It has been a while since I last baked something, therefore today I have made some cup cakes, for no reason at all other than that I want to eat cake. Thats acceptable right? The thing I love about cupcakes is that they are perfect for so many occasions and everyone loves them, if you don’t love a cup cake you must be crazy!
These are the most simple cakes to make and they will work for every occasion from baby showers to weddings to birthdays.
100g self raising flower
100g caster sugar
260g Icing sugar
splash of milk
Food colouring of choice
To start turn on your oven at 180 degrees or gas mark 4 to pre-heat the oven. Then weigh out your ingredients for the cake, mix the sugar and the butter together so that it forms a paste. Once mixed together, add the eggs into the mixture and beat together.
Once these are mixed together add the flour into this same mixture gently using a metal spoon fold the flour in to until when lifting the spoon out the mixture with drop and fold leaving a point on top. It is important to not mix this too quickly as you want to keep some air in the mixture so when the cakes bake they are a light and fluffy texture.
Once this is done place a table spoon of mixture into cake cases in a 12 hole tray and place in the oven. This will take about 10-15 minutes to cook and leave in until golden on top. You can test that it is done by getting a fork and in the top putting the top into the cake gently, if the fork comes away clean then the centre of the cake will be cooked. I would then leave these the cool for about half an hour before icing.
Once these are cooled it is time to make the icing. Firstly take the butter and mix in a bowl until soft, then add half of the icing sugar into the bowl containing the butter and mix together, once that half is mixed add the other half of icing sugar in along with the splash of milk, when I say splash, I literally mean a tiny dash of milk as too much will make the icing too runny and not stick together correctly.
I have then separated my icing into two but you can obviously use which ever colour you chose, I have gone for pink and blue. Once the icing is the colour you want place it into a piping bag and pipe the icing onto the top of the cake, I have done this starting from the outside going in a circular motion round to the inside finishing with pulling the icing upwards to create a peak.
To finish off my cakes I have added some sprinkles onto the top of the cake for that extra bit of prettiness. I hope you like my cakes and leave your comments below!