Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Pancake Day – whatever you call it, tomorrow is the day before Ash Wednesday – the first day of Lent. Over the last couple of years a group of friends and I have all got together and indulged in one last hurrah on Shrove Tuesday and gone down for a feast at Pancake Parlour and we all go around the table relaying what we’re giving up for Lent. This is by no means for any religious reasons. We see it as a good way to start a detox after all the Christmas/New Year’s/Any day ending in “Y” indulgences.
This year I’ve decided to give up four of my top vices, what I like to call the four Cs – chocolate, chips (this includes crisps and fries), coffee and Diet Coke. I know I could add champagne into that mix, but come on, I’m only human people! In addition to giving up these treats I also thought I’d start a daily gratitude journal and note down three things I am truly thankful for on that day and take on a deeper Lent experience.
Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuut, before all that it wouldn’t be a proper Shrove Tuesday prepping without getting rid of all the “naughties” in your house before Ash Wednesday. Soooooooo I’ve decided to make these Hi-Hat cupcakes that I’ve adapted from various recipes online. Now, you know you can always use whatever cupcake recipe you like, but I am super lazy and love using boxed, ready to go mixes. These are really handy for me, as I don’t bake all that often and I hate to waste all those expensive gluten free flours. Plus, there’s the lazy thing!
Here’s my version of Hi-Hat Chocolate Caramel Cupcakes, enjoy and remember to eat them all before Wednesday! They are so easy to make, and let me tell you something, they are even easier to eat!! 🙂 Bon appetit xo
- 1 box (gluten free) chocolate cake/cupcake mix (or you can use this simple recipe)
- I packet caramel Easter eggs or Rolo’s
- 1 box icing mix
- 200g good quality chocolate
- Bake cupcakes according to recipe, remembering to place a caramel egg/Rolo in the centre of each cupcake before you pop them in the oven, (and hopefully you don’t fall one short like I did – see the pic) and set aside to cool.
- Prepare icing/frosting according to packet instructions. Once the cupcakes are cooled ice each cupcake and set aside in the fridge
- In a double boiler (or in 30 second blasts in the microwave) melt your chocolate and pour into a small bowl. Dip each cupcake top into the melted chocolate and then set aside in the fridge to set. Once they’re ready eat immediately while thinking about all the chocolate you’ll be missing out on for the next six weeks!
Will you be participating in Lent this year? What are you giving up? Why not start a gratitude journal with me?!