Having Fun Baking Again!

We’ve been having fun baking again and this time we’ve made our favourites! Cupcakes!

Cupcakes are so easy to make so we thought we’d share the simple recipe and steps with you for you to try at home!

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Ingredients:

115g / 4oz of butter

115g / 4oz caster sugar

2 eggs

1tsp vanilla extract

115g / 4oz self – raising flour

1tbsp milk

Process:

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcius.

Step 2: Place paper cases in bun trays (approx 12).

Step 3: Beat together the butter and caster sugar in a large bowl.

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Step 4: Slowly beat in the eggs (approx a tablespoon or two at a time) and beat well.

Step 5: Beat in the vanilla extract.

Step 6: Sift the flour into the bowl and fold the flour into the mixture until it is mixed in completely.

Step 7:  Add and fold in the milk to create a smooth mixture.

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Step 8: Spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases (do not overfill).

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Step 9: Bake them in a preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes. The cupcakes should have risen, be golden brown and firm to touch.

Step 10: Leave them in the tray for 10 minutes to settle.

Step 11: Transfer the cupcakes to a wire cooling rack and let them cool completely.

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 We decided to try a combination of icing colours for the first time. We weren’t quite sure how they would come out but followed instructions in one of our recipe books and gave it a go!

Ingredients for Vanilla Buttercream:

150g / 5 and a half oz of soft unsalted butter

1tsp of vanilla extract

280g / 10 oz of icing sugar

1-2 tbsp of milk

Process:

Step 1: Mix the butter and vanilla extract together in a large bowl and beat until soft and pale.

Step 2: Gradually sift the icing sugar into the bowl and beat well after each addition.

Step3: Spoon half the mixture into a separate bowl and add a small amount  of food colouring, beating it well to ensure an even colour.

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Once the cakes were cool enough we spooned the icing into our piping tube (we use a plastic piping tube with a plunger top). To create a swirl of colours we added a spoonful of the vanilla buttercream first, followed by a spoonful of the buttercream with the food colouring added, then repeated the process again.

We then piped the icing onto the cupcakes working from the centre outwards.

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and here are our finished results!

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We really enjoy making cupcakes and our first attempt at multicoloured icing didn’t come out too bad if we do say so ourselves!

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