First off, I think it's really important to have a good recipe for cupcakes. You can put what you like on the top, but if the cake itself isn't up to scratch it's going to be a bit depressing. I always use the same recipe for my cupcakes, and it's an adaptation from a Delia recipe.It's quick and simple, makes 12, and they are always deliciously soft and sweet and airy. Unless you forget the baking powder, which I of course have never done *ahem*.
90g self raising flour
90g very soft butter (or margerine)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1tsp vanilla essence
- Preheat the oven to 170c and place cake cases into a bun tray
- Put all the ingredients into a bowl and mix using an electric mixer
- Spoon into baking cases
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden
- Cool on a wire rack
As I said, a piece of cake. Literally. If you follow this, you should end up with 12 cakes which look something like the picture below (don't know what's happened to that huge green one at the back, but bagsy it's mine!).
To make them into super summer cupcakes (and because I happened to have a tray of mixed berries in my fridge) I swirled on some buttercream and topped them off with halved strawberries or a few blueberries like so...
Perfect for a summer picnic or afternoon treat, if only someone would make me a cup of tea to go with it!