Bookish Bites : Rocket to the Moon lemony cupcakes
Lerryn Korda’s Rocket to the Moon (Walker Books) is a current favourite in our house, so with a bit of a free morning stretching ahead of us and fancying something sweet for a treat later, Milo and I decided to make some Rocket to the Moon cupcakes.
We started with a snuggly read of the book first. Milo enjoys checking out who everyone is; Is this Gracie? Is this Little Nye? And of course we love saying “rocket to the moon” and imagining that we are whizzing by the stars.
The cupcakes that Gracie and Nella make in the book look like lemony ones to me, with lemon yellow icing, but the cherry on the top made me wonder whether there would be cherries inside too.
Lemon and cherry goes well together, sweet and sharp, so we set about making some lemon, cherry cupcakes with lemon buttercream icing. We used our tried and tested recipe for the cupcakes from The Hummingbird Bakery cook book (Ryland, Peters and Small), with a tweaked cherry conserve addition from ourselves.
Milo did all the pouring of ingredients into the mixer – we always add a touch more lemon than the recipe says too, just for a bit more zing (we’re a lemon loving family!). We use our mixer a lot, this is partly as it’s a time saver but also because Milo’s obsessed with it/all machinery!
Once the cakes were out of the oven and cooled a little, we started with the fun bit. Spoon a little hole out of the top of the cake, pop the spooned out cakey piece to one side, dollop a teaspoon of cherry conserve into the hole and pop the cakey piece on top. This was Milo’s favourite bit.
We made buttercream icing for the topping with a little yellow food colouring to brighten them.
I iced them, Milo popped the cherries on top and then we ate! The cherry conserve jam splodge in the middle was very tasty, though next time I might just add cherries to the mix itself because it was a touch sweet. Milo’s verdict: “Yummy cakes. Another one.”
Lerryn Korda sounds like an interesting and nice person, firstly because she did something I’d have loved to have done and that’s studied film in New York. I studied film, but in Southampton. I’ve been to New York and it’s not at all like Southampton. She also loves trains and gets very excited about stationery as do I. There are other books in Playtime with Little Nye series that we will definitely be exploring. We’ll also be looking out for her new book Lulu and Bob out this month which looks lovely too.