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Foodie Friday: Classic Cupcakes

Pretty much no matter what kind of decoration my cupcakes will be having I tend to mostly follow the same recipe as I think it’s a pretty fool proof, tastes amazing, never goes wrong kinda recipe and that is exactly what you want when baking. Even if your experimenting with frostings and toppings you want to know that you’ve got your go-to’s sorted when you need them. So today I thought I would share with you my classic vanilla cupcake, vanilla frosting, chocolate cupcake and chocolate frosting recipes that taste amazing. 

I think the recipe is definitely more of an American ‘cupcake’ recipe rather than an English fairy cake recipe of creaming the marg and sugar together etc but I love it and love the taste of them. 

Plus Amelia gives them a thumbs up, so that’s one reason to give it a go!!

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– I have done the ingredients as images so you can Pin them or save them for easy access! 

Vanilla Cupcakes: – makes enough for 12

Ingredients-

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   Method-

1. Preheat the oven 170C/325F/Gas3

2. Put flour, sugar, baking powder and butter in a free-standing mixer or handheld electric whisk and beat together until they create a sandy consistency. It works better if your butter is at room temp!

3. In a separate bowl (I always use the measuring jug  adding the milk first) whisk the milk, egg and vanilla together. 

4. Slowly add this mixture to the sandy mixture. 

5. Once all added make sure it has all combined with no lumps etc. 

6. Spoon the mixture into paper cases, about 2/3 full. This mixture will be slightly runnier than possible previous cake mixes you have made but that is fine! 

7. Bake for 20minutes or until the cake bounces back when touched or you insert a skewer and it comes out clean! 

8. Leave cakes to cool before icing them!

 

Vanilla Frosting; – enough for 12 cupcakes

Ingredients-

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Method-

Using a mixer or electric whisk is definitely going to give you the result for this. I personally use my mixer as then I can leave it mixing for ages and frosting gets thicker and looks better the longer it is mixed for!

1. Beat the icing sugar and the butter together in your mixer or with the whisk. 

2. Once this has come together and is well mixed add the milk and vanilla. 

3. Beat for as long as possible (it will seem like it’s going to be way to thick and you’ll want to add more liquid..DON’T!!)

4. It will end up being really light and fluffy and is so great to work with. 

Sometimes I even pop it in the fridge for ten minutes or so to firm it up even more. 

 

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Chocolate Cupcakes; – makes enough for 12 

Ingredients-

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 Method-

1. Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas3

2. Put the flour, cocoa powder, caster sugar, baking powder and butter in your free-standing electric mixer or handheld electric whisk and beat until you get a sandy consistency.

3. In a separate bowl (I use a measuring jug just make sure to add the milk first) whisk together the milk, egg and vanilla. 

4. Slowly add this to the sandy mixture and beat to combine. 

5. Make sure to mix out all the lumps but don’t overmix! 

6. Spoon the mixture into paper cases, about 2/3 full. This mixture will be slightly runnier than possible previous cake mixes you have made but that is fine! 

7. Bake for 20minutes or until the cake bounces back when touched or you insert a skewer and it comes out clean! 

8. Leave cakes to cool before icing them!

 

Chocolate Frosting; – makes enough for 12 

Ingredients- 

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Method-

Using a mixer or electric whisk is definitely going to give you the result for this. I personally use my mixer as then I can leave it mixing for ages and frosting gets thicker and looks better the longer it is mixed for!

1. Beat the icing sugar, butter and cocoa powder together in your mixer or with the whisk. 

2. Once this has come together and is well mixed add the milk.

3. Beat for as long as possible (it will seem like it’s going to be way to thick and you’ll want to add more liquid..DON’T!!)

4. It will end up being really light and fluffy and is so great to work with. 

Sometimes I even pop it in the fridge for ten minutes or so to firm it up even more. 

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Sorry there is a bit of repetition with the recipes and methods but they are my trusted cupcake recipes. Even alone they taste great. Last week I made just vanilla cupcakes with a vanilla frosting decorated with sprinkles and a flake and everyone always comments on how lovely the cake is. Chocolate lovers like myself a chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting really does it for me as they taste AMAZING! 

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Let me know if you give these recipe’s a try!

Thanks for reading!xx

ALICE & AMELIA STICK PEOPLE

 

2 Comments

  1. 15th May 2015 / 8:16 am

    YUM YUM IN MY TUM! I love cupcakes! 🙂 These look so delicious and it looks like Amelia is loving them too xx

  2. 15th May 2015 / 10:30 am

    I need to save this page! I’m a baking mess.. seriously am so bad at it!! And those cupcakes look delicious xx

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