Vanilla Cupcakes with Lady Dash

My wonderful friend Lady Dash has recently started blogging about her cooking adventures, in particular, cooking her way through Donna Hay’s ‘Fresh, Fast, Simple’.  She was also given the opportunity to test out a few of Donna’s new range of packet mixes so we decided to collaborate on a blog post.

Of course, Lady Dash is the perfect host, and I was lucky enough to be treated to a delicious lunch: Herb and Mozzarella Mushrooms with Garlic Toasts, which was the entree at her latest dinner party (that I unfortunately had to miss).

The team at Donna Hay sent Lady Dash a bunch of mixtures to try out…

If you have read back over some of my old posts, you will know that I am averse to packet mixes and prefer to make things from scratch – however I was very impressed to see that the list of ingredients contained real whole food and was basically just premixed dry ingredients without any unnecessary additives.

The instructions were very simple and easy to follow, and really did make perfect cupcakes.

I really couldn’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon – baking, taking photos and hanging out with one of my favourite people!

I will leave the review of Donna Hay’s Vanilla Cupcakes to Lady Dash, but suffice to say we spent more time chatting than baking, and very much enjoyed the final product, even if the icing was a little sweet for our taste.  Give us cream cheese or lemon icing any day over a simple buttercream!

After all the ‘hard work’ we had to treat ourselves (and of course to taste test the recipe).

All in all, the end result was fabulous and they definitely turned out looking and tasting great, and like a grown up ‘adult’ cupcake.  No pink food colouring or sprinkles here (though we were tempted!).


Looking forward to the next cook off with Lady Dash…  Go and check out her blog for more Donna Hay inspired cooking adventures.

Photos from: my camera

Cooking by: Lady Dash

Vanilla Cupcake mix: courtesy of Donna Hay

7 thoughts on “Vanilla Cupcakes with Lady Dash

  1. genevieve

    Wow – they look so lovely! I too have serious feelings about packet mixes, I much prefer to make something from scratch. But, I’ve seen these Donna Hay mixes in the supermarket and thought that perhaps they were not your average packet mix, so I’ll have to give them a try now that you’ve given them the thumbs up! Looks like you guys had such a fun time as well – love it!

  2. daydreamlil

    Jas, you have inspired me to cook more. You make cooking look so fun and easy!! I like that these packet mixes dont have any additives did they come with those cupcake papers too? very grown up! hehe

    1. jazziefizzle Post author

      Oh I’m glad Liss – If I can inspire one person to cook more or someone to try something that they wouldn’t have otherwise – I will be very satisfied!

      Cooking is always more fun with a friend though! But yes, they are a grown up version of kiddies cake mix!!


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