19 May 2014

Recipe: Easy Cupcakes

Around a week ago, I made some very simple cupcakes for my step-dad's 50th Birthday and they were scrummy, if I do say so myself. They were very easy to make which gave me the idea to use the opportunity to show you how you can make these vanilla cupcakes yourself. The pictures below show the ingredients and basic steps, but I thought I'd do it in just writing otherwise I'll end up clogging this post with images.


Ingredients 
(This recipe makes 24 cupcakes)

6 Oz (175g) of Self raising flour (Make sure you sieve the flour)
6 Oz (175g) of Casting Sugar (Also sieve the sugar)
 6 Oz (175g) of Margarine or Softened/Unsalted Butter
One teaspoon of Vanilla Flavouring/Extract
One tablespoon of Baking Powder
3 Medium Eggs

Preperation

- Preheat your oven to 180c/Gas 4
- Line two cupcake tins with paper cases
- Make sure all ingredients are weighed

Method

It's much easier using an electronic device to mix in the ingredients and depending on what type of machine you're using, the best outcome is to add the sugar and butter first then add everything else. If you are mixing by hand make sure you're using a wooden spoon for the best outcome and follow these steps:

- First add sugar and margarine to a large bowl, then mix these together to create a fluffy consistency.
- Then add eggs one at a time whilst continuously mixing.
- Follow this by adding sieved flour to the mix.
- Then add baking powder and vanilla flavouring.
- Keep mixing until you reach a smooth consistency.

After the mixture is ready- it should be smooth without lumps and should have slightly runny consistency. Fill the cupcake cases with the mix.  After this, you need to place the trays in the oven and leave them to bake which should take around 15-20 minutes depending on the cake sizes.

To know if the cakes are done, just place a skewer or a sharp knife into the centre of a cake, if the skewer/knife comes out clean then the cakes are done and ready to come out. If the skewer/knife comes out with cake on it, then the cakes need more time.

Once the cakes are done the cakes need to be placed on a cooling rack, if you don't have one of these then place them on a plate. Then leave the cakes to cool down until they are ready to decorate/eat.

Decoration

There are so many options for cake decoration I'm not going to go into each one.The easiest forms of decoration are normal icing and butter icing. But of course you can add colours, chocolate, flavours and so much more. There are also lots of decorations you can buy from supermarkets, baking stores etc. too so go ahead and have fun with it.

I hope you've liked this post, it's a little bit different than what I'd usually do. Maybe they'll be more recipe posts to come!






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