Cupcakes are all the rage at the moment. Intricately decorated cupcakes are piled high on stands instead of having the traditional wedding cake. Birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions can all be celebrated in style if you buy themed cupcake cases and stands. But the ultimate luxury has to be the hand crafted cupcake decorations that you can buy, you can top your cupcake with anything from a Peppa Pig sugar decoration to a pink wafer daisy. The humble cupcake has been elevated to great heights, at last it has been recognised for what it is, a versatile small cake that can grace any table for almost any occasion.
To make 12 – 14 large cupcakes you will need:
6 ounces / 168 gms of butter or soft margarine,
6 ounces / 168 gms of caster sugar,
6 ounces / 168 gms self raising flour,
3 large eggs.
Let the eggs sit on the counter until they reach room temperature.
Pre-heat the oven to 180C / 350F / Gas mark 4.
Put your muffin or bun tins on the counter and fill them with cake cases.
Take a good sized mixing bowl and put both the butter and the sugar into the bowl together.
Take a wooden spoon and blend the sugar into the butter. Once the butter and the sugar have blended then use the spoon to beat the mixture until it becomes soft, pale and creamy.
Break one egg into a cup and add it to the creamed butter and sugar mixture.
Each time you add an egg make sure that you beat the mixture well to inject plenty of air into it.
When you have added all three eggs the mixture will be ready for the flour to be added.
Tip the flour into the bowl and fold the flour into the mixture carefully.
The cupcake mixture is now ready to spoon out into the cases.
Do not overfill the cupcake cases, fill them halfway and no more or the mixture will overflow when the cupcakes begin to cook. Place the trays into the pre-heated oven for about 15 minutes. Once the cupcakes are in and cooking try not to open the oven door or the cupcakes may not rise as well. Usually the smell of cooked cupcakes is enough to tell you that they are ready to come out of the oven. Once the cakes have cooled then put them onto the counter so that they are ready to be decorated. The adults may love a sophisticated chocolate cupcake or one that is covered with Pistachio and apple frosting but the younger members of the family will be delighted to see icing or frosting topped with chocolate buttons or candy.
If you would like to give the cupcakes as a gift then you can buy some wonderful cupcake presentation boxes.