Red Nose Day cupcakes, Comic ReliefMost schools do a cake sale to raise money for Comic Relief. This is a great easy recipe which is fun to do with your little ones. Florence especially liked the icing coming out of the nozzle , I made a little extra for her to practise with!
Ingredients Cupcakes (Makes enough for 12 cup cakes) 110g/4oz butter or margarine, softened at room temperature 110g/4oz caster sugar 2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten 1 tsp vanilla extract 110g/4oz self-raising flour 1-2 tbsp milk
Icing Vanilla Frosting (makes enough to cover 12 cupcakes) 80g soft butter 250g icing sugar 25ml milk Vanilla extract (the recipe states "a few drops" but I used around half a tsp. Depends how vanilla-y you like it) Food colouring if required (try not to use too much liquid colouring as it will effect the finished consistency; gels are better if you have them) Use an electric hand whisk to beat the butter & sugar together until well combined. The mixture will look like crumble topping.
Cupcakes 1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases. 2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale. Beat in the eggs a little at a time and stir in the vanilla extract. 3. Fold in the flour using a large metal spoon, adding a little milk until the mixture is of a dropping consistency. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until they are half full. 4. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until golden-brown on top and a skewer inserted into one of the cakes comes out clean. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack. 8. Spoon the icing into a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe the icing using a spiralling motion onto the cup cakes in a large swirl.
Icing 9. Combine the milk, vanilla, and food colouring (if using gels, don't add them yet) 10. Add the milk-mix to the sugar-mix 2 tsps at a time, mixing well with the whisk between each addition. Once all the milk is in, add colouring gels (if using) and continue beating for around 5 minutes to make the icing light and fluffy. The longer you beat, the better it is! 11. The icing is then ready to use on your cupcakes! Sprinkles stick well to it when it first goes on, but the surface dries within 5-10 minutes so don't hang about - Daisy x