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Introducing The Strawberry Sisters…

Oldest sister Amelia wants to be Left Alone to have deep thoughts,
so she’s grown a fringe to hide under. Second up is Chloe who’s sportcrazy
and in training to be a wrestling star (this week anyway).

Littlest sister Lucy is the cute one who’s training an army of earwigs.
Then there’s Ella. The middle one who’s still trying to work out what
makes her ‘perfectly Ella’ and how to stand out in a house full of big
personalities. And now there’s a new Strawberry Sister. Baby Kirsti
who lives with Dad and his Finnish girlfriend.

Along with her sisters and one very tired Mum who’s struggling to
keep it all together, Ella’s small home is crammed with almostfinished
homework, nearly-clean jumpers and a vampire bunny called
Buttercup. With so much going on, life can sometimes feel totally
crazy but the Strawberry sisters have a secret weapon against the
craziness of the world they live in… they have each other!

Featuring four sisters who are uniquely different but bonded by a
shared family experience, this fabulously funny new series really is
Little Women for the girls of today with a lot of heart, but a lot of
humour too. Having grown up with five sisters, Candy writes from
experience, and this shines through throughout Perfectly Ella!

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Chloe’s Recipe for Whoopee Cupcakes

Ingredients

  •  125g self-raising flour
  • 125g butter
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs

FOR THE ICING

  • 150g icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of warm water
  • You’ll also need about 24 paper cake cases.

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Ask an adult to preheat the oven to 180 or gas mark 4. If your big sister offers to do it, you can annoy her by saying, ‘You’re not a grown up’.

Cream the butter and the sugar in a mixing bowl (this just means smooshing them with a wooden spoon until the sugar is all mixed in).

Add the eggs one by one and stir some more (WARNING: it’s safer to crack your eggs on the side of the bowl than on your head, I tried that once and, let me tell you, egg doesn’t make very good shampoo).

Sieve the flour into the bowl and stir again.

Put your cake cases into a twelve hole bun tray. We’ve only got one bun tray so that means we have to cook them in two goes because twelve cakes doesn’t go very far in my family.

Use a teaspoon to dollop the mixture into the cases. Mum says the best way to do this is to use your little finger to slide the mixture off the spoon and into the case, that way you only get one sticky finger. I say, the more sticky fingers you get, the more licky fingers you get.

Get your adult to put the cakes in the oven. They should be done in 10-12 minutes. You can tell that they’re finished when the tops go golden brown or, if you live in my house, when Lucy says, ‘Are they ready yet?’ for the millionth time.

Leave the cakes to cool for as long as you can bear. An hour is good.

Sieve the icing sugar into a small bowl. I always pretend I’m the witch of winter making it snow when I do this. Add the water and stir. You want the icing to be quite thick, if it’s too runny it will slide right off the cakes. If it’s really stiff add a few more drops of water, if it’s too wet sprinkle in a bit more icing sugar, but be careful – once, I kept on adding more water then more icing sugar and I ended up with pints and pints of icing (I thought it was nice on cereal but no one else agreed).

Dribble the icing on the cakes with a teaspoon – you can use the back of the spoon to smooth it out.

While the icing is still wet add any kind of decoration you like – sprinkles, chocolate drops, tiny sweets. I like all three together, but Lucy prefers plastic spiders.

Do the washing up, or pay Ella with cakes to do it for you.

Luna: I don’t know about you but I think these need to be tried.
BAKING PROJECT! 🙂

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candyCandy Harper is a graduate of the Bath Spa MA in Creative Writing for Young People. She grew up in a rather small house in Oxfordshire and as the fourth of five sisters found it was often hard to get a word in edgeways, so she started writing down her best ideas.

She has been a bookseller, a teacher and the person who puts those little stickers on apples. Candy is also the author of the uch loved Have a Little Faith books for Simon and Schuster.

Follow Candy on Twitter: @CandyHarper_

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