Sunday, 19 September 2010

Mini Vanilla Cupcakes with chocolate frosting

The next Cupcake I am tryng is a mini vanilla cupcake with chocolate frosting.

The recipe for the vanilla cupcake is from the 'Bake me I'm Yours...Cupcake' by Joan and Graham Belgrove.

You will Need:
  • 225g/1 cup slightly salted butter
  • 225g/ 1 cup caster sugar
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 225g/1 cup self-raising flower
  • 5ml/ 1 tsp natural vanilla extract.
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 175c/347f/Gas 4. Places cases in cupcake trays.
  2. Put sugar, then flour sieved, then chopped up butter and vanilla in a food mixer with paddle attachment or a hand held electric mixer. Beat on a medium-high speed until well combined.
  3. Add the eggs one by one with mixer on slow speed.
  4. Spoon into cupcake cases. Place in the center of the oven for:
    1. 13-14 mins for mini cupcakes or until cake springs back to the touch.(A skewer will come out clean)
    2. 18-20 for normal cupcakes or until cake springs back to the touch.(A skewer will come out clean)
  5. Turn out and cool on wire racks.
For the chocolate frosting, I used the chocolate frosting from the Hummingbird bakery book
You will need:
  • 300g/ 2 1/2 cups icing/confectioners sugar, sifted
  • 100g/6 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature.
  • 40g / 1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 3 tablespoons of whole milk
  1. Beat the sugar, butter and cocoa in a freestanding electric mixer with paddle attachment or an electric hand mixer on a mdeium slow speed untilt he mixture comes together and is well mixed.
  2. Turn the mixer down to slow. Add the milk to the butter mixture a little at a time. once all the milk has been incorporated, turn the mixer up to high speed. beat until the frosting is light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. the longer the frosting is beaten, the fluffier and lighter it becomes.
Here are a few pictures of mine coming out of the oven and then frosted.

Full sized Vanilla Cupcakes, Just out of the oven

Mini Vanilla cupcakes, just out of the oven

Mini Vanilla and chocolate frosted Cupcakes

I left the mini cupcakes (24 of them plus 6 large) in the oven for the suggested time. However I found that they were a little over done when I took them out. I really need to invest in an oven thermometer! Funnily enough the day after, the cupcakes seemed to be much lighter and softer!

The chocolate frosting was lovely and creamy. I topped it off with a Cadbury's chocolate button and dusted with icing sugar.

I will try this recipe again, but take them out 2 minutes earlier.

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