Cupcake, Sweet

A different kind of bun in the oven

Recently I have been struggling to bake due to feeling very tired and sick.  Usually I do my baking in the evening after work as a way of relaxing but I have been having difficulty keeping awake long enough to do any baking.

The reason for this is because me and my husband are expecting our first child and after our scan it now feels a good time to announce it.  Our little baby will be due in October!

To celebrate both getting my energy back as I move into the 2nd trimester and also having a successful scan I have baked some simple cupcakes for my work colleagues in pink and blue.  I thought it might be a bit of fun as you can make your guess by choosing which cake you like.

This recipe for cupcakes is the one I use all of the time as it makes a lovely soft, fluffy vanilla cupcake which is a base for any decoration you want.

Girl or boy? Vanilla cupcake recipe

6oz butter/margarine
6oz Sugar
7.5oz Self raising flour
3 medium eggs
1 tsp Vanilla essence

For the buttercream
Mix some butter or margarine with lots of icing sugar and a little vanilla essence. Beat until it is light and fluffy. There isn’t an exact recipe as it will always taste nice. Keep beating in more icing sugar till you get the taste you like.

Pre-heat the oven to Gas 4 or 160c

Line a cake tin with 12 large cupcake cases (in the UK use muffin cases)
In a bowl mix the butter and sugar together until the mix is light and fluffy and changes to a pale colour.
Add 2 tablespoons of flour and 1 egg and mix in. Then do the same with the other 2 eggs and flour.
When all of the flour and eggs have been combined mix in the vanilla essence.
Divide the mix between the 12 cases equally and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Make sure you don’t open the oven door to have a look till at least 20 minutes have passed.
Test to see if the cakes are done. They should bounce back when you press gently on the top or if a skewer comes out clean.

When they have cooled on a rack, decorate with a generous amount of buttercream and decorate however you fancy. For mine I used some glitter writing icing and sprinkled with coloured sugar.

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