Birthday Treats

It is a friend’s birthday tomorrow, so I had to bake a few sweet treats!

Vanilla Cakes

Here are my simple but very cute (even if I do say so myself) vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream and a dash of edible glitter and some colourful sugar baubles. Here is the recipe!

Cake batter

110g softened unsalted butter

110g caster sugar

2 large eggs

2 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

110g self-raising flour, sifted

1 teaspoon baking powder

 

Icing

60g unsalted butter

300g icing sugar – sieved

 1 tablespoon milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

To decorate

coloured sugar baubles and edible glitter

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/170°C/gas mark 5 and fill a 12-hole muffin tray with paper muffin cases.
  2. Cream the butter and caster sugar together until pale and fluffy, then add the eggs one at a time, mixing well. Add the milk and vanilla extract and mix well.
  3. Sift the flour and baking powder and add to the mixture a third at a time, mixing well to ensure that all the dry and wet ingredients are combined.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the prepared muffin tray, filling the paper cases about two-thirds full. Place in the centre of the oven and bake for about 20–25 minutes, until the cakes are golden brown, springy to touch, or a skewer comes out clean.
  5. Place the cakes to cool on a wire rack.
  6. While they are cooling, make the vanilla buttercream icing. Place the softened butter in a large bowl and whip it up, using an electric hand mixer. Add the icing sugar a bit at a time and cream it together with the butter. Add the milk and vanilla extract and mix well until you are left with a smooth, thick creamy icing.
  7. When the cakes have cooled completely, pipe or spread the icing on top and decorate as you wish.

The second treat is some gingerbread – people and some hearts.

I used the brilliant recipe from the Peyton & Byrne British Baking book published by Square Peg and I just added my own pink vanilla icing to decorate. Here is a link to the recipe on the Evening Standard’s website http://www.istandard.co.uk/pl/svt/si/evenstan/po/miguk/pa/sprecipe4

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