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Clueless Cupcakes – A Classic Turns 20

Yesterday marked the twentieth anniversary of one of my all-time favourite movies, Clueless. To mark the occasion, I wrote a little post about it on my fashion site which you can read here and we also had a few friends – gay men, obvs – around to watch the movie, reminisce about our formative years and eat some cakes. Well, any excuse.

I thought everyone had seen this movie, until one of my best friends confessed to being a Clueless virgin. Of course we popped that cherry yesterday, but anyone who has seen it knows that a lot of the fun and humour and a lot of what makes the film unique is the dialogue and the phrases it launched into our collective pop culture consciousness – ‘As if!’ and ‘Whatever’ can’t help but strike up memories of Alicia & co. So, for yesterday’s fiesta I decided to make Clueless cupcakes and decorate them with those two exact phrases.

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These are vanilla cupcakes, iced with vanilla frosting, both from the Hummingbird cookbook. I split the batch of frosting in two and dyed half of it yellow using food dye and decorated the ‘Whatever’ cakes in checks with Sainsbury’s glitter icing pens in purple and blue. Cher Horowitz did love herself some checks –

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To make the letters, I used Sainsbury’s pink ready-to-roll (with the homies) icing, which I rolled out thin and then cut flower shapes out of with a cutter. I wrote each letter with the same icing pens as above and used a palette knife to carefully place the flowers on each cake.

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We put together a little afternoon tea – sandwiches, scones (more of the Babington Scones from last week) and, of course, some fizz.

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I’m not sure why this film had such a big impact on me growing up. I was 14 when it came out and I remember pretty vividly going to see it at the cinema and then dragging my next door neighbour to see it with me a second time (he was a couple of years older, straight, and not particularly enamoured with it for some reason… ) I loved Cher (Horowitz, the heroine, although I do love her namesake – ‘a famous singer from the past who now does infomercials’). She was pretty, popular, lived in Beverly Hills and had an incredible wardrobe (both its contents and the wardrobe itself – oh, how I yearned for a computerised closet with revolving rails.) This movie was big and camp and funny, with a great soundtrack and a character I wanted to be friends with, or wanted to be (I remember I had a pair of yellow checked shorts and a yellow T-shirt… I think I wore them a lot in 1995…)

The truth is, I was exactly like Cher in one particular way – I was just totally Clueless. I loved this movie because I was a gay teen and everything about this film appealed to that part of me – and that blew me away. It would just take me a few years to realise that.

See Recipes for all the details – enjoy! x

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An Afternoon Treat: Babington Scones

A couple of weeks ago, the husband and I celebrated our first anniversary. Knowing that we wanted to go away for a night or two and make a big deal of it, we booked two nights at Babington House in Somerset, somewhere I had heard a lot about and always meant to go to, but had never quite got around to yet.

OH. MY. DAYS.

It is pretty much one of the most remarkable places I’ve been, certainly within the UK. I knew, as a Soho House member, that it would be good, but it surpassed my pretty high expectations by some way. The most gorgeous country house and grounds, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a Cowshed spa built onto a walled garden are all pretty great, but a complimentary afternoon tea every day, brought to you on your day bed on the lawn?! Hell to the yes. Lemon meringue pie, chocolate brownies and, of course SCONES.

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When we came back I knew I had to bake some scones. I’ve never attempted them before – I was always under the illusion that they were somehow difficult, but they’re not, are they?

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I used the recipe from Eat Drink Nap, the Soho House book and I daren’t reproduce it here because I don’t think they would like that too much, but you can buy the book from Amazon and I promise they are not hard to make and are very yummy.

Enjoy! x

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The dough

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