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
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
12 hole muffin tin
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!
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.