reganreads: (Rose)

110g/4oz butter or margarine, softened at room temperature
110g/4oz caster sugar
2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
110g/4oz self-raising flour
1-2 tbsp milk

For the buttercream icing
140g/5oz butter, softened
280g/10oz icing sugar
1-2 tbsp milk
a few drops food colouring

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases.
Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale. Beat in the eggs a little at a time and stir in the vanilla extract.
Fold in the flour using a large metal spoon, adding a little milk until the mixture is of a dropping consistency. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until they are half full.
Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until golden-brown on top and a skewer inserted into one of the cakes comes out clean. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack.
For the buttercream icing, beat the butter in a large bowl until soft. Add half the icing sugar and beat until smooth.
Then add the remaining icing sugar with one tablespoon of the milk, adding more milk if necessary, until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
Add the food colouring and mix until well combined.
Spoon the icing into a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe the icing using a spiralling motion onto the cup cakes in a large swirl.
reganreads: (McGonagall)
I love to cook. Well, mostly I love to bake. Cupcakes and cookies are my favourites but I’ll try anything… it’s always nice to eat afterwards!

My mum used to bake cakes when I was younger and I would always help her out. I’d help with measuring things out and licking the spoon, that kind of thing. And now I make them myself. I make either cookies or cupcakes pretty much every weekend. It’s a stress reliever, I find it relaxing.

Cupcakes aren’t difficult to bake. You can even buy a cake mix from the store and some pre-made frosting if you can’t bake them from scratch.

My favourite cupcakes are vanilla, chocolate, lemon, carrot cake, red velvet and chocolate/vanilla. I also love decorating them differently. When I decorate cupcakes in December they will have Winter or Christmas themes with snowflakes, snowmen, santa etc.

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