One of my favourite things to do now that I'm living in my own home is to cook and bake, and one of the easiest and simplest things to bake are cupcakes!! I cannot tell you how many times I've made them, and I use the same recipe every time (a recipe which I actually learnt whilst I was in secondary school during cooking lessons) and it has served me well.
The best thing about cupcakes is that although the basic recipe is almost always the same, you can swap or add ingredients to your personal tastes! For example, make chocolate cupcakes instead of vanilla, or add some choc chips or fudge pieces to the mixture, add liquid flavouring, or even add lots of food colourings to make rainbow cupcakes as seen on the Great British Bake Off!
Not only can you switch up the ingredients in the cake mixture, but there are thousands of ways you can decorate your cupcakes too, whether it be using fondant icing to cover or make decorations, or even just piping some tasty buttercream icing on top, so you could pretty much make a cupcake for any occasion! Hence today's post where I thought it would be a nice idea to make some cupcakes for Mother's Day! I made two lots, one for my mom, and one for Ashley's mom :) Here is my basic vanilla cupcake and buttercream icing recipe/method:
VANILLA CUPCAKE MIXTURE
120g butter (room temp)
120g caster sugar
2 medium eggs
1 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla essence
120g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
- Preheat your oven to 180 degrees/ Gas mark 4.
- Line your 12 hole cupcake tray with paper cupcake cases.
- Cream your butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl.
- Beat in your eggs 1 at a time and stir.
- Add your vanilla extract and stir.
- Mix together your flour and baking powder in a separate bowl.
- Sieve the flour/baking powder mixture into your mixture.
- Fold the flour into the mixture until smooth and creamy.
- Mix in your milk until the mixture is of a dropping consistency.
- Spoon the mixture into your cake cases until all are filled evenly, no more than halfway up the case.
- Bake in the oven for between 12-15 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.
(Insert a knife or skewer into the cake and if it comes out clean this means your cake is cooked!)
- Take out of the baking tray and leave on a cooling rack whilst you're making your buttercream...
VANILLA BUTTERCREAM ICING MIXTURE
150g butter (room temp)
350g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp food colouring of your choice
1 tsp milk
- Place your butter in a mixing bowl and then sieve in half of the icing sugar and stir until smooth.
- Pour in your vanilla extract, food colouring and milk and mix until smooth.
- Sieve in the remainder of your icing sugar and stir until you have a thick creamy consistency.
- Once your cakes have cooled you can use a piping bag to decorate your cakes with the buttercream.
Finally I added pretty roses made from regal icing(shop bought). All I had to do was add a food colouring, and knead through the icing until evenly spread, before I followed this amazing tutorial on how to make roses from icing without any tools! This was my first attempt at these and I think they turned out really well and look super pretty! I then finished off by adding a single edible pearl to the centre of each rose!
What do you think of this little gift idea? Have you got any handmade gifts for your mom? :)