Sunday Baking!

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Betty Crocker Baking set (RRP Β£7)

Just before me and my partner moved homes he bought me this Betty Crocker baking set from ASDA as he knows I absolutely adore cake, my cake obsession was 100 times worse when I was pregnant with Scarlett oops. So I have finally got round to using it today, which I took Scarlett into the kitchen to watch me. I used a basic vanilla cupcake recipe which is as follows:

Ingredients
110g/4oz butter or margarine, softened at room temperature
110g/4oz caster sugar
2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
110g/4oz self-raising flour
1-2 tbsp milk
For the buttercream icing
140g/5oz butter, softened
280g/10oz icing sugar
1-2 tbsp milk
a few drops food colouring
Preparation method
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases.
Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale. Beat in the eggs a little at a time and stir in the vanilla extract.
Fold in the flour using a large metal spoon, adding a little milk until the mixture is of a dropping consistency. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until they are half full.
Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until golden-brown on top and a skewer inserted into one of the cakes comes out clean. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack.
For the buttercream icing, beat the butter in a large bowl until soft. Add half the icing sugar and beat until smooth.
Then add the remaining icing sugar with one tablespoon of the milk, adding more milk if necessary, until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
Add the food colouring and mix until well combined.
Spoon the icing into a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe the icing using a spiralling motion onto the cup cakes in a large swirl.

I sat Scarlett in her highchair and talked her through the process of making the cupcakes while she devoured a whole banana! little monkey. I absolutely love baking especially eating the outcome afterwards though I never seem to have time to do it lately so I made sure that these were done today. My partner helped me with the icing, the set had already come with vanilla icing so I did not need to make the buttercream to the recipe provided above. I must say that these cupcakes were absolutely delicious and went down a treat with a cup of tea!

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