Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Bake away..

"A generous heart, kind words, and fresh baked cupcakes are the things which renew humanity."
Hola fellow bakers!
Apologies for the lack of posts, I've been on holiday in Spain for the past week and a bit so haven't been able to blog! However before I went I took to my kitchen and baked up a lil post for you all, so here it is a lil late!

I luuuuurve to make cupcakes/cakes/sweet things and so I have picked out a really good recipe from the Hummingbird Bakery book! This post is going to be a tutorial on how to bake your very own 'Vanilla Cupcakes'! I'll leave a link of the cookbook at the end for any curious passer-by's!
  • 120g Plain flour
  • 140g Caster sugar
  • 1 1.5 Teaspoons baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 40g Unsalted butter
  • 120 Whole milk
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 Teaspoon vanilla extract

Recipe Frosting:
  • 250g Icing sugar
  • 80g Unsalted butter
  • 25ml Whole milk
  • A couple of drops of vanilla extract

1. Preheat the oven!
- 170C - 325F - GAS 3

2. Got all the ingredients?

3. Prepare Frosting!

4. Fill up the baking tray! 
- This recipe makes up to 12 cupcakes.

5. Step-by-step!
1. Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter into a bowl. 
2. Mix using either a wooden spoon or a slow speed setting with an electric whisk. Mix until you get a sandy consistency and everything is combined.
3. Gradually pour in half the milk and beat until the milk is just incorporated.
4. Add in the vanilla extract.

5. Beat the egg in a separate bowl then pour into mixture.
6. Add in the remainders of the milk.
7. Mix all ingredients together and continue beating until incorporated. Continue mixing for a couple more minutes until the mixture is smooth, do not over mix.
8. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases.

5. Ready to cook!
Once you have finished spooning the mixture into the cupcake cases, it's then time to place the baking tray into the preheated oven! 
*Be careful with this manoeuvre as ovens are super hot!*
Set the timer to 20-25 minutes, or until cupcakes appear light golden and the sponge bounces back when touched!

6. Prepare the icing!
1&2. Add the butter to the icing sugar.
3. Beat the icing sugar and butter together until the mixture comes together and is well mixed.
4. Add in the drops of vanilla extract and continue to mix until all combined.

5. The next step is up to you! You don't have to add colour to the icing sugar, but I do just to add more 'pa-zaaaz!'... In the past I used to always use liquid food coloring, that was until I stumbled across the gel colourings and since then I've never looked back! 
I find the gel food colourings hold the exact colour, bold and vibrant. Whereas with liquid food colouring I used to have to use a lot of it to create the bright colour that I wanted!
6. When the colour of your choice has been added, mix until smooth and completely mixed.

7. Beep beep, beep beep!
When the time is up, your cupcakes are ready! Be careful when taking the baking tray out of the oven as it is super hot and injuries are not groovy!
The best way to check if your cupcakes are cooked is to push a skewer to the end of the cupcake and if the skewer comes out clean then you have succeeded! If not, then pop the cupcakes back in the oven for a few more minutes!
- Leave the cupcakes to cool for a short while in the baking tray before placing the cupcakes onto a cooling rack!

8. Ice ice baby.. Do do do do do doooo!
1. The best part! Apply a dollop of icing on top of your cupcake, using the back of a small spoon, spread the icing around the top of the cupcake until the top is completely covered.
2. Whilst the icing is still unset add any kinds of decorations of your choice, I've gone for pearls, shimmer pearls and colour confetti!
3. The icing will set keeping all decorations in place!
- Keep going until you have decorated all 12 cupcakes (or however many you wish to make!)

9. Bonappetite! 
There we have it, you should be left with 12 (or more.. or less!) beautifully looking cupcakes gooood enough to eat. All that's left to do is tidy up and tuck on in.. I sometimes find when baking it's best to keep on top of the cleaning by tidying up on your way, this makes things a little less daunting at the end of your cooking adventure!

Thank you for reading, looking, nosing at this cupcake tutorial!
Let me know if you liked this sort of 'baking themed' post  and why not try out this recipe for yourself, if not there are hundreds of other recipes to choose from, happy baking!

Yum, yum, yum..
With love, Charlotte 

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