Saturday, 4 August 2012

Happy Anniversary!

Well today it is my 11th wedding anniversary so I am looking forward to my date night with Dave - Yo Sushi then Batman at the cinema - lovely!

To celebrate I am running a competition to win a brand new piece of stoneware from our Autumn/Winter collection worth £45 - check it out here!

I started the celebrations last night with a Cupcake Show at my house. Lots of lovely friends and family came over and made some spectacular cupcakes! We all had a great time! Below is the Vanilla Cupcake recipe we used - the frosting it SO light and fluffy - gorgeous! Icing cupcakes is so easy with our Easy Accent Decorator. I love it and it really is easy to use!

Vanilla Cupcakes
120g Butter or Stork
120g Caster Sugar
120g Self Raising Flour
2 Large Eggs
2 tbsp Plain Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Vanilla Extract

* Line a muffin tin with muffin cases
* Pre-heat the oven to 160c / Gas Mark 3
* Mix together the butter and sugar
* Now add the eggs one at a time to the butter mix whilst also incorporating the flours
* Add the vanilla extract and mix
* Finally add the baking powder and gently mix in, being careful not to over beat the mixture
* Pipe or scoop the mixture evenly into the cases
* Place in the oven for 18-20 minutes
* To ensure they are cooked, use a skewer such as a cocktail stick in the centre of the cupcake. If this comes out clean, they are cooked
* Cool completely before frosting.

Vanilla Butter Cream
250g Unsalted Butter
500g Icing Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract

* Ensure your butter is at room temperature
* Mix the butter and the icing sugar together preferably in a mixer by adding spoonful’s at a time until the butter has absorbed the sugar
* Add the vanilla extract
* Mix in a mixer on a steady speed until fluffy (at least 5 mins)
* If your butter cream is too solid, add a couple of tablespoons of milk
* Slather or pipe onto your cooled cupcakes

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