How to Make Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Icing



How to make Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Icing

My next two blog posts are definitely going to be a hop, skip and a jump out of my comfort zone. Today I spent five hours cooking and baking try new recipes. Something I haven’t done in a very long time. Whilst I was making my first batch of cupcakes it occurred to me that this would make a great blog post! 

So I went about setting my camera up to record myself baking. 

Top Tip: Never leave your camera in the car over night! Condensation is a bloody nightmare!
After putting my camera in the airing cupboard to dry out I made my Vanilla Cupcakes with Pink & White Vanilla Icing!

Ingredients

Cake Mixture
100g Flour
100g Unsalted Butter
100g Sugar
2 Eggs
Vanilla Extract


Buttercream Icing
100g Unsalted Butter
150g Icing Sugar
1-2tbsp Milk
Food Colouring (optional)

1.      Start off by preheating your oven to 190oC, gas mark 5.
2.    Then put your cake cases onto your baking try.
3.    Next we are going to weigh 100g of butter and 100g of sugar. 
4.   Add both of these to a large mixing bowl.
5.     Cut the butter into small pieces as this will make it a lot easier to mix. Also the butter should be at room temperature so it is nice and soft!
6.     Then, using an electric mixer whisk the two ingredients for about 5-7 minutes. Until it is light and fluffy. It should also be pale in colour. 
 7.     Next, weigh 100g of Self-Raising flour I like to use McDougalls Extreme Sponge flour! 
8.    Add 2 cracked eggs to the mixture along with 2 tablespoons of the flour.
9.     Whisk thoroughly together.
10.  Add two drops of vanilla extract.
 11.  Then sift the rest of the flour into the mixture.
12. Fold the flour in using a metal spoon. You should draw a figure of 8 to do so.
13.Then, divide the mixture into the cupcake cases.
14.Place into the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes. They should be slightly browned on top and springy!


To make the icing Sugar

1.      Weigh 100g of Unsalted butter. 
2.    You then need to whisk this for 10 minutes. This is the most important step as it will make the butter very pale, almost white, and also very thick.  
3.    You will then need to add a small amount of icing sugar at a time. Generally I do not weigh the icing sugar as it really comes down to judgement. 
4.   Once you are halfway through you can then add any food colouring you like.
 5.     Then place the mixture into a piping bag and pipe your cupcakes! 


And that is all! I hope you enjoyed this blog post. It was slightly different to my normal posts. I really enjoyed making these cupcakes, even if the icing part was particularly difficult, but practise makes perfect!

Check out the videos below where I show you how to make the cupcakes! Also they were my first ever Youtube videos, so if you could take a look that would be great! 



Part two video coming soon!

Thanks for Reading & Watching
ShannonKims

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