Makes: 12-16 cupcakes     Difficulty: Easy

·      Kitchen Timer
·      Oven thermometer
·      Kitchen scales
·      12-hole cupcake tray
·      Patty cases (optional)
·      Medium saucepan
·      Hand whisk or electric mixer
·      Large bowl
·      Spatula
·      Sieve
·      Tablespoon
·      Cooling rack

·      100g Unsalted Butter, roughly diced
·      180g White Chocolate, roughly chopped
·      100g non-melt White Chocolate Bits
·      100g Unsalted Macadamia Nuts, roughly chopped
·      3 large Eggs
·      100g Brown Sugar
·      1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
·      180g Plain Flour
·      1 teaspoon Baking Powder
·      1 pinch Salt


  • Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius (150 degrees fan-forced; 325 F). Line a 12-hole cupcake tray with patty cases, or grease the holes with cooking spray.
  • In a medium saucepan on low heat melt the butter and chopped white chocolate. Stir constantly until the chocolate has melted fully. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • In a large bowl whisk or beat together the eggs and brown sugar until they have thickened and are pale and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla extract and melted butter/chocolate mixture.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into the batter. Fold them gently through the mixture with a spatula until almost combined. Add the chopped macadamia nuts and white chocolate bits. Stir them through gently until they’re mixed evenly through the batter.
  • Dollop a heaped tablespoon of batter into each cupcake hole. Check the oven is at the right temperature and set the kitchen time for 15 minutes. Place the cupcakes on the middle rack to bake. They’re done when the domes are golden brown and the tops spring back when gently pressed. Bake for another 5 minutes if not.
  • Let the cupcakes cool in the tray for 10 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Recipe adapted from Saved by Cake by Marian Keyes


  • Beat the eggs and brown sugar until the colour changes to pale yellow and it’s really fluffy. Better to “over-beat” this part.
  • Gently fold all the dry ingredients into this fluffy egg and sugar mix. If you over stir at this part you might get tough cupcakes.
  • Best eaten the day they’re made. Can store at room temperature in an airtight container for 2 days.


  1. Kari

    I saw that book in a book store just last week, and liked the look of it at first glance…I’m now quite keen on glancing further!

  2. Di @ Life is Di-licious

    What a great review! I looked at the book the other day read the intro but had to put it down when my daughter announced that she needed to go to the toilet, NOW! 

    I will definitely go back and have another look.

    There’s lots of ‘fancy pants’ baking books out there which cover off on the technical aspects of baking (and I love them), but an honest, home-style baking book is always welcome on my shelf, right next to Merle!
    Di x

    PS: Love the video tutorial. I was tapping my foot along to the music – that’s the kind of music I like to bake to too!

  3. Emma

    I just read about this book in the age and thought it a wonderful idea.  Great post.  Baking has lifted my spirits many a time.

    Oh and gorgeous little cakes as well, white chocolate and macadamia nuts is always a winning combo.

  4. Daisy

    I haven’t seen this book before :) but it looks great! I think its great that you’re donating all all sales commissions to Beyond Blue :( I have a close friend who’s suffered from depression for a very long time…definitely going to buy the cook and do what I can to help! 

    Love love love your video tutorials ~ Makes it even easier for someone who’s less talented to follow the recipe and replicate these yummy cupcakes! 

  5. Julia @ Boredom Abounds

    I just saw this book for the first time on Friday – glad to know it’s an entertaining and useful cookbook!

  6. Tira Misu

    I can totally understand that Marian Keyes finds baking therapeutic. I find baking and cooking to be a great way to reduce anxiety and be creative everyday. Great review of the book, I’ll have to go pick one up. Oh and the cupcakes look amazing! Easy to find motivation for baking with delicious pictures :)

  7. The Food Mentalist

    I lovew this book and have it here at home. I recently made my first cake from it ( blog post coming soon :) ) and I just adore it.

    Thanks for the post x

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