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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.

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  1. Hi Natasha,
    what a lovely surprise to have stumbled upon your post today. I’m so glad that Rocket to the Moon inspired some cup cake making with Milo and that you like the books!
    I have a contact form on my website so please send your address and I will send you a copy of Lulu and Bob – it’s about getting very messy!!

    July 6, 2011
    • natashaworswick #

      We love the books! And we love the cupcakes they inspired – “Rocket to the Moon cupcakes pleeaaase” is a frequent request and Milo’s recently learnt that an unprompted “please” can get him a very long way! I shall be shooting over to your site now. How very exciting and thanks so much for stopping by! :)

      July 6, 2011
  2. Shelly #

    having just stumbled upon your blog, I am still getting over the coincidence that I have a friend, Natasha who has a son, Milo! Your cupcakes are adorable and look yummy!

    September 10, 2011
    • natashaworswick #

      thanks so much for stopping by Shelly! What a coincidence, I don’t know many people with children named Milo, let alone with mum’s named Natasha! The cupcakes are really yummy! As is the book which we love reading in this house!

      September 10, 2011

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