my cosy lounge room. It’s Sunday afternoon. The fire is blazing and torrential rain is currently flooding the surrounding farmland. These are the best kind of days. I have been in my pyjamas since we came home from church and have just finished a pot of my favourite French earl grey tea. I am reading “Mr Midshipman Easy” by Captain Marryat at the moment. It was written in 1836 and my worn copy of the book appears to be almost as old. Last year I read “Children of the New Forest” by the same author, which was an equally brilliant book.
Self care isn’t all that easy as a mother. As a stay at home mum of 22 years so far, with quite a few to go, I have learnt to to find and appreciate the small things in life that bring peace to my path and joy in my journey. Reading old books is one of them. I love the challenge of stretching my mind into the literary brilliance of classic authors.
Of course baking also happens to bring this Mama bear into her happy place. Even when I’m not in the kitchen I am usually thinking about the next recipe I want to try, or planning another crazy photo shoot in my mind. Some elaborate. Others a little simpler.
This Black Forest cupcake recipe is perhaps a cheats version of a favoured classic, but no less delicious. I’m usually a stickler for baking from scratch, so if the idea of plopping store bought jam into the middle of your cooled cupcake is a little heretical, try making my Black Forest Bourbon cupcake with homemade cherry bourbon jam filling. On the other hand, heck, life is busy and some of my best muffins and cupcakes have delicious bottled jams and curds inside. Either way, I hope you like these super simple cupcakes. Best eaten with a hot cup of tea and a good book that is preferably over 100 years old.