You probably all know what it is like… one wants this, one wants that, then Daddy butts in too! Well, this is exactly what happened today when I offered to make cupcakes! You see RangeCookers.co.uk are running a FABULOUS competition to win… well, a range cooker of course! And the task is simple (and fun too!) – to create a cupcake and blog about it!
So how on earth will I please all 3 of my boys?
Thank goodness I am creative… and LOVE baking! So it will be one cupcake with three flavours…
So what do you need?
To make the cupcakes themselves the ingredients you need are:
- 125g butter
- 165g caster sugar
- 2 eggs (ours were laid by the chickens next door!)
- 225g SR flour
- 125ml milk
This is enough to make 12 cupcakes, but I always double my mix to make 24!
So what do you do?
To make the chocolate ‘ice-cream’ flavour sieve in around 50g of cocoa powder to the third bowl and stir well!Then divide the mixture between the cupcake cases, adding a spoonful of each ‘ice-cream’ flavour mixture to each case.
What’s in the buttercream?
For this we used:
- 125g butter
- 240g icing sugar
- Dash of milk
- Vanilla extract
(Again, this is enough to ‘whip’ 12 cakes, so I doubled the mix!)
First whisk the butter until it is as white as possible. We use an electric whisk for this as it is quicker!Then gradually beat in the icing sugar, vanilla, and milk, checking the consistency is thick enough to leave a trail (just see if you can still see the pattern of the beaters in the buttercream when it is switched off!)
I was really excited to be able to use my NEW piping set that I had just got for my birthday, choosing a nozzle which I thought would give me a ‘whippy-like’ topping…and thankfully I chose well! All of the cupcakes were topped ‘whippy-style’ to give the effect of an ice-cream!
Then we had a problem! You see, I thought I had some strawberry ice-cream sauce in the cupboard… but when I searched it wasn’t there! Aaaaaargh! How to make a strawberry sauce without having any!Simple – I mixed some icing sugar with a dash of red food colouring, strawberry essence and water to make a thickish icing paste. I then piped this onto the whippy tops in swirls! Job done – phew!
And all three boys were happy – phew!
This post is my entry into the rangecookers.co.uk Cupcake Creative Competition. For more information on how to enter (and get your own entry in) just click here!