Victoria Sponge Cupcakes

Wednesday, 28 November 2012
I've given up chocolate for November* and last weekend I was majorly craving something sweet so decided to do some baking as I had plenty ingredients in my cupboards. I used a really basic victoria sponge recipe for the cakes (which I found here) and then topped half with a pink butter cream icing and half with a peppermint butter cream icing. They were really easy to make, but since I haven't put a recipe post up here for ages I thought I'd write it up anyway. 

Victoria sponge cupcakes recipe


Ingredients 

For the cakes:
115g unsalted butter
115g caster sugar
2 eggs
115g self-raising flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the icing:
sifted icing sugar
150g unsalted butter
1 drop peppermint extract
1 drop blue food colouring
1 drop red food colouring

Instructions

1.  Beat the butter and the caster sugar together until pale and fluffy then beat in the eggs, one at a time.

2.  Mix together the flour and baking powder then sift into the butter mixture.  Fold in and then stir in the vanilla extract.

3.  Spoon the mixture into paper cases and bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for about 17 minutes, until they are risen and golden.  I think I might have overcooked mine slightly as the cakes didn't end up as fluffy in the inside as I'd have liked.
4.  To make the icing get 2 bowls and put about 75g of softened butter in each. Then in the first bowl add a drop of red liquid food colouring and in the second add a drop of peppermint flavouring and a drop of blue liquid food colouring. Gradually add in sifted icing sugar to each bowl and cream with the butter mixture until it seems like a decent butter icing consistency (I didn't really do any measuring, sorry!). 

5.  Once the cakes have cooled spoon the icing onto the cakes (half with pink icing and half with mint).  I then decorated with some sprinkles and sugar butterflies, but you can do what you want really (chocolate chips would have went nicely with the mint cakes).

So there you go, some super easy cakes! 

*I've given up chocolate for no reason really other than I liked the idea of a challenge and also I thought that maybe if I didn't eat it for a month then I would sort of get used to not having it and therefore not eat chocolate as much going forward. I did the same thing with crisps in October in the aim of trying to stop my sandwich and a bag of crisps for lunch routine but now it's November and I am allowed to eat crisps I've pretty much gone back to the usual routine, oh well!

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