Sunday, April 27, 2008

The Perfect Cupcakes

Kath - Sorry didn't get around to Pear Upside down
Cupcakes - trendy sugar filled bite sized goodness, decadent and luxurious treats. Except when I bake them. Theyre always dry over sweet, not sweet enough. (I'm having a dad moment!) So on the Anzac Long Weekend, I spent the time perfecting a cupcake recipe.

Basic Vanilla Cupcakes
125g Butter, room temp, chopped
2/3 caster sugar + a bit more for luck
1tb vanilla extract ( you ARE making vanilla cupcakes here!!)
2 eggs room temp
1 3/4 cup of self raising flour
2/3 cup of light milk
1-2 tbs olive oil
  1. Beat the sugar and butter until light in colour and creamy, rub a it of it between your fingers, you shouldn't feel any graininess. (resist licking at this stage)
  2. Add 1 tbs vanilla sugar beat that in too (resist the urge to lick)
  3. Add the eggs in one at a time and beat those in too
  4. watch the mixture, if its beginning to split, pop it in the fridge for a little bit, then beat again.
  5. Sift the flour and fold into the batter with the milk in turns i.e. Flour / Milk / Flour / Milk / Flour. always start with flour end with flour. (god know why)
  6. Scoop or pipe into patty cases in the muffin tray.
  7. Bake in fan force oven for 125 Degrees Celsius at 17mins
  8. Skewer to test doneness then pull out of the oven. after 5 mins turn out onto cooling rack. Wait till cool before icing.
Lessons I have learnt:
  • Add olive oil.
  • Always pipe the mixture in. Spooning is messy and results in uneven cupcakes.
  • Lower temperature - better cooking slowly, than fast and hot
  • Reduce Time - check constantly.
  • Use the Fridge, - cooling the mixture seems to help.
  • Strain out the orange zest before piping the chocolate zigzags
  • Chocolate Icing is messy stuff
  • Pandan Cupcake Tray needs heavy greasing. Otherwise all you're left with is muffin tops

Ed and Steph are all sugared out. Now i have to try them out on work colleagues

1 comment:

Kathleen said...

lol! pity about the moulds not working out! it's strange, but i think the cupcakes we made tasted better the next day.

i also got inspired by your pea & ham soup and made some over the weekend - talk about tasty and filling. even gave dicko & lucy some and they loved it!