Monday, 11 October 2010

Sweet dreams are made of this

Following on from a really rather, over-suprisingly-so, excitable response from my Love is Rocky Road post, where I took you lovelies step by step through how to create my scrumptious treats, I thought I would recreate a similar post dedicated to my cupcakes.
I receive a multitude of questions, comments and emails every week regarding my cupcakes, and however much I don't mind answering any queries individually, I thought it would be a super idea to demonstrate how I personally create them from beginning to end!
This recipe and method is just how I like to bake my cupcakes, but it is open to interpretation and you can always adapt it accordingly.
So step 1 is to don your piny and gather your ingredients and apparatus!

For 12-14 cupcakes you will need:
4oz caster sugar
4oz butter
capful of vanilla extract
2 large eggs (free-range are the nicest and happiest!)
6oz self-raising flour
Some scales...preferably pink!


Firstly add the butter and sugar together in a bowl (or mixer machine) and whizz together, or go all old-school and get your wooden spoon out. You want your butter to be room temperature and nice and squidgy, otherwise it will take you a lifetime to mix...



Once the mixture begins to combine, add a capful of the vanilla extract and continue to beat until the amalgamation is really soft and fluffy.



This is probably the most important stage of the creating, as failure to have the butter and sugar whipped together into a fluffy mess will result in your cakes being a bit heavy and lacking that sponge-like texture.


Now you now need to reach for your eggs and add them to the blend.




Followed by a fairy light dusting of the self-raising flour.



Then take you whizzing device and combine these final last additions until you concoction has reached a smooth, light and creamy consistency. Unlike when combining the butter and sugar at the beginning, you do not want to overwork the mixture at this stage, so stop the moment everything is mixed together sufficiently.



Now we are are ready to select our cupcake cases and transfer the mixture. 
Eeany meany miney mo...







I  opted for an assortment of plain muffin cases and some pretty silver cases. All cases are available from online baking stockists and places on the high-street such as Lakeland.


I like to pipe the mixture into the cases as I find it is much easier, less time-consuming and creates perfect uniformity, but you can just dollop the mixture in to the cases however you so desire.


The cakes require 10-15 minutes in the oven at 180 degrees, but I do advise to keep your eye on them as these cheeky little cakes can cook at varying speeds depending how big they are. When you think they are done, take them out the oven and spear them with a knife to ensure they are baked all the way through and there isn't any uncooked mixture left on your knife.
Now it is time to let them cool whilst you prepare the buttercream and round-up all the sparkly adornments for the topping of your cupcakes.

For the buttercream/frosting, you will need:
8oz butter
160z icing sugar

This will happily cover 14+ cupcakes, depending how generous you are being with the buttercream. But as a rule, however much butter you use, you always need double the quantity of icing sugar.
Once again, ensure the butter is super soft and pliable, and add the icing sugar in bit by bit, otherwise it will just poof everywhere the moment you start mixing.



With some patience and a delicate touch, you soon will be faced with a beautiful light, sweet buttercream, all ready for piping onto your cupcakes. Do make sure they have cooled sufficiently though, otherwise your buttercream will just melt and slop off!
Obviously if you fancied chocolate buttercream, or a buttercream of a certain hue, then you would just add the cocoa or colouring at the final stage.

I have amassed a plethora of piping nozzles and other cake-based utensils since my fascination with cupcakes began, but if you are just starting out, I would suggest punting for a star-shaped nozzle to create the perfect swirls on your cakes.




Again, the decorations for the top of your cakes are pretty, sparkly and extensive. I purchase most of mine from a local market near me, but they are accessible online and from most supermarkets. So just have fun and play about with an assortment of adornments!

Now it's time to pipe!
Piping the perfect swirl on your cupcake will take time and practice. The key to being able to achieve the ultimate cupcake crown is to ensure the buttercream is really soft, almost of a Mr Whippy ice cream quality. If the mixture is too stiff, the swirl will fail.
If you need to soften your buttercream, you could add a drizzle of milk to loosen it.

With your piping bag brimming with buttercream, use one hand to pipe and the other to hold the cake still. Start at the edge of the cake and swirl inwards in circles until you reach a peak in the middle.
Et voila! 
Now the fun can begin and you can start to prettify your cupcakes with a whatever glittery delights take your fancy.






So there we go my little sugar lumps.
I do hope this post has been of some assistance if you are embarking on a cupcake crusade, or if not, I might have just charmed you a little with some delectable delights.

63 comments:

Lauren Ellingham said...

They look ....TOO DIE FOR!

Superficialgirl said...

Why do you tempt us like this!! lol they look wayyyyy to good!

birminghamlady said...

send me some, send me, send me! :)

http://bhamlady.blogspot.com/

Jessica said...

Your cupcakes always look amazing!
It's a shame i'm a complete disaster in the kitchen or i'd try make some
xo

Lauren said...

Ahhhhh Milly I'm so glad you did this post :) I love your baking posts. Although they make me want to give into the screen and gobble them all up! Haha :)

xox

Zaza said...

Mmmmm!

I wana try one of those choco ones :)

Zahra xx

Hannah said...

Thank you so much for this post - I've been wanting to get back into baking after seeing all your goorgeous cupcakes and this has helped a lot :) (It's also made me rather hungry - they look AMAZING) Fab post xx

rubyredslippers said...

They look amazing! you make it look so easy, I will definetely give this one to my mum to help me with xx

Bows and Butterflies said...

they look so yummy

Hayley said...

Milly you have done it again =) you have inspired me to bake (once i move into my new house that is) thank you thank you thank you =) they look scrummy yummy =)

x

Amy said...

you did an amazing job! they look gorgeoussss =)

Amy
http://www.amy-couture.com

Primp and Preen said...

Thanks for that post, I'll have to get round to trying these at some point.

Caz said...

Love this post, they look so tasty!
xxx

Katie said...

They look amazing! Thanks for the recipe :)

xxx

www.xo-Katie-xo.blogspot.com

Irene ♥ said...

yummy!makes me want to eat just cupcakes for the week!which i probs will end up doing aha:)
x

Jade said...

OMG your scales, your icing nozzles, your sprinkles!!! AMAAAZING

http://jadefungblog.blogspot.com

Happy1234 said...

Oh those look blooming lovely!! I think you need to send us all one now for teasing us.

mw said...

omg - seriously this looks sooo damn yummy ! hmmm <3

Steph0188 said...

So I don't think I've really said this a lot in my life- but you have made me want to bake :)
hehe!
I am going to try this- yes try! Even making a basic sponge look/taste half decent is a chore for me, but I will try my hardest & see what I come up with.
I got excited by the post! You know how much I love your cupcake talent, but really it's a great thing to have & you should be proud of your little creations

x

Hayles said...

These look gorgeous :)

Kat-Face said...

ooooh lovely! they look so yummi! nomnomnom!!!

Nic said...

Ahh they look so nice!
xx

Ess-Jay24 said...

These look so yummy, i've started baking more since reading your rocky road post, thank you for this one, will help me a lot!
xx

Teacups and Buttondrops said...

Wow - think i'm going to have to try this :)

http://teacupsandbuttondrops.blogspot.com

Michelle said...

Oh this post is not going to be good for my waistline Milly ;) Me and the girls have got planned a HUGE baking weekend, so I'm favouriting this post ;) How adorable are your cupcake cases?! xxxxxxx

Natalie said...

AGHH!!! I love this post - i've been going on for ages and ages about how i'm going to get into baking and looking at your beautiful cakes and special adornments etc has really got me jealous. i'm soooo gonna copy lol.

xx

♥ Starryxuan said...

ohhh! they look so yummy!

ELLI DUVOLLE said...

they look scrumptious!! ( :

Sarah said...

they look soooo good!
it's 9:00am and i'm craving a cupcake lol xx

Kelly said...

Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!
Gorgeous.
I lvoe baking so will be trying out your tips. Thanks!
xx

Steph xox said...

mmm tasty!!!!

I want one haha

Nic's Notebook said...

Oh brill! I tried piping icing before but ut didn't work too well, so will def follow your tips!! Love your pink scales, and all the decorations you have for your cakes!

Adeline said...

i.am.speechless.
they just look SO.DAMN.AMAZING!

MissisG said...

Love it! Thank you for posting this...I don't often do the buttercream bit because my kids hate it - wierdos!! :)x

Sami said...

Thank you for this post Milly... I've always wondered how you made your cupcakes! So sweet of you to share with us :) xx

Marisa said...

you do them so perfectly... looks yummyy!

Alex said...

Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing, I will most certainly be making some of these lovelies for my not so baby girls forth birthday in January, I may even treat hubby to some choccy ones for his birthday xx

jollybeachang said...

Fantastic post!!!!! They look amazing!

Angela xoxo
Enter my give away @ jollybeachang.blogspot.com

Tanya Burr said...

Such a lovely post you talented lady! More of these please :) x

Jess said...

Wow they look amazing! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this!! x

Vicky said...

Stunning pictures and the cupcakes looks amazing! It's my besties birthday this weekend so I'll be taking some inspiration from your pics to bake her some sweet treats! xoxo

YASMINE said...

Girl!!! a big thanku 4 taking the time to do this, what a sweetheart seriously. Your pics are so pretty & it seems so simple, makes me wanna try it too!

The Fashion Teller said...

Soooo tasty and adorable!
Bake me some ;)

Clever Milly xxxxx

kirstyb said...

these all look so amazing - im beyond obsessed with cupcakes xxxx

Hannah. said...

this is such a helpful post, thankyou milly!
how AMAZING are your cupcakes?!
xxx

nicoletta said...

Wow what gorgeous looking cupcakes thanks so much for this. You've made me starving xx

hebeflora said...

YAY I always get the icing consistency wrong! Brilliant :) thank you Milly! x

amanda said...

oh. my. goodness. those look amaaazzzinng. i also had to laugh because my husband and i made 22 dozen cupcakes for our wedding reception a few weeks ago and the photos of making the cupcakes and frosting look all too familiar now! actually just posted about it yesterday http://pinkisahappycolor.blogspot.com/ - do you ever get to the point where you don't ever want to make another cupcake again then wake up the next morning changing your mind? ;)

*Onna's Little Blog* said...

wow these looks amazing!! You are so creative milly :) I think after a start hitting the gym again I might have to treat myself to a cupcake baking session xxx

*Peonies and lilies* said...

Thanks so much for sharing your receipe! I've always admired and drooled over your cupcake pictures so going to have a go at making some myself this weekend :) x

Lauren ♥ said...

Thank you so much for this! Like many others, you have inspired me to bake! wish me luck, yours look so pretty, not to mention totally yummy xxx

BambiBex said...

Yummy! Your pink scales are fab!

♥Becky♥

Miss*Kimmy said...

NUMMERS, YUMMERS, YUMMERS!!!!

'Nuff said!!!

Amelia-x said...

They all look lovely!!!

what kind of icer do you use?! I've been trying to find the best one for a long time! xx

Sarah♥ said...

You gave me inspiration to make some of my own cupcakes, but they look nowhere near as good as yours!

Have a look at mine:

http://beautyfromtheinside-0.blogspot.com/2010/10/halloween-cupcakes.html

Rachel said...

Thanks so much for this recipe & instructions! I decided to bake some cupcakes today, and despite my Dad exclaiming 'ohh rock cakes...havent had these for years!' I think my 1st attempt didnt go too badly :o)

Think I might invest in a piping bag & nozzle though!

Happy Christmas! x

Beatrice said...

My goodness, the buttercream is perfect. I'm hungry now.

Your Lady. said...

What butter do you find best for the icing? i just dont seem to get the taste right and mine taste to buttery! also what size and brand is your nozzle? I have loads bt not to sure lol

yourladyx.blogspot.com x

Milly said...

@your lady - hi! thank you for your comment. I just use any type of butter, it shouldn't make a difference to the taste. If they taste too buttery, you need to add more icing sugar.
The nozzles I use are from Lakeland - xx

Trixi said...

Love your scales!
Where did you get them?
Can´t find something like yours in Germany. :(

Greetings

Trixi

Milly said...

@Trixi hi there. i am afraid they were a presents so am unsure where they came from. but a lot of department stores and homeware shops sell coloured scales so hopefully you will be able to track some down x

KS said...

These look too good to eat

Sunshine_Sarah said...

OMG!!!!!!!!! They look amazing!!!! I thought I was some sort of domestic godess but nothing compared to you!!! :O Those decorations.... :O WOW!!! I'm am in awe! I would LOVE to come and play in your kitchen....I'd have SSOO much fun!! HAHA!!!! :P xoxo

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