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

Vanilla Tray Bake with Lemon Frosting Recipe

A couple of weeks ago I promised my colleagues I would bake something over the weekend for Monday at work. Normally I limit it to Birthdays or special occasions, or I could be doing it everyday. But as it turns out after a relaxing Sunday I actually felt like baking. There was however one small problem… I had no cupcake cases! Generally I am not a fan of baking big cakes as they just never taste quite as good, this time however my hands were tied. So I decided that a tray bake may be more successful and would also go further at work! So looking through the ingredients I had in (not a lot) I went for a Vanilla Tray Bake with Lemon Frosting. Here is my recipe:

Ingredients

  • 350g of Butter
  • 200g of Sugar
  • 200g of Flour
  • 2 tbsp of Vanilla Essence
  • 1 tsp of Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 2 tsp of Baking Powder
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 tbsp of Lemon Essence
  • 150g of Icing Sugar
  • Hundreds and Thousands
Vanilla Tray Bake with Lemon Frosting

Vanilla Tray Bake with Lemon Frosting

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C (Fan Oven) and line the base of a deep tray with baking paper
  2. In a bowl sift the sugar and 200g of butter and cream until smooth
  3. Then sift in the flour, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder and mix until crumbly
  4. Then the eggs and vanilla essence and whisk until smooth
  5. Pour into your tray and allow it to settle evenly for a few minutes
  6. Once complete place into your preheated oven for between 25-30 minutes. You can check if the cake is ready by gently touching the top of one, if it springs back then you are good to go!
  7. Get the cake out and allow to cool
  8. Once cool you can prepare the frosting
  9. Place 150g of butter and the icing sugar into a bowl with the lemon essence and cream together until smooth
  10. Use this to decorate the top of your tray bake (it does not need to be neat, perfect right)
  11. Finally scatter your hundreds and thousands over the top
  12. Then enjoy!

I can actually say that I was really pleased with how well this Vanilla Tray Bake with Lemon Frosting came out. It smelt, looked and tasted great! Possibly my best improvised large cake to date! It is a recipe for every occasion as it onlz takes an hour or so to make and will easily give you 16 good sized portion. You could also be more experimental with the decoration if the feeling takes you!

Vanilla Sponge with Chocolate Orange Frosting

Last week it was one of my friends first birthday in Berlin, when you move to a different country this is always a slightly strange occasion and you usually miss out on the traditions from back home. So to celebrate I decided to invite her over for dinner and surprise her by making a birthday cake (with secretly trick candles)!  It didn’t take much to decide, I knew I had to make a cake with this frosting again so this week my recipe was Vanilla Sponge with Chocolate Orange Frosting;

Ingredients

  • 200g of Caster Sugar
  • 275g of Butter
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 200g of Flour
  • 1 tsp of Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp of Bicarbonate Soda
  • 1tbsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 75g of Icing Sugar
  • 25g of Cocoa Powder
  • Rind of Half an Orange
  • 3tsbp of Orange Juice

 

Vanilla Sponge with Chocolate Orange Frosting

Vanilla Sponge with Chocolate Orange Frosting

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 190C
  2. Mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and sugar in a bowl
  3. Mix in 200g of butter until crumbly
  4. Add the eggs and blend until mixture is smooth
  5. Add the tbsp of vanilla extract and stir in
  6. Pour the mixture evenly into 2 shallow cake tins and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes
  7. Once baked take them out of the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes
  8. Then remove from the cake tins and place on a wire cooling rack
  9. Allow to cool thoroughly before beginning the frosting
  10. Once cool, place 75g of butter, icing sugar, 25g of cocoa, 3tbsp of orange juice and the zest of half an orange in a bowl and mix together thoroughly until smooth
  11. Before frosting the cake I usually trim the top of the cakes to create a flatter surface for the look of the final cake
  12. Then using a palette knife spread 1/4 of the frosting on to the top of one of the cakes, once covered place the other cake upside down on top and push down lightly, so you have the flat base as a top
  13. Then use the rest of the frosting to smoothly cover the cake filling in any gaps between the 2 sponges
  14. Allow to set then serve

 

Cut into Vanilla Sponge with Chocolate Orange Frosting

Cut into Vanilla Sponge with Chocolate Orange Frosting

This cake was really delicious and I think it was appreciated by all of those who ate it! The Vanilla Sponge was a great base for the stronger and so delicious flavours of the Chocolate Orange Frosting, that I must say is becoming my favourite!

What are your favourite frosting flavours?