Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Baking cupcakes with Elizabeth

Friends and family will know that I'm not much of a baker - that's my sister Emma's department (and she's fab at it!) I can follow a recipe, provided it's simple, but I lack that special something that's needed to make the finished product edible great. In the past, cookies have fallen apart, cakes haven't risen and cupcakes have got burnt.

So it'll probably shock everyone that I chose to do some baking yesterday with Elizabeth. It's something that I've been talking about doing for a while and in fact we did try and make some pancakes together for pancake day (which very much ended in disaster. Put these things together and you'll probably work out why: hard floor, falling, screaming, crying). So yesterday morning I just decided we were going to bake some cupcakes. It wasn't planned. At all. But it turned out great! Here's how it went...

Ingredients:
115g self-raising flour
115g caster sugar
115g room temperature butter
2 eggs

Instructions:
Pre heat oven to 150 degrees.  Put all ingredients into a bowl and mix together.  Slop it into cases before putting in the oven for about 15 minutes.  Use icing sugar and a little water to make the topping and add food colouring if you like.  Top tip - you only need a little bit of water.  Pouring loads in is definitely not a good idea.  Drizzle the icing over the cakes and try desperately to keep it there.  All that extra water I talked about causes the icing to run off the top of the cakes as fast as possible.  This can get very messy, very quick.  Et voila!  Congratulations, you survived making cupcakes with your toddler :)












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