Yummy Scrummy Cupcakes

The only thing my daughter loves more than baking cupcakes, is eating cupcakes. So when the people over at Flora asked me to bake with their new Flora Great for Baking Block and to blog about it, how could I refuse?! I was able to get the Flora baking block with my Tesco grocery delivery at the weekend. I was pleased with the price, £1.00 for a 250g block. For baking, I normally buy the Waitrose Essential block of salted butter, which costs £1.32 for a 250g block. 

Though price matters, ultimately taste is what we care about in our cake-crazed household. So my six-year old daughter, Moozles, and I put on our matching aprons and began baking. I let Moozles pick what kind of cupcake and icing we made. I had her look through a couple of recipes books, but she said she wanted to make a Mary Berry recipe because Mary Berry has the best cakes. Yes, I am teaching my daughter well. Moozles chose vanilla cupcakes and chocolate buttercream icing (we are die-hard buttercream fans). The chocolate icing is a recipe I have used for years, but adapted, from the BBC cooking website. It is my favourite icing recipe.

So, how did it turn out? Both the cupcakes and icing turned out quite well. Moozles had loads of fun decorating the cupcakes. I think she did a fab job! I would like to say that my two-year old, Dubz, was helpful too. But he basically just spooned icing onto his face and tried to climb over the table to grab more. Husband, who is a proficient bowl-licker, told me that it was the best icing I had ever made. Hand on heart, he asked if I had used a new recipe or whether it was the Flora. He wasn’t kidding, he scoffed three cupcakes in about five minutes. Moozles said it was ‘delicious’ (she only had two). Who can argue with those reviews?!
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Vanilla Cupcakes
100g Flora Baking Block (or butter)
150g Caster Sugar
150g Self-Raising Flour
3 tbsp Whole Milk
2 large Eggs
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
 
Preheat oven to 160C for fan-assisted (or 180C). Cream sugar and Flora (or butter) then add the rest of the ingredients. Moozles and I mixed everything with a spoon. Spoon into cupcake or muffin tin, bake for 20-30 minutes depending on your oven.
 
This recipe makes 12 small fairy cakes or 8 proper cupcakes (American-size). We made nine this time, and there just wasn’t enough batter.
 
 
Chocolate Buttercream Icing
110g Flora Baking Block (or butter)
180g Icing Sugar
40g Cocoa Powder (sifted, but not a big deal if it isn’t)
2 tbsp Whole milk
I actually halved this recipe to accommodate the small amount of cupcakes being made above
 
Use a hand mixer to mix it all up. It should only take 30 seconds. My top tip for mixing icing–place a big tea towel over the bowl before you start mixing so that icing sugar does not fly everywhere. 

 

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12 thoughts on “Yummy Scrummy Cupcakes

  1. I agree with your daughter only thing better than baking them is definitely eating them. I am a HUGE HUGE cupcake fanatic! If you havent seen my about me page. hahaha Cupcakes are the way to my heart for sure. These sound amazing and you have just made me want to whip up a batch now!!! lol #tastytuesdays

  2. Send me some over now! Who doesn’t like cupcakes? Looks like you had fun making them. #TastyTuesdays

  3. I have seen your about me page. There’s a picture that says cupcakes but it only has your picture. I thought maybe you had eaten the cupcakes before the pic was taken. 😉

  4. Mmmm they look good 🙂 it certainly looks like your little ones enjoyed them! x #TastyTuesdays

  5. Those cupcakes look amazing, and the faces really do say it all. And it has to be said that eating cupcakes is almost as good as baking them…
    Thanks for linking up to #TastyTuesdays, I’ve pinned this to the Tasty Tuesdays Pinterest board.

  6. Your Miss 6 and my Miss 6 may be cupcake decorating twins! It’s lovely to see that you just let her get on with it and do her own thing 🙂 #TastyTuesdays

  7. Who could resist a cupcake. I must say Flora works perfectly for butter icing. #TastyTuesday

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