April 16, 2010

Cupcakes for Christina

Of late my friends and I have been rather spoiled for baked goods. During the last two big birthday nights they have accompanied us to each celebration. Last week an amazing key lime pie made it out to the pub. I didn’t make it but my friend Kirsty did and it was sublime! (no pun intended).This week this little cupcake and his friends ventured to a cocktail bar. I baked them for my friend Christina. If you know Christina then you will be thinking that they were probably a wee bit too cutesy for her. Some sort of black (being the predominant colour of her wardrobe) design would have been more fitting. But you can’t put black on a cupcake it looks horrendous! So I went for Christina’s personal alternative to black and decorated them in pink. The hearts are hand made from royal icing and hundreds and thousands, the pink is buttercream flavoured with vanilla. This is my favourite cupcake recipe that hasn’t failed me yet (touch wood). It is super easy and very tasty -even the barman enjoyed one!

You will need:

110g unsalted butter, softened
225g golden caster sugar
2 large eggs
150g self raising flour
125g plain flour
120ml milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Method:

1. Heat the oven to gas mark 4 and line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases.

2.In a large mixing bowl cream together the butter and the sugar until well smooth.

3. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing into the mixture between additions.

4. Sift the flours into a separate, smaller, bowl.

5. Measure out the milk in a jug and then add the vanilla to this.

6. Add 1/3 of the flour to the large bowl.  Beat well until combined.

7. Add 1/3 of the milk and beat again.

8.Add another 1/3 of the flour, then another 1/3 of the milk, then the last of the flour and then the last of the milk, beating well between additions.

9. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases.  Fill about 2/3 full.

10. Bake for about 25 mins until golden brown and a skewer inserted comes out clean.

11. Remove from the oven and leave to cool inthe tin for 5-10 minutes.

12. Then turn out to cool completely on a wire rack.

13. Decorate as you choose.

Makes 12 large cupcakes.

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