With the Alzheimer's Society Cupcake Day fast approaching, Rosemary Schrager has shared her favourite cupcake recipe with us.
It might be simple, but it's the kind of sweet treat that'll go down a storm for your own Cupcake Day fundraisers. What's more, the more adventurous bakers among you can use the recipe as a solid base on which to get a bit creative and experimental. Take a look below for the recipe - and as always, be sure to share any snaps or comments with us over on our Facebook page
For the cupcakes:
For the vanilla frosting:
- 125g self-raising flour
- 125g caster sugar
- 125g soft unsalted butter
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 250g icing sugar, sifted
- 80g unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 25ml whole milk
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1. Preheat the oven to 180C, 350F, Gas Mark 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.
5. Beat the icing sugar and butter together in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk) on medium-slow speed until the mixture comes together and is well mixed.
6. Turn the mixer down to slow speed. Combine the milk and vanilla extract in a separate bowl, then add to the butter mixture a couple of tablespoons at a time. Once all the milk has been incorporated, turn the mixer up to high speed.
7. Continue beating until the frosting is light and fluffy, at least 5 minutes. The longer the frosting is beaten, the fluffier and lighter it becomes.
You can unite against dementia by signing up for Cupcake Day at cupcakeday.org.uk - and you can find out more about Cupcake Day itself here.