Sunday, May 20, 2007

Easiest cupcakes in the whole world

These are from Nigella Lawson. They are so easy you really can just make them spur of the moment.
125g unsalted butter, softened
125g caster sugar
2 large eggs
125g self raising flour
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 tbsp milk

Preheat to 200c
Put everything but the milk into the food processor, blitz until smooth. Pulse while adding the milk down the funnel to make a soft dropping consistency. Divide it into the twelve cups of the muffin tin (use paper liners or if you have a non stick, you could just grease the pan). They wont be filled up very high, but that’s ok. Bake for 15-20 min till they are cooked and golden on the top. Take them out as soon as you can bear to touch them, and let them cool on a rack. Then use whatever frosting you want.

I used this one from The Joy of Cooking, cuz it was quick, and I thought the lemon would be nice:
Beat together:
2 cups powdered sugar
4tbsp butter, or 3 tbsp heated heavy cream
Add and beat till smooth:
Zest of 1 lemon
1-2tbsp lemon juice
1-2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
correct consistency with either more sugar or more liquid if needed.

These were great. Cupcakes are always great. You really can’t go wrong with a cupcake. These were actually for my younger son’s second birthday. He blew out candles and everything. We were going to buy a small cake, but we didn’t make it out to the store, so this was kind of last minute. He was pretty sure they were the best thing ever.

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