What is a birthday without a cake? For our first birthday, because we are still babies, we made mini cakes in cups – cupcakes!
The both of us gathered at my place to make these and yes, we made them by hand. Starting off with the creaming of butter and sugar, which took a pretty long time as we did make two batches, and then adding the rest of the ingredients in. This is a pretty basic recipe and something that I think everyone who is interested in baking should have at the top of their minds. It’s super versatile and you can add practically anything to it – from chocolate, to plain vanilla essence or even cream cheese (really good, you should try it) or if you’re adventurous, bacon.
We decided to go for plain ones as we were going to add the chocolate icing on top to decorate with the M&Ms! We initially wanted the mini M&Ms and we thought we bought the correct ones, but it turned out that they were the normal sized ones.
We decorated it with our names, not sure of you can see them but I hope you can make it what it is! Kinda cute, don’t cha think?
The cupcakes turned out great – light and fluffy, a little buttery and not overly sweet too. We took note to cut down on sugar because of the icing. Although we both agreed that the icing was a tad too sweet for the both of us and we had to add more chocolate to kind of lessen the sweetness a bit.
Here’s the recipe, try it out when you can!
Cakes in Cups – The basics and a chocolate icing
Makes 12 cupcakes
110g butter, softened
80g caster sugar
110g self-raising flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
For the icing
115g butter, at room temperature
3 cups icing sugar
1/2 cup whole milk
2/3 cups semisweet chocolate
1. Pre-heat oven at 180ºC
2. Cream the softened butter and sugar with an electric whisk or wooden spoon until pale and smooth.
3. Mix in the eggs a bit at a time until incorporated, then add in the vanilla extract.
4. Sift in the flour, salt and baking soda into the mixture and fold gently until well combined. If you find the mixture too thick, add in a few drops of milk until dropping consistency.
5. Spoon in mixture into your cupcake cases and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until golden-brown and the skewer comes out clean when inserted into one of the cakes.
6. Cool on cooling rack.
7. For the icing, beat the butter using an electric hand mixer until light and smooth. Beat in the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth and creamy.
8. Melt the chocolate either in the microwave in 30 second intervals, or using a bain marie, which is simply placing the chocolates in a bowl and placing the bowl on top of simmering water (take note not to let the water touch the chocolate bowl!)
9. Add the now melted chocolate into the butter mix and stir until well mixed.
10. You can now decorate your cupcakes with the icing and then top it off with some sprinkles or M&Ms like us!
And there you have it! Cakes in cups for our very first birthday! To end it off, here is a photo of the ever wonderful Stefith posing with the cupcakes. Yay! 😀