Help! I've caught the Great British Bake Off fever! I have had no choice but to have some fun baking cupcakes this afternoon. I cannot bear another Wednesday evening watching the Bake Off drooling over all the yummy cakes, bread and cookies with nothing to eat for myself!
After work I quickly popped into the supermarket and bought some ingredients before i came home to make some delicious vanilla and galaxy chocolate cupcakes.
I wanted to make enough cupcakes to feed me and my families needs while watching the Bake Off, so I decided to make enough for 16 cakes.
For this recipe you will need:
4oz of unsalted butter
4oz of self raising flour
4oz of caster sugar
(haha) bar of galaxy chocolate 200g
Pink shimmer sugar for the topping (optional, obviously)
How to make:
In a large mixing bowl, put in all the sugar and butter,
It is easier if you soften the butter before hand for mixing. I didn't use an electric mixer as i can't be bothered to wash all the little bits up, but it works just as well hand mixing or electric mixing.
Mix well until the ingrediants are light and fluffy,
The mix will have gone lighter in colour and be easier to mix once ready
Add in one egg at a time after mixing with a little bit of the flour with each egg
Add in any remaining flour you have left.
Add about a half a teaspoon of vanilla extract
Mix till all the ingreatiants are well blended
Lay out 16 cupcake/muffin cases on a baking tray.
Add about 1 tablespoon of the mix to each cupcake.
Bake the cupcakes in the oven at 160 for a fan assisted oven or 180 for a 'normal' oven for 20-25 minutes.
Your cupcake should now be golden brown, big and bouncy.
You can test if your cupcakes are cooked by sticking a skewer into the center of the cake. If the skewer comes out clean, the cupcakes are ready! If not, put the cupcakes back in for 5 minutes at a time to ensure you don't burn them.
For the topping:
Break up into squares and melt the galaxy chocolate (if you don't like galaxy use dairy milk or any other chocolate) in a bowl over the hob. I do this by putting some water into a saucepan and putting a glass bowl with the chocoalte in over the top. Don't leave the chocolate alone as you don't want to burn it. Stir it occasionally while the chocoalte melts.
Once the chocoalte has melted, teaspoon the chococlate onto the tops of the now cool cupcakes and spread to the edges. I added some pink shimmer glitter on the top too. You could add a cherry, or anything that takes your fancy to finish the cakes off.
Now all there is left to do, is to enjoy eating your scrummy cakes!!