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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 super tasty butter icing;
For the fillings;
Lets start by making the sponge!
Step 1 – Preheat your oven to about 190˚C/375˚F/gas 5.
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 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 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
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…)
P.S While conducting my new found love of cooking I like to listen to some mixes – I would recommend this one while baking!