Thursday, August 5, 2010
I am always baking every Thursday lately. Mostly cause my hubby is working, up north, away from home. He comes home every Friday night, so I like to make his favourite food and sweets for his arrival home. I really love spoiling him, but I hope he realises that once we find a house up there, there are not going to be as many sweet Thursday's!
I am still trying to master the art of piping icing, they look terrible! My good friend Miss S, sent me a little piping set, with bags, nozzles, and instructions. I am still hopeless, but they taste great though! My hubby always thinks I put too much icing! The one thing we argue about. But I never see him scrapping it off! He eats cupcakes so quickly, blink and you'll miss it quick, so what's he complaining about. There are two things when making cupcakes you can never have too much of, 1. vanilla and 2. icing!!
I used a Donna Hay recipe for a basic vanilla cupcake, then added coffee to the mix. I have to say I am not usually successful with Donna Hay recipes, but these turned out very well, and they are super easy. I topped them with a simple vanilla butter cream frosting, then dusted them with chocolate.
125 grams softened butter
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2/3 cup caster sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon coffee granules mixed with just enough water to dissolve
100 grams butter softened
2 1/2 cups icing sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 180C. Then place everything for the cake batter, into a bowl and beat for about 4 minutes. Fill cupcake patties 3/4 full and bake for 20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
Mix the icing ingredients with a spoon, then ice cooled cupcakes, and dust with chocolate powder.