Saturday, 9 July 2011

Basic Cupcakes

Cupcakes seem to be all the rage these days. I guess its because they come in a wide variety of flavours and are easy to make and even easier to eat.

Not to mention as a friend and I found out yesterday, they are incredibly messy when making them with small children but they are also lots of FUN!
So here is a basic cupcake recipe that you can make with your kids over these school holidays!
125g unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup caster sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups self-raising flour, sifted
1/2 cup milk

Butter cream Icing:
100g unsalted butter, softened
3 cups icing sugar
3 tbl spoons milk
Food colouring - We used: Green, Red, Yellow and Blue

1.Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced oven. Line a cupcake pan or mini-muffin pan with paper cases (or a muffin pan)
Using an electric mixer, beat butter, vanilla and sugar in a small bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition.
2. Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Stir in half the flour. Stir in half the milk. Repeat with remaining flour and milk until combined.
3.Fill paper cases with 2-3 tbl spoons of mixture. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes. Alternatively, for 1 tablespoon-capacity mini muffin pans use 1 tablespoon mixture. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
Stand cakes in pans for 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

To make icing:
4. Using an electric mixer, beat butter until pale in colour. Gradually add the icing sugar while beating. Add in the milk and beat until smooth and fluffy looking.
5. Separate icing into smaller bowls and add a few drops of food colouring. Stir until colouring is well combined and even.
6. Let the fun begin. Ice and decorate your cupcakes however your like. We used dinosaur sprinkles, smarties, tiny teddies, silver cachous, iced flowers and animals.

1 comment:

  1. Brilliant arvo full of fun here with delicious results!