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What can I say?? I just love to bake!! Ever since I would go to Grandma's house as a little girl and bake highlight cakes or help Ninny make her famous vanilla cookies, I've been obsessed with baking! Not only from recipe books, but freestyle too! With a father as a chef, i suppose it is in my genes! Some of my favourite memories from growing up were those moments after dinner when my dad would get his sweet tooth pang and have me help him whip up a batch of toffee fruit kebabs, or irish caramels! I used to love how he never followed recipes, he always just knew what ingredients worked with one another and how to play with quantities. So, from an early age, i had learnt from the master and i was well on my way to bake on my own! When i was 7 years old, i used to bake chocoloate cakes to sell to the mothers of my friends when they came to watch our Saturday morning minkey hockey games! Before i knew it, i was being commissioned from my school teachers to bake cakes for them at $2 a pop! This blog holds just a few of my favourite tried and tested recipes which I've thoroughly enjoyed both baking and eating! So enjoy!!

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Happy Cakes!

Vanilla Cupcakes are my all time favourite!  They're a classic and lets be honest, everyone loves cupcakes... kids and adults alike!  This recipe makes a delightfully light and fluffy vanilla cupcake, not too buttery, just right!  You can have so much fun when it comes to frosting and decorating too!  I've posted a few snaps of my own designs, and be sure to watch this space and there will be many more to come!

Cooking Time: 20-25 minutes
Preperation Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 12

 - 120g plain flour
 - 140g caster sugar
 - 1½ tsp baking powder
 - A pinch of salt
 - 40g unsalted butter, at room temperature
 - 120ml whole milk
 - 1 egg
 - ¼ tsp vanilla extract

Vanilla Frosting:
 - 250g icing sugar, sifted

 - 80g unsalted butter, at room temperature
 - 25ml whole milk
 - A couple of drops of vanilla extract

- Hundreds and thousands or other edible sprinkles, to decorate

1)  Line a 12 hole cupcake tray with paper cases
2)  Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/gas mark 3.

3)  Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter in a free-standing electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or use a hand-held electric whisk) and beat on slow speed until you get a sandy consistency and everything is combined.

4)  Gradually pour in half the milk and beat until the milk is just incorporated.

5)  Whisk the egg, vanilla extract and remaining milk together in a separate bowl for a few seconds, then pour into the flour mixture and continue beating until just incorporated (scrape any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula). Continue mixing for a couple more minutes until the mixture is smooth. Do not overmix.

6)  Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until two-thirds full and bake in the preheated oven for 20–25 minutes, or until light golden and the sponge bounces back when touched.

7)  A skewer inserted in the centre should come out clean. Leave the cupcakes to cool slightly in the tray before turning out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

8)  Whilst the cupcakes are cooling, begin to make the frosting.  Beat the icing sugar and butter together in a free-standing electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or use a hand-held electric whisk) on medium-slow speed until the mixture comes together and is well mixed.

9)  Turn the mixer down to slow speed. Combine the milk and vanilla extract in a separate bowl, then add to the butter mixture a couple of tablespoons at a time.

10)  Once all the milk has been incorporated, turn the mixer up to high speed.

11)  Beat until the frosting is light and fluffy, at least 5 minutes. The longer the frosting is beaten, the fluffier and lighter it becomes.
12)  When the cupcakes are cold, spoon the vanilla frosting on top and decorate with hundreds and thousands - or go nuts with your own designs!!  See below for inspiration...!
Easter Bunny Cupcakes!        
                                                              Little Piggy Cupcakes

Tea Cup Cakes

Hooting Owls!
                                                                      Bumble Bee's!
                                                            Bon Voyage Cupcakes

It's a Boy!  Babyshower Cupcakes
                                                              Lilac Flower Cupcakes

The Ultimate Cupcake Assortment!

The Single Rose

Yellow Water Lillies


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