Rainbow Vanilla Cupcakes

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Today I wanted to share what I have been up to in the kitchen lately, which of course involves baking.

I decided to bake some delicious cupcakes, not for a particular reason, I was just in the mood for something fun to do. I love cupcakes, they are adorable, always enjoyable and most people feel less guilt when enjoying a small cupcake rather than a slice of cake. Though the problem with cupcakes is that they are borderline bitesize, you could easily eat two or three in one sitting….or that might just be me!

I love baking cupcakes, and they are always popular with my family, so if you want to indulge a little then why not make these cupcakes too 🙂

This will make 12 cupcakes.

YOU WILL NEED…

For the Cake batter:

115g Butter ( Room temperature)

115g Caster sugar

2 eggs

115g Self raising flour

2 tablespoons of milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For a basic butter cream:

140g butter, softened

280g icing sugar

1-2 tbsp milk

Food colouring if needed

Extra:

12 hole muffin tin

Cupcake cases

 

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Method:

Preheat the oven to Gas mark 4 (180°C), and line the muffin tin with paper cases.

Beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale and fluffy. You can do this either by hand, or using an electric mixer. Then beat in the eggs, one at a time. Be sure to crack open the eggs in a separate bowl first. (No one likes egg shell in their cake).

Sift over the flour, then fold in by hand using a spoon (I like to use a large wooden spoon). Stir in the milk to make a creamy mixture. Spoon heaped tablespoonfuls of the mixture into each paper case, then bake for 17 minutes until risen and golden. Check they are ready by inserting a skewer or knife into the cake, if it comes out clean they are ready.

Take the cakes out of the oven and onto a cooling rack. Once fully cooled you can then decorate!

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For decoration, I like to use buttercream, but if you prefer royal icing or another alternative you can use this as well. I wanted pink cupcakes, so I made a basic buttercream recipe and then added pink food colouring. But as I had an array of cupcake cases in different colours, I thought I would use a few different icing colours. I love how they turned out, as I was also testing out a new piping bag. I hope you all enjoy this recipe, and let me know if you decide to make your own.

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Love

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