Cupcakes have personality.
They are the #1 reason for goofy smiles.
They can end wars and start world peace.
Don’t believe me? I’ll prove it to you.
You fought with your best friend? Give him/her a cupcake.
Your boss wants to destroy your life? Cupcake.
Gloomy weather got you down? Cupcake.
You want someone to marry you? Cupcake.
Cupcake, cupcake, cupcake.
You will thank me.
There is just something special about these small, adorable treats.
Can you see it?
How about now?
What I love about the cupcake is that it really is rather humble. I mean I know there are stuffed cupcakes (crazy!), layered cupcakes (genius!), and liquer cupcakes (I’m in heaven), but usually it all begins with a basic cupcake.
Something like this?
And then you get busy.
You scribble, sprinkle, squeeze, smile.
You dip, dry, decorate, dance.
You hold, heat, hide, hop.
You…get the drift.
So you can make a “La-dee-daa” cupcake.
Or an “Excuse me, while I turn away from your silliness” cupcake.
Maybe a “I may look 25, but secretly I’m 5” cupcake.
Or my current favourite – “I’m fancy so deal with it” cupcake.
Explore your hidden personalities.
Be silly, smiley, sophisticated, angry, loopy, or crazy.
Make cupcakes that celebrate you. And share them with someone.
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 12-15 mins
65 g plain flour, sifted
65 g salted butter, melted and cooled
65 g finely ground sugar, sifted
1 large egg
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp vanilla essence
for decorations see below
For the cupcakes
- Preheat the oven to 180º C. Line a six-grooved cupcake tray with paper liners.
- Gently mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Mix until it comes together and becomes a pale yellow, shiny batter.
- Use a spoon to drop the batter into the 6 liners. Don’t worry if the tops are uneven. The heat in the oven will make them smooth.
- Put the tray into the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes. Take the cupcakes out of the tray and leave to cool on a wire rack.
For the decorations
- For the pink and yellow cupcakes, I used regular butter-cream icing. For this, mix 4 tbsp melted and cooled butter with 30g icing sugar. Add a few drops of vanilla essence, and mix well. Add a little more sugar if the consistency isn’t thick enough to hold. Add a drop of your preferred food colour and mix again. Spoon this into an icing bag and pipe away. Add sprinkles or sugar flowers on top.
- The brown sugar cupcake is very easy to do, and so delicious. Heat 2 tbsp butter in a small pan. Add 2 tbsp granulated brown sugar and leave for a couple of minutes. When you see bubbles appearing around the edges, stir gently and remove from the heat. Carefully (it’s very hot!) spoon over your cupcake.
- For the colourful red and green cupcake, I used edible food colour pens a fabulous friend brought me from Germany. Find some and create scribbly cupcakes!