Thursday, 25 March 2010

5-4-3-2-1.. Bake off!!!

This is my version of cupcakes, which I have found to reliably produce perfect cupcakes every time through a tireless process of elimination. The things I do for you! I'm inspired to post it because I bought some rather disappointing fairy cakes this morning at a coffee morning raising preschool funds... Eating cake is a big thing for me so this was a calamity. There are too many disappointing cakes out there; together we CAN make a difference ;0)

5oz softened butter or margarine
4oz self raising flour
3oz caster sugar
2 medium eggs at room temperature
1 level teaspoon baking powder
(see; 54321! Easy to remember)

You can replace 1/2oz of flour with cocoa powder for chocolate or add 1tsp of vanilla or almond extract to add extra flavour :0)

Preheat the oven to 150°C (yes I know it seems low, trust me I'm a proffessional)

Combine the butter/ margarine and sugar in a bowl until it looks light and creamy

Add the eggs, sift in the flour and baking powder and mix until just combined. It's better to have a little flour left than a stodgy, over mixed mixture.

Dollop the mixture into cake cases on a tray (I use silicone reusable ones) with a generous heaped teaspoonful of the batter in each so the case is half full; It should make 12-16 depending on case size. Bake in the middle of your oven for 20 minutes for SMALL cases (16 cakes) or 25 for larger cases (12 cakes : not muffin sized)

Cool on a cooling rack, add icing, melted chocolate or buttercream and TRY not to scoff the lot all at once :0)

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