Monday, 9 January 2017

Vanilla Cupcakes // Tanya Burr

Andrew and I love to bake and this has most definitely been fuelled by our love for The Great British Bake Off, when we found out it was moving and everyone was leaving, we went into mourning! So, so, so sad. 

Anyway, because of our love for baking we decided a few months ago that we would love to get ourself a kitchenaid, so just before Christmas we treated ourselves to the most gorgeous Pistachio Kitcheaid and its the best thing, ever. 

So as you can imagine this beauty has made us bake and eat cake so much more and when I recieved the Tanya Bakes book for Christmas this Kitchenaid has been used NON STOP. 


One recipe we have loved is the Vanilla Star - Sprinkled Cupcakes which you can find on page 79 in her book. We mixed it up a little bit as we didnt have enough star related decoration so we checked out our chocolate stash and found a chocolate orange. I think it is essential that we all have a good basic cupcake recipe and this one is spot on, it means you can be creative with toppings and you don't have to stick to what she has said, although the stars do look super cute.

Making these has highlighted one thing to me, I need to work on my piping skills. I need to work on those skills some how.

W H A T   Y O U   N E E D
CAKES
50g Unsalted Butter
180g Caster Sugar
1 Egg
1tsp Vanilla Extract
160g Plain Flour
2tsp Baking Powder
160ml Milk

ICING
500g Icing Sugar
250g Unsalted Butter
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract 
Sprinkles, Chocolate other yummys to decorate

W H A T   Y O U   N E E D   T O   D O
*Heat up the oven to 180 degrees and pop some cake papers into a cake tin. 
*Mix the butter and sugar together in a bowl until fluffy.
*Add the egg and vanilla and mix it all up again. 
*Fold in the flour and baking powder.
*Add the milk slowly until the mixture is like a batter. 
*Spoon the mixture into the cake papers, I always find it easy to use a icecream scoop, it helps to make sure all cakes are even too. 
*Pop the beauties into the oven for 15 - 20 minutes until they are golden on top. 
*To make the icing throw in the icing sugar, butter and vanilla extract into a bowl and mix it up. 
*Spoon or pipe (this is the bit I need to work on) onto the cakes and decorate with all your yummys you have gathered.
*Pour yourself a hot drink, grab a book and a comfy blanket and sit back and enjoy. 


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Enjoy the cake and let me know if you make them. 

Love Leeny
xxx

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