Baby Girl Cupcakes

5 Apr

There’s nothing nicer than a new-born baby, all soft and pink and cuddly. It’s been so long since my “babies” could be desvcribed as soft or pink  – although they are extremely good at hugs and cuddles – that I was overjoyed when my lovely friend Kathryn produced her first-born just two weeks ago. I couldn’t wait to visit, to snuggle up to her little one and smell that lovely baby smell! And of course, a visit to a new mum requires tea and cake, or on this occasion, Baby Girl Cupcakes. An excuse to crack open all the pink stuff in my baking cupboard.

This is a really versatile cupcake recipe. I kept to the plain and simple vanilla variety and tarted it up with lots of pink icing and sprinklies as well as a little surprise which makes everyone who takes a bite go, “Ooh! Yum! What’s that?”

“That” is a teaspoonfiul of strawberry jam on top of each cake, snuggled under the icing. Try it – it’s brilliant 🙂

Baby Girl Cupcakes

INGREDIENTS

100 g softened butter
100 g golden caster sugar
100 g self raising flour
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
100 ml milk

You’ll need paper cases – this mixtures makes about 14 cupcakes
Line acouple of bun tins with paper cases. Preheat the oven to 180 C

METHOD

  1. Place all the ingredeients in a large bowl and beat well either with an electric mixer or by hand. If the butter is soft this shouldn’t take long.
  2. When it’s nice and smooth and creamy drop spoonfuls into the paper cases. Don’t fill them – about 2/3 full is sufficient.
  3. Bake in the middle of the oven until golden and risen and springy – about 18 – 20 minutes.
  4. Leave to cool on a wire rack while you make the icing.

ICING INGREDIENTS

300 g icing sugar
150 g well softened butter
a few drops pink food colouring
sprinkles, edible glitter, whatever you fancy

Some strawberry jam

METHOD 

  1. Beat the icing sugar and butter together.
  2. Add a couple of drops of food colouring until you get a colour you like.
  3. Place a teaspoon-full of strawberry jam in a little blob on top of each cupcake.
  4. Fill a piping bag or syringe-style icing tube with the icing and pipe swirls to cover the jammy blobs.
  5. Now go mad with sprinkles 🙂
  6. Enjoy with a cup of tea and lots of new-baby cuddles.

Baby Girl Cupcakes

Ring the changes with these super-simple cupcakes.

  • Instead of 100 ml milk use 100 ml boiling water with 2 teaspoons instant coffee dissolved in it for coffee cupcakes. Top with walnuts.
  • Remove 1 tablespoon of flour from the 100g and replace with 1 tablespoon cocoa for chocolate cupcakes. Add cocoa to the icing too.
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