I’m endlessly making cupcakes for the kids to have in their lunchboxes or for an after school treat.
But these babies . . . these babies are something spesh.
There are only so many ways you can mix the mix to make a cupcake, right?
Well yes, but there is a reason this brand is so well known for this particular cup cake.
Hummingbird Bakery Vanilla Cupcakes
Ingredients (makes 12)
120g plain flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
40g unsalted butter, at room temperature
120ml whole milk
Quarter tsp vanilla extract
1. Preheat the oven to 170 C/Gas 3
2. Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter in a bowl (or freestanding electric mixer with paddle attachment).
Using a handheld electric whisk, beat on a slow speed until you get a sandy consistency and everything is combined.
3. Gradually pour in half the milk and beat until the milk is just incorporated.
4. Whisk the egg, vanilla and remaining milk together in a bowl, then pour into the flour mixture and continue whisking until incorporated. Scrape any unmixed ingredients from the side. Continue mixing until the mixture is smooth. Do not overmix.
5. Spoon the mixture evenly into paper cases placed in a muffin tin and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until light golden and the sponge bounces back when touched.
6. Leave the cakes to cool slightly in the tray before turning out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
When the cakes are cold, spoon the Vanilla Frosting (see below) onto and decorate.
250g icing sugar
80g unsalted butter, at room temperature
25ml whole milk
Couple of drops of vanilla extract
1. Beat the icing sugar and butter together using a spoon until it comes together as is well mixed.
2. Combine the milk and vanilla in a separate bowl then add to the butter mixture a couple of spoonfuls at a time and whisk using a handheld electric whisk.
3. Once all the milk is incorporated, turn the speed to high and continue beating until the frosting is light and fluffy. The longer you beat it, the fluffier it becomes.
4. You can also add a few drops of food colouring to brighten up your cakes. The Hummingbird Bakery tend to go for pastel colours – pink, yellow, lilac. I opted for Halloween Orange.
Now serve them up and watch them disappear.
* Taken from the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook