Birthday Cupcakes


So, my blog had a birthday! In case you missed that exciting post, you can click here! I obviously had to be a cliche blogger and make a cupcake (or 12... haha!) and stick a candle in it for the blog photo, but I'm super happy with how that post turned out.. as soppy as it was! And as promised in that post here I am sharing the recipe with you lot! Because birthday cupcakes aren't just for blog birthdays. They're perfect as an alternative for a big birthday cake, you could even pop them onto a cake stand for ultimate cuteness - haha! I don't know, there's something about a single candle in a cupcake that's super cute and I think I'd be pretty happy if someone made that for me, so you should definitely go out and make them for all your friends, haha! But yeah, I haven't done a baking post in a REALLY long time, so this is long overdue - I actually have a few planned baking posts coming up, including a savoury meal which I am super excited to share, so get excited for that. And obviously Christmas is coming up, so you can definitely expect some more baking in the next month... Look at me sticking to my goals I made in my Sh*t I Want To Get Done post! 


YOU NEED: 
• 200g flour
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 200g caster sugar
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 100g usalted butter
• 3 eggs
 150ml milk
• 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the icing:
• 200g icing sugar
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 100g unsalted butter

METHOD: 
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C and then place the flour, baking powder, caster sugar, salt and butter into a bowl.
2. Mix this together with your fingertips until it becomes a fine breadcrumb like mixture.
3. In a seperate bowl, whisk the eggs, milk and vanilla extract together, until well blended.
4. Slowly pour the egg mixture into your dry ingredients, whilst still whisking.
5. Whisk a little more until smooth, don't over-mix though!
6. Optional: Pour the cake mix into a jug as this makes it easier to pop it into the cake cases!
7. Place the cupcake cases into your cake tin (I used muffin cases for 12 bigger cupcakes instead of 24 smaller cupcakes - it's up to you!)
8. Carefully pour the mixture into each case until it's half full.
9. Place into the oven for 20-30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean!
10. Allow the cupcakes to cool whilst you make the icing.
11.To make the icing combine the icing sugar, vanilla extract and butter and whisk for 5 minutes, until light and fluffy!
12. Make sure the cupcakes are completely cool before you decorate - or the icing will melt.
13. You can either ice by hand using a spoon to scoop a teaspoon of icing onto each cake and then smooth it out with the back of the spoon.
14. Or pipe using a piping bag and a nozzle - when you ice start from the outside of each cupcake and work your way inwards in a circle motion.
15. Decorate with sprinkles or anything cute - I opted for hundreds and thousands, coloured strands and strawberry flavoured crunch sweets!





To see a post from one year ago today click here!

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