Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Vanilla Cupcakes

All of us, adults and kids alike can never resist a cupcake; the baking and eating of a cupcake is a blissful experience. For me they evoke fond memories of birthday parties and family celebrations while growing up. Nothing brings me more joy than sharing my passion for baking with my close family members, especially the young ones who may have this as a fond memory of their own in years to come.
Last week we had our nephew come to stay, whenever he visits he loves to bake some goodies with me, his favourite bakes are cookies and cupcakes. After choosing some sprinkles and decorations while at the supermarket we decided on these cupcakes which I have baked many times before. We both had an enjoyable afternoon in the kitchen and even more enjoyable time eating them!

Vanilla Cupcakes

Makes 12

175g (6 oz) self-raising flour
1½ level tsp baking powder
175g (6 oz) butter, softened
175g (6 oz) caster (superfine) sugar
3 large eggs
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Buttercream Icing
150g (5oz) butter, softened
300g (11 oz) icing (confectioners) sugar, sifted
1 tbsp milk
¼ tsp vanilla extract
Sprinkle(s) for decoration of choice

You will also require 12 holed muffin tin lined with 12 paper muffin cases

Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan oven 160°C/350°F/Gas mark 4. Sift the self-raising flour and baking powder into a large bowl, and then add the butter, caster sugar, eggs, milk and vanilla extract. Beat together until well mixes, trying not to over mix the mixture. Spoon the mixture equally into the prepared paper cases and bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until the tops spring back when lightly pressed. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes then turn out to completely cool on a wire rack.

To make the buttercream, beat the butter until soft. Add the icing sugar and stir until it’s just mixed in, then add the milk and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy. Divide into as many bowls as you want different colour(s) and add edible food colouring (you only require a few drops). Spread the icing on thickly with a palette knife on top of each cupcake or put the icing into a piping back and make a large swirl on top of each cupcake. Decorate each cupcake with your chosen sprinkle(s).


At Anna's kitchen table said...

Ooh, they're pretty Maria!

Mila said...

They look so pretty!!!

Nom! The Indulgent Baking Blog said...

so cute!!

Nom! x

Gloria said...

aah María your cupcakes look awesome!!!! I love them! gloria

Jacqueline said...

So pretty and just calling out to me and I don't always enjoy cupcakes. Like the look of these though :)

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

I've always loved your decoration style Maria! It's so sweet and girly, and reminds me of proper home baking. These look really delicious.

Feeling Food said...

These look beautiful, and I love your style of writing. I'll be logging this recipe for future cupcake time:)


The Caked Crusader said...

Cupcakes are great - no matter how the media tries to make out they're a fad they're not, people like them.
Love your cupcakes - vanilla remains my favourite flavour!

Please Do Not Feed The Animals. said...

Maria - they are very pretty!
I, too, have fond memories of baking with my Mum or Grandma as a child and I hope my boys will love it too.
I reckon you'll have best Auntie status. :-)

Happy Cook / Finla said...

It is ages ago i made cupcakes and these look so so cute.

Kim said...

Ooh I love those giant button things - was looking at them in Tesco the other day! Vanilla cupcakes are my favourite thing to make, they also bring back lots of memories for me too as I was always baking them with my Mum when I was little :)

Tracey said...

Wow your cupcakes look lovely. I have just stumbled across your blog and its wonderful. I spent over 3 hours going through it and it is very inspiring. I may have to bake a cake now. Tracey x

Nicole Gamble said...

My mouth is watering now just looking at it! Super recipe!

Maggie said...

The cupcakes are really pretty, I love the decorations too.