Baby Shower Cupcakes – with butter cream

My lovely friend Sarah is due on January 15th and as such we threw her a baby shower to celebrate. I made some baby shower cupcakes in pink and blue as they are having a surprise! The recipe was really easy to make but the mini baby prams on top did give me a little stress in the morning – cutting out mini bits of icing with hot hands = bad idea! But we got there in the end and it was a lovely day – lots of baby related activities and yummy food 🙂 I also watched a Christmas Marry Berry cooking programme over the holidays and learnt a nifty trick for getting equally sized cupcakes that changed my life! Scroll down to learn the secret! 🙂

 

Enjoy!

Holly x

Ingredients:

  • 115g softened butter
  • 115g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 115g self raising flour
  • 1 tablespoon milk

For the frosting:

  • 175g unsalted butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 280g icing sugar (sifted)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4. Put 12 paper cases into a cupcake tray.
  2. Put butter and sugar into a bowl and beat together until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs. Sift in the flour and use a metal spoon to fold the mixture together. Add the milk to loosen the mixture.
  3. Here is the secret trick you have all been waiting for….Use an ice cream scoop (with a spring handle) to scoop out mixture from the bowl, flatten the mixture out against the side of the bowl and simply drop the mixture into the cases using the sprung handle – GENIUS!!
  4. Bake the cupcakes for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Place on wire rack to cool.
  6. To make the frosting, put the butter and vanilla extract in a bowl and use an electric hand whisk to beat until pale and very soft. Gradually add the icing sugar, whisking well after each addition. Add your required colouring – I used gel colouring as it stops the butter cream from becoming to sloppy.
  7. Spoon the frosting into a piping bag, fitted with a medium star nozzle and pipe frosting onto the cupcake – starting from the outside of the cake.
  8. Roll out white sugar icing and cut out 2 medium circles and 2 small circles. Cut 1 medium circle in half and the other into quarters. Using water, stick 1 half to 1 quarter, to make the pram. Add the 2 small circles as the wheels and decorate as you like.
  9. Enjoy! x

 

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Carrot Cupcakes

This is again one of my favourites bakers recipes – Mr John Whaite. It is the same carrot cake recipe as featured earlier in my blog but I decided to do smaller cupcakes rather then one cake as inspired by the lovely Janes Patisserie recent carrot cupcake post . They turned out beautifully! So I thought I’d give you a little peak 🙂 Scroll down for the recipe and enjoy!

 

Holly x

Cupcakes!

 

 

So last week Tim brought home the biggest cup cake holder you’ve ever seen. I was told that I could hold on to it provided I filled it with cupcakes to take back to his office. Good deal I think, I like to cook and I get to keep the giant cupcake box! So I did three types of cake: Lemon, chocolate and cherry topped lemon cake.

The basic recipe for the cake is:

  • 115g self raising flour
  • 115g marg
  • 115g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

The great thing about this recipe is you literally chuck all the ingredients into a bowl at once and blitz with an electric whisk until smooth then pop in the cases and in a 190C oven for 15 minutes.

For the lemon cupcakes I added a tablespoon or two of lemon marmalade which made the cake so moist and zingy. I then decorated them with yellow butter cream and iced flower and hundreds and thousands. The chocolate ones got a sprinkle of mini smarties and the cherry cakes got a dollop of white icing and one solitary cherry – simplicity at it’s best.

Babyshower cupcakes and shortbread

I was recently asked to bake some cupcakes for a baby shower for a baby boy and I was happy to help out – any excuse to bake 🙂 I headed over to Hobbycraft for some inspiration and found the cutest box decorations and polka dot cupcake cases. I also found a really cute baby print cookie cutter so decided to do some baby foot print shortbread too. Here is the final result!

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