By Martin Isark
You’re one of the many millions watching ‘The Great British Bake Off’ on BBC Two. Tad apprehensive that you don’t have the cooking skills of Mary Berry, Delia Smith or the baking know how of Paul Hollywood, but you’re itching to get your apron on and start baking? Then why not try the ‘Can I Eat It? ‘So Easy To Make Cupcakes’? They look great and they have that ‘I must have another and another one’ quality. Happy baking!
Can I Eat It?’ ‘So Easy To Make Cupcakes’
For twelve cupcakes you’ll need:
- Paper Cupcake/Muffin Cases
- 12 Holed Cupcake/Muffin Baking Tin
- 2 Large Mixing Bowls
- Baking Scales
- Whisk (electric whisk works best)
- Cake Spatula
- Cooling Rack
- Piping Bag
Ingredients for the cupcakes:
- 125g Unsalted Butter
- 75ml Buttermilk
- 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 Extract
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.
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Dale Farm Lakeland Live Cultured Buttermilk Kendal Lake District
Want buttermilk for baking or as a tangy alternative to regular milk to drink? If the style, size and price fits – put a tub in the trolley.
Not forgetting barcode: 5010651001627
Billington’s Natural Golden Caster Sugar
Want unrefined golden caster cane sugar for baking? Billington’s is as good as you’ll find on the shelf. If the size and price fits – put a pack in the trolley. Tasted by Martin Isark
Not forgetting barcode: 5000436737476
Tesco Organic Self Raising Flour
Want organic self raising flour for baking and cooking? If the style,size and price fits – put a bag in the trolley. Tasted by Martin Isark
Competing Brands: Homepride & McDougall’s
Not forgetting barcode: 5010067379990
Allinson Nature Friendly Plain Flour
Allinson is one of the leading baking brands on the shelves. Want Nature Friendly Plain Flour? If the size and price fits – put a pack in the trolley. Tasted by Martin Isark
Not forgetting barcode: 50234684
Whitworths Glace Cherries
Want sweet glace cherries for baking, decorating or cocktails? If the style, size and price fits – put a tub in the trolley. Tasted by Martin Isark