Friday, 19 November 2010

Tried and tested: Vanilla Cupcakes

Adapted from the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook
I had a rare day off last week and chose to spend it doing some sort of fun activity with my seven year old brother. So I said to him "I think we should make something together, now I think you should choose as it's your day, which means we do whatever you want" He says to me " I think making something is a good idea.... but what shall we make?" Now the previous week he'd been bugging me to make sushi with him as he loves the whole process of rolling and making patterns with the vegetables, so I naturally thought this would be the first thing to pop up out of his make believe thought bubble, then he says " I want to bake some cakes"
So I gave him three of my baking books and asked him to choose anything he wanted... His little smile is worth all the mess he'll probably end up making later on
Vanilla cupcakes were his choice: We make all our cakes gluten free as we have a celiac in our household but I find it doesn't differ much at all to wheat based flour... that is if you know what your doing!

♥ Makes 12♥

120g Plain flour
140g Caster Sugar
1 ¾ teaspoons baking powder
a pinch of salt
40g Unsalted butter/ Margerine- not too cold
120ml whole milk
1 egg
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
cupcake decoration of your choice
1 quantity vanilla frosting: at the bottom

Preheat the oven to 170°C (325°F) Gas mark 3.

Out the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter in a freestanding electric mixer (I personally like to use a good old electric whisk) and beat on slow speed until you geta sandy consistency and everything is combined. Gradually pour in half the milk and beat until milk is just incorporated.

Whisk the egg, vanilla extract and remaining milk togetherin separate bowl for a few seconds, then pour into the flour mixture and continue beating until just incorporated (scrape any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula). Continue mixing for a couple more minutes until the mixture is smooth. Do not overmix.

Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until two-thirds full and bake in the preheated oven for 20–25 minutes, or until light golden and the sponge bounces back when touched. A skewer inserted in the centre should come out clean. Leave the cupcakes to cool slightly in the tray before turning out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

When the cupcakes are cold, spoon the vanilla frosting on top and decorate with whatever you wish.

♥ For the vanilla frosting:                                            
250g icing sugar, sifted
80g unsalted butter, at room temperature
25ml whole milk
a couple of drops of vanilla extract

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.

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.

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.

Add food colouring to desired amounts...
Have fun!

Just a Quick One ∞

Source: Look alike Princess
It's late over here and I really should be heading off to bed but I'm really pleased, so much so that I want to put something up. See its my birthday next week and I've been after a nikon for a while but never really knew what I wanted but with some help I've finally decide on the model... D300, now if anyone knows anything about camera's I'd love hear your opinion as I shall be purchasing mines within the week. Finally I shall have the photo's I've always dreamed of! 

Monday, 15 November 2010

Get creative! Get organized!

Timelapse - Los Angeles Wildfire from Dan Blank on Vimeo.

I woke up today with determination, like a million things were waiting to be done... I've decide to sort out a work area so I can make the most out of this experence.
Hows life today?

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Blue Roses - 'I Am Leaving'

What I'm listening to...
Wonderful sounds in my ears

Have a beautiful evening

Birds In Flight

Picture frame: Urban outfitters, Cat: Brick lane, Hello Kitty Purse: Ebay, Picure Mat: Ikea

Whats on my mind?
 About a year ago I went to a folk festival in the middle of a wildlife reserve, this was the first and only time I have ever won a raffle... I was embarrassingly proud & for my efforts I won a counting birds book by Alice Melvin.


I loved the pretty childlike images which were so different to the type of drawings I was doing at the time that it inspired to try something different... so I planned to do a bunch of bird Illustrations 'as I plan very well'- down side being that my execution is a bit patchy.

Finally I decide to pick my pencils back up a few weeks ago and carry on with what I'd started.. I hope to finish the collection by the start of the new year and when I get the chance I'd like to put some up to get an idea of what you think. Here's one that I actually managed to finish 

Artwork by Something Golden

Source: neamoscou