Get your apron and bake these ‘so-easy’ to make cupcakes that deliver that ‘I must have another and another one’ quality. The recipe is for just twelve, but double or treble it – if you are baking them for a party or a good cause like Sport Relief. My twelve year old daughter had just as much fun making them as she did eating them!
Paper Cupcake/Muffin Cases
12 Holed Cupcake/Muffin Baking Tin
2 Large Mixing Bowls
Whisk (electric whisk works best)
Ingredients for the cupcakes:
125g Unsalted Butter
175g Caster Sugar
3 Free-range Medium Eggs
125g Self-Raising Flour
50g Plain Flour
Prep for the cupcakes:
Preheat the oven to 190C or Gas mark 5.
To remove any dishwasher or cupboard odours, give the cupcake tin and the mixing bowls a quick rinse in hot water – no soap.
Sieve the flour (both the plain and the self-raising) into one of the mixing bowls.
Break the 3 eggs into a small bowl or cup. Take a quick look for any bits of unwanted egg shell.
Make the cupcake mixture by adding all the unsalted butter and the caster sugar into a mixing bowl.
Whisk until pale and creamy!
Now add the buttermilk, the 3 eggs and all the sieved flour.
Whisk until fluffy!
This is not an exact science, but if you aim is to fill the cupcake cases until two thirds full – the mixture will make 12 cupcakes.
Now put the 12 filled cases into 12 holed cupcake baking tin.
Put cupcakes and baking tin in the pre-heated oven on the middle shelf and bake for around 20mins – or until golden brown. As not to overcook – check from 15mins!
Remove from the oven and let the cupcakes cool for around 10mins.
Now place them on a metal cooling rack and leave until cold.
As the cupcakes are cooling make the butter cream icing:
Ingredients for Icing:
100g Unsalted Butter
220g Icing Sugar
1 tsp vanilla Essence
To make the cupcake butter cream icing, add all the unsalted butter and the caster sugar into a mixing bowl. Now whisk until pale creamy and fluffy.
At this stage there is an option to add colour to the butter cream icing with food colouring. Always check the label if you have special dietary requirements – as some colours may not be suitable.
Decide how many colours you would like, separate the butter cream icing into the amount of colours you require. Add tiny drop of the required food colour and whisk until the colour is even.
Hundred & Thousands
Or anything that takes you fancy on the baking shelves
Decorating the cupcakes:
Spoon the butter cream icing into a piping bag, and then slowly pipe onto the top of the cupcakes.
Finish with any of the many cake decorations found on the baking shelves. Always check the labels if you have special dietary requirements – as some decorations may not be suitable.
Want to decorate:
ASDA Hundreds & Thousands
Dr. Oetker Hundreds & Thousands
Dr Oetker is one of the leading food cupboard brands on the supermarket’s shelves. Buy only if the size and price fits.