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Our Favourite Cupcake Recipes

No one can resist a cupcake! There is something so delicious, yet very sinful about these mini cakes, but we know from experience that children and adults of all ages love them

 

National Cupcake Week runs from the 16th to 22nd of September this year, and in the lead up we wanted to bring you some of our favourite recipes.

National Cupcake Week is organised to encourage craft bakers, cafes, delis, coffee chains, convenience stores and supermarket bakeries to benefit from increased sales, as well as encourage bakers to raise money for charity.

Everyone can try their hand at fundraising throughout the week by organising bake sales and even having a sponsored bake-off.

It is not only professional bakers that can take inspiration; everyone, mums, dads and kids alike can get involved. The week aims to celebrate the diversity of the cupcake, a food that comes in a multitude of shapes, colours and sizes. A truly fun food, that anyone can create.

As a nation, we consume £23.5 million worth of cupcakes each year, with the average person eating 33 per year, so this is a week to celebrate something we do all year long.

Did you know - cupcake facts!:

  • Cupcakes were originally baked in tea cups, as cooking a full sized cake on the hearth took far too long
  • The world's largest cupcake weighed a monstrous 1,224 lbs., almost as much as an F1 car, and contained a staggering 2 million calories. You'd have to eat 6,780 hamburgers to consume that many calories
  • The world's smallest cupcake, measured 1.5 cm high and 3cm wide, smaller than a block of LEGO, and was baked in celebration of National Cupcake Week.

We asked around for some of our favourite cupcake recipes and found a brilliant selection whether you're a chocolate fiend or have special dietary needs.

Feel free to share your recipe's with us on our Work+Family page on Facebook. 

Marshmallow Fluff Cupcakes

  • 175g unsalted butter, softened
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 3 medium eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp Marshmallow Fluff
  • 175g self-raising flour, sifted
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Step 1 Pre-heat the oven to 350F/180C/Gas 4.

Step 2 Line a 12-hole muffin tray with paper cases.

Step 3 Beat together the butter and sugar until pale and creamy.

Step 4 Gradually add in the eggs until just combined.

Step 5 Add 2 tbsp of Vanilla Marshmallow Fluff.

Step 6 Gently fold in the flour, then milk and vanilla extract.

Step 7 Divide the mixture into the muffin cases.

Step 8 Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until well risen and springy to the touch.

Step 9 Cool completely on a wire rack.

Chocolate Brownie CupcakesChocolate cupcakes

  • 120g chopped chocolate
  • 115g butter
  • 250g sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 95g plain flour

Step 1 Melt the chocolate and butter.

Step 2 Remove the chocolate from the heat and stir in the sugar.

Step 3 Then add the eggs one at a time and mix well after each egg.

Step 4 Mix in the flour.

Step 5 Divide the batter into you cupcake cases and bake for about 20 minutes at 180º. As these won't rise too much, you can fill in your cases nearly to the top.

Sticky Toffee Pudding Cupcakes

  • 200g chopped dates
  • 4.5 fl oz boiling water
  • 2 tsp black treacle
  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 155g ground almonds
  • 200g demerara sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

For the butter cream:

  • 510g icing sugar
  • 110g softened salted butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence

Step 1 Preheat oven to 200c.

Step 2 Place dates, boiling water and black treacle in a jug and set aside.

Step 3 Combine dry ingredients in mixer with paddle attachment.

Step 4 Mix eggs and egg whites with vanilla essence in a jug and add to dry ingredients whilst mixing.

Step 5 Once all ingredients are well incorporated add the dates mixture and mix until well combined.

Step 6 Divide between 16 cases and bake for 20-23mins.

Step 7 While the cupcakes are cooking, sift icing sugar into mixer add cubed butter, cover mixer with tea towel and mix on a low setting with paddle attachment until combined.

Step 8 Add vanilla essence to icing sugar and butter and mix until smooth.

Step 9 Pipe onto cooled cupcakes.

A few more of our favourite cupcake recipes:

Red Velvet cupcakes
 
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