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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!


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


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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