Lemon Iced Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

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I am baking all the time at the moment, its nice to have that back, my only problem is that I keep baking the same thing (mostly the flapjack from my last recipe) so I need to keep thinking up new things to try, in fact this week I have a very exciting bake for my daughters 4th birthday, it is something I have never tried before so I hope it works and I can share it here! But for now a recipe I am loving and has also been made several times over the past few weeks Vanilla Cupcakes with Lemon Icing and Sprinkles!

Ingredients

  • 140g of Butter
  • 140g of Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1tsp of Vanilla Essence
  • 130g of Flour
  • 10g of Baking Powder
  • 150g of Icing Sugar
  • 3 tbsp of Lemon Juice
  • Cold Water (2-3tbsp)
  • Sprinkles

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 170c
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla essence and whisk until smooth
  4. Gradually add the flour and baking powder whilst folding the mixture together gently
  5. Pour equally into 12 cupcake cases
  6. Bake for 14-16 minutes
  7. Allow to cool
  8. Once cool make the icing by sieving the icing sugar into the bowl
  9. Add the lemon juice and mix
  10. Then add the cold water little by little until you have a thick but smooth icing
  11. Ice the cupcakes and add the sprinkle
  12. Refridgerate for 15 minutes so the icing sets
  13. Enjoy!

These are delicious so I recommend them highly, they also look great for a party or gathering and last for a few days so basically there is no reason not to right?

Chantelle x

Old School Sponge Cake Recipe

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Wow, it has been a while hasn’t it? My youngest is now 17 months old and has begun settling in at nursery, here in Stockholm we aren’t in lockdown, so I have been finding a lot more time to bake and as I have been baking I have also been reminded how much I love it and how much joy it brings me which has also led me to revive the old blog. I have kept most of my recipes on here but have been trying to have a bit of an organise because this blog has been in constant use as my own personal recipe book. So before I blather on for too long, here it is my first recipe in a long time and something I am loving a lot: Old School Sponge Cake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 200g of Butter
  • 200g of White Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1tbsp of Vanilla Essence
  • 200g of Plain Flour
  • 1tsp of Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1tsp of Baking Powder
  • 250g of Icing Sugar
  • Lemon Juice
  • Cold Water
  • Sprinkles

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 170C (fan)
  2. Line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside
  3. Then begin by creaming the butter and sugar together
  4. Add the eggs and vanilla essence and combine
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients whilst continuing to whisk
  6. Whisk until smooth then pour into the baking tray
  7. Level the mixture and put into the oven for 20-25 minutes until baked through, I use the bounce back test for this
  8. Once baked, remove from the oven and leave to cool
  9. Whilst the cake is cooling you can make the icing
  10. Place the icing sugar into a bowl and add a few tablespoons for lemon juice and water, keep doing this whilst you stir until you have a thick, creamy and most importantly smooth icing
  11. Once the cake is cooled pour the icing on the top and let drizzle down the side, you can encourage this with a spoon if needed
  12. Then sprinkle away

What is the bounce test?

The best way to test if a sponge is cooked is to lightly press the top of it, if it immediately springs back then it is ready to bring out of the oven.

So there you have it, my first recipe in a while and one of our favourites, I actually use milk free butter in all of my baking now so you can also substitute this too if you also have a milk allergic toddler at home!

Chantelle x

 

 

Iced Cupcakes – Baking with Tabitha

Since moving to Stockholm, whilst being heavily pregnant, our social calender has not been what it once was so I have been looking for creative ways to keep Tabitha entertained and also feel like I am teaching her something in the process. So this week I decided that we should try to bake together, it is something that I thought she would like to get involved in, she loves getting her hands dirty, and I have missed since she came along so it just makes sense to incorporate the two. We had so much fun and it was surprisingly not stressful at all so I thought I would share it with you.

Ingredients

  • 100g of Butter
  • 100g of Sugar
  • 100g of Flour
  • 1teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • 2 Eggs
  • 130g of Icing Sugar
  • 6tablespoons of Water
  • Sprinkles (to decorate)

Method

  1. Start by preheating your oven to 200C (fan)
  2. Then cream the butter and sugar together in a bow, I started this bit before letting her take over as it requires some elbow grease
  3. Add the flour and baking powder and mix until crumbly
  4. Add the eggs and whisk until your batter is smooth, again here I finished this off so it was the right consistency
  5. Then pour your mixture into 12 cupcake cases
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes
  7. Once baked, remove and allow to cool
  8. Whilst the cupcakes are cooling you can make your icing by mixing the icing sugar and water
  9. Then spread evenly over your cupcakes
  10. Finally add the sprinkles and allow to set before eating!

They came out VERY flat, Tabitha clearly needs to develop her whisking technique, but they were still yummy, I mean come on, its cake and icing why wouldn’t it be yummy. It is definitely something that we will be doing together more often and I hope to share what we make with you.

Do you have any ideas or suggestions on what we can make/do?

Chantelle (and Tabitha) x