Cupcakes for a Play Date

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 egg

1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract

For the Frosting:

300g of icing sugar

100g of unsalted butter

40g cocoa powder

40ml milk

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



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