Bite-Size Desserts Your Family Will Love!
Get yummy recipes for bite-sized treats! Sarah shares her favorite cupcake recipes and gives moms cooking advice!
Sarah has created amazing bite-size desserts that are mouthwatering. If your family loves sweets, these are the perfect recipes for you! Get Sarah’s recipe for her Bailey’s Cupcakes with Bailey’s Butter Cream.
Tell us more about yourself, your site, and your family.
I’ve been a UK baking blogger since 2009. I live in London with my 5-year-old son and husband. In 2012, I published my first book “Bake Me I’m Yours… Sweet Bitesize Bakes” which is full of miniature decorated sweet treats from fondant fancies to macaroons and cookies. Beyond cookery lessons at school, I am self taught.
Where do you find ideas for your recipes? Do you read any cookbooks or blogs?
I don’t watch much foodie television, and apart from cookbooks, I don’t read much traditional media food writing. I much prefer to get my ideas from accessible non-celebrities publishing themselves online. I subscribe to around 200 food blogs and own around 200 cookbooks. For baking, I am inspired by challenging myself to try out new techniques such as my pink praline macarons. For family cooking, I tend to stick to tried and trusted favorites that I know will get eaten!
What are your favorite cupcake recipes that you’ve made?
The most popular cupcake recipe on my site is for Baileys Cupcakes with Baileys butter cream. Actually though, I don’t publish that many cupcake recipes nowadays, maybe 2-3 per year. I named my site before cupcakes went mental and never changed the name. I mostly publish baking on" Maison Cupcake" although recently I started a family food blog called Dinner With Crayons where I post things we just had for dinner.
What cooking advice can you give other moms?
Being involved in cooking has a big impact on children’s memories, so them seeing you cook and being involved is really important. I think children really appreciate when you’ve made something yourself and are far more likely to eat it if they’ve helped too! Some menu planning for at least 4-5 days of the week helps you get organized and I like to stick to a certain cuisine on a night of the week even if we don’t always eat the same thing. Lately we’ve started doing homemade pizzas on Fridays – I pop the ingredients for the dough in the bread maker before I pick my son up from school and he helps me put the toppings on later. Cooking one large joint of meat per week is economical and can be used in leftovers for the next few days.
What are your family’s favorite meals? Which recipes do you enjoy making for them?
My husband and I are huge fans of spicy food like curries and chili, so I’m really pleased my 5-year-old is now adventurous enough to eat these. My favorite meal is making a spread of different Indian dishes such as tarka dall, aloo gobi and sometimes even my own chapattis.
What do you look forward to the most when preparing family dinners?
Day to day, I get a lot of satisfaction out of seeing ingredients from the fridge used up economically. If we have guests, I love preparing a fun menu and seeing a table full of different things come together.
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