A week ago, yep I know I am late writing this but, I’ve been waiting for inspiration and then realised actually I should post a blog about Cupcakes a great Cricket Tea item but also a great treat to take to a Play Date too..
So last week my oldest Pixie was invited to her school friends for tea and I suggested bringing cupcakes.. So that day, before I started work at 8am I had baked 12 cupcakes, oh did I mention Chocolate Cupcakes too and from my favorite cook book as well – Hummingbird Bakery and I will post pictures to show how much its been used too at the end of this post. I have tried many cupcake recipes over the years and I always come back to this one. Its easy to follow and the ingredients are what you have around if you like a touch of baking.
I will post the recipe at the end of this blog too but before I discuss the ingredients I am going to share some tips when you follow the method. It says to add the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and marg/butter at once and mix until it turns to sand, and you really must do this stage as it produces a lovely light sponge. Then it says to add the egg in batches, then the milk and vanilla. To be honest I lightly whisk the egg in to the milk and vanilla and then add gradually. I don’t mix for long probably 30 secs once its all in and then using an ice cream scoop I dish it into the cases. I also cook these at 160c for 19mins but it depends on your oven and I have a fan oven.
To the icing, which is another recipe I use from the Hummingbird book and I add all the ingredients in one go and first mix lightly with a spoon to get the icing sugar covered before the mixer goes on as I don’t like the cloud of icing sugar it produces. Anyway I mix on a very low speed in my Kenwood for around 10mins and it goes light and fluffy.
Once the cupcakes are cooled I use a bag and pipe and make what I call a ‘Mr Whippy Swirl’ see in the picture above. Please note on these cupcakes I ran out of time as I only had 5 mins to complete them and did not have time to whip the butter icing…
Anyway did they go down well I hear you ask, well yes they did its a fab recipe, very easy and very effective too. I can not recommend enough…
So to the Recipe:
So it states its a devils food cake recipe in the book and it also says don’t over beat which I completely agree with. I almost treat it like a muffin when I am mixing it.
100g plain flour
20g cocoa powder
140g caster sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
a pinch of salt
40g of unsalted butter at room temp / I have been known to use marg
120ml of milk and it states whole milk, however I do use semi skimmed sometimes
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
For the Frosting:
300g of icing sugar
100g of unsalted butter
40g cocoa powder
I don’t sift anything by the way and it makes no difference.
Right so there you go a great recipe and for more information please head too Hummingbird Bakery
The mixer I use – Kenwood Prospero
Thanks for reading