National Cupcake Week

Next week is National Cupcake Week (18th-24th September 2017) and we can’t wait!

Cupcakes are great for all occasions and with the amount of flavours out there there’s a cupcake for everyone. We don’t need any excuse to eat cakes but it is a must for National Cupcake Week!

National Cupcake Week

The perfect mixture…

Creating the perfect mix is easy, all you’ll need is:

Ingredients:

  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 125g self-raising flour
  • 2tbsp of milk
  • 2 eggs
  • A pinch of salt if you wish.

Equipment:

  • Wooden spoon
  • Whisk (hand or electric whichever you prefer)
  • Bowl
  • Paper/silicone muffin cases (12)
  • Muffin style baking tray (to fit 12)
  • Skewer/cake tester.

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This mixture will create 12 even cupcakes, all you need to do is:

  • Set the oven to 190°C
  • Beat the butter until soft in a bowl
  • Add the sugar, SR flour, salt, milk and eggs and whisk until the mixture is smooth
  • Spoon the mixture into the cases that are already placed into the baking tray
  • Bake for 20 minutes until cooked in the centre and a lovely golden brown colour on top – check this by using your skewer/cake tester. If it comes out of the cake clean with no mixture attached, then the cake is cooked.
  • Once cooked remove from the oven, leave for a few minutes to rest
  • Remove from the baking tray (be careful it’s not too hot) and leave to cool properly on a wire rack.

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You can leave to decorate or once cooled they can be stored in the freezer for around a month and will take 1-2 hours to defrost completely.

 

Add some flavour…

The basic mix below will give you a traditional cupcake flavour, but if you want to create cupcakes with extra flare why not try added some of these ingredients below:

  • Add the zest or juice of a lemon or orange for a citrus flavour – the milk might not be needed with the extra liquid
  • A couple of tablespoons of Nutella or cocoa for a chocolate overload cupcake
  • Or some flavourings, gingerbread or caramel are delicious, simply drop some flavouring into the mix
  • A couple of tablespoons of coffee, for a coffee cupcake
  • Fruit can also be added, chop the fruit and add to your mixture, again the milk may not be needed as the fruit will create extra moisture for the cake.

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The frosting…

The frosting on top of a cupcake makes it so iconic, there’s plenty of ready-made frostings available but if you want to make your own here’s how:

  • Simply, mix icing sugar (3 cups) and butter (1/3 of a cup) together with a whisk
  • Stir in a few drops/teaspoons of flavouring (to taste) vanilla and strawberry are perfect with a plain cupcake mix or try adding some food colouring for different coloured frosting
  • Then stir in a tablespoon of milk and mix
  • Add another tablespoon of milk and continue to mix until smooth and frosting like (add more milk if needed)
  • Pipe onto your cooled cupcakes and enjoy!

National Cupcake Week

If you want to add any more decoration – the more the better when it comes to cupcakes. Fruit always looks lovely, or sprinkles and chocolate are always a crowd-pleaser.

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Enjoy National Cupcake Week!

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