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Making cupcakes – the super easy way!

I’ve been prompted to get creative once again, as this weekend I stayed at my boyfriend sister’s house. Like every polite guest I wanted to take a gift, the usual being wine, flowers, or chocolates. Now I’m currently off the wine due to my spinal medication so wouldn’t be able to share, flowers always seem a bit dear, and my lovely hostess is not a fan of chocolate. This got me racking my brains, and I thought that a homemade gift might be the way to go. So cupcakes it was!

For the cupcakes sponge you will need (makes about 18)

  • 250g unsalted butter (room temp) save a tiny bit for greasing
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 250g self raising flower
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 lemon

For the super tasty butter icing;

  • 175g unsalted butter (room temp)
  • 300g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • as many sprinkles as you like

For the fillings;

  • Strawberry or raspberry jam (you could also try lemon curd!)
  • Blueberries
  • What ever else you might fancy! Get brave with this one!

Lets start by making the sponge!

Step 1 – Preheat your oven to about 190˚C/375˚F/gas 5.

Step 2 – Beat together the butter and sugar ideally with a wooden spoon, until light and fluffy. Then add in your eggs one at a time, making sure that you beat each one in before you add your next.

Step 3 – Sift the flour into your eggy, buttery, sugary mixture and add the baking powder and mix all together.

Step 4 – Finely grate in the zest of your lemon and fold the mixture all together. Half the lemon and pop a little squeeze from into the mixture, depending on how lemony you would like it to be.

Step 5 – Line a muffin tin with your paper cases or silicon cases. If you are using paper cases its sometimes wise to give your tin a quick grease with butter first.

Step 6 – Using a spoon, evenly distribute the mixture into the cases. If you’re making the jam cupcakes fill the liners 1/3 full then place a small teaspoon of jam in the center. If you’re going for the blueberry filling, fill the liners again 1/3 full and place 3 blueberries into the center.

Personally I’m going to do all 3, plain, jam and blueberry! (Just call me greedy!)

Step 7 – Pop your bad boys into the oven and bake for 15/20 minutes until golden brown. Make sure you check that they are cooked by sticking a cocktail stick in them – if it comes out clean they’re cooked, if not them pop them back in.

Step 8 – Once cooked place the cupcakes onto a wire rack to cool. While they are cooling it is the time to make some super tasty butter icing topping.

Step 9 – Beat your butter with a wooden spoon until soft.

Step 10 – Slowly sift and beat in the icing sugar making a super tasty smooth mix.

Step 11 – Then mix in the milk, vanilla extract and almond extract. You may want to use a little extra sugar to thicken

Step 12 – Once your cupcakes are cooled spread on the icing sugar and DECORATE! In my eyes the more homemade they look the better they are (even if it does look like a 5 year old did it!)

Step13 – Finally EAT! It’s definitely worth giving each type a try with a lovely cuppa or a large glass of cold milk!

So there we have it – my super easy homemade cupcakes that are definitely just nice! Who knew that deep down I was a domestic goddess after all! (Well at least I think I am…)

This recipe has been adapted from the brilliant Jamie Oliver and this amazing cupcake guide, Ming Makes Cupcakes! Feel the inspiration!

Cx

P.S While conducting my new found love of cooking I like to listen to some mixes – I would recommend this one while baking!

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2 comments on “Making cupcakes – the super easy way!

  1. Frankie
    July 16, 2012

    Oooh I wouldn’t have thought about putting something in the middle!

  2. Cloe Roberts-Grimsey
    July 16, 2012

    I am thinking of giving nutella and peanut butter a go next!

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