I think you’ll find it no surprise that we love cupcakes at Foodstuff Finds. They are fun to bake, and even more fun to decorate! It’s one of those things were even a simple design can look stunning, providing all the toppings are put together well.
The lovely folk at Range Cookers are running a competition for bloggers to show off their cupcake baking and decorating skills and win a new oven. All you need to do is bake some cupcakes, decorate them, take photos of them and write a blog post about them which mentions Rangecookers.co.uk. Then let Range Cookers know by either posting a link on their facebook page or tweeting/emailing it to them. I’ve paraphrased a bit, but the full details are on the website: http://www.rangecookers.co.uk/cupcakecreative/ The other exciting news is that I’m helping to judge the entries!! This does however mean I can’t enter myself, but here is my post just for fun, and as an example. Good luck everybody!!! :-)
Cupcake – Basic sponge – (makes 24 small cupcakes)
250g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract (or whichever flavour takes your fancy)
185g self-raising flour
60g plain flour
Cupcake – Basic Icing (for 24 small cupcakes)
500g icing sugar
A dash of milk
A tsp of vanilla extract. (or other flavouring and additional colouring of choice)
Selection of sweeties, premade icing shapes or other goodies for decoration
- Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 6
- Place cupcake case on the baking tray.
- Cream the butter and sugar
- Whisk the eggs in a separate bowl with a fork.
- Add the egg to the butter/sugar gradually and stir. If the mixture looks like its splitting add a tsp of plain flour.
- Add in your flavouring of choice, I tend to go with a tsp of vanilla extract.
- Gradually fold in the flour, adding the milk in gradually at the same time too.
- Put the mixture into the cupcake case and bake for twenty mins. Keep an eye on them; they will look golden when cooked.
- Allow them to cool in the tin for a few minutes, before transferring them to a cooling rack.
- Once cool you can start on the icing.
- Mix the butter and sugar, also mix in thoroughly any colourings of flavourings, and add a little milk to keep the mixture wet.
- Add this to a piping bag, and decorate.
- Then add whatever decoration you fancy.
See below for some of the ones I created.... You don’t have to come up with multiple designs to enter the competition; I was just having a bit of fun!
Made with vanilla icing, a premade iced red rose and red sugar sprinkles.
Made with chocolate icing (I didn’t have black), vanilla icing and yellow and bronze sugar decorations.
Strawberry pink and vanilla icing, coloured sugar sprinkles and a chocolate button
Chocolate icing, sugar sprinkles, chocolate buttons and fudges pieces! Yum!
Coffee flavoured icing, dark chocolate coffee beans and bronze sugar sprinkles
Strawberry icing, tutti frutti sweets and bronze sugar decorations
Don’t forget to get you entries in for the competition!!!
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!