Who doesn’t love cupcakes. They are super simple to make and when made correctly can be really yummy. I don’t make cupcakes often and when I do I normally make massive batches as I normally allow for friends and family – because that’s the kind of person I am. That might account for why we have so many friends lol.
Most of my baking supplies come from the local supermarkets although sometimes I do get specialist supplies in when I am making a cake for a special occasion. Now the kids do love to bake, but during school term it can be hard to find the time to do this.
I tend to make a rod for my own back and make everything myself from scratch so it often takes a while. My thinking behind this is that it always tastes better. I had a novel idea whilst walking through the supermarket looking at the products in the baking aisle for inspiration. Why not cheat! Try out some products that might be able to help me save some precious time whilst creating something fabulous for my family to enjoy. I had been encouraged by the fact that I could only been able to find waxed lemons and my daughter wanted lemon cupcakes. Not having made lemon cupcakes before I was a little apprehensive about totally messing them up but thought I would give it a go anyway.
The baking aisle of supermarkets is quite a fun place for bakers like myself. You can find all sorts of items that can really help inspire and it’s amazing the new discoveries you could make. For example I never knew there was such a thing as pre grated lemon zest. How fabulous!!!! Of course I ditched the wax lemons as Dr Oetker had come to my rescue. Feeling inspired I continued to browse. Now anyone that makes buttercream to use on cakes knows that this can be a length process plus if that butter isn’t the right temperature your in for trouble, especially when the children are waiting for the cake to be finished so they can fight their siblings tooth and nail to grab it and ram it down their throat before anyone else grabs it off them. They do love my cakes.
Another discovery that I was excited about was pre made cupcake icing! Now I wasn’t sure how this would taste but I thought it worth the risk. Interestingly this was also a Dr Oetker product.
My plan was to make lemon cupcakes with vanilla frosting. Seeing as I was already on a roll with Dr Oetker and they have nice small cupcake cases I decided to use those too.
Three’s a charm right and I was hoping these cupcakes would come out well. I have been using their products for years especially their gel colouring – it’s so much nicer and easier to use than those watery ones you get from the supermarkets in the bottles.
Simple Lemon Cupcakes With Vanilla Frosting
Makes 23 cupcakes – small Dr Oetker cases
70ml full fat milk
70g softened butter / room temperature butter
160g caster sugar
1st Dr Oetker vanilla essence
120g plain flour
2tsp Dr Oetker baking powder
1 pack of Dr Oetker lemon zest
Dr Oetker sprinkles to decorate
Place the milk and butter in a pan over a low heat until the butter melts. Then remove from the heat and set aside.
Combine the sugar, eggs and vanilla essence and whisk until the mix has grown in size and lightened in colour.
Slowly add in the milk and butter mix to the egg mix whilst whisking.
Measure the flour and baking powder and sift into the batter, do not stir yet.
Add in the lemon zest and then gently fold this and the flours into the wet mix.
Spoon the mix into the cupcake cases.
Once you have filled up your cupcake cases place them in the oven at 180 degrees for approximately 15-18 minutes. The timing will depend on your oven and if you have preheated it.
Once cooked they will be a golden colour and when the top is pressed gently it will spring back up.
Important: Allow the cakes too cool!!!!
If you don’t allow the cakes to cool the icing will melt.
Once cooled you can add the icing. We found that there was enough top top 21 out of the 23 but we didn’t use a large amount on each one although there was enough to top each nicely.
Add your sprinkles and your cupcakes are ready to eat.
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