These cute cupcakes are the perfect summery treat, and would be even better if we had some sunshine to enjoy them in!
A really easy and effective way to decorate cupcakes too!
Jill Stewart (@jillbakes_)
County Antrim Foodie and Instagrammer
Makes 12 large cupcakes (14-16 if using muffin cases)
225g butter or spread, at room temp
225g caster sugar
4 large eggs, at room temp
225g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
For the buttercream:
250g unsalted butter, at room temp
500g icing sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
4 chocolate flakes cut into 3 equal pieces
Raspberry or strawberry dessert sauce
• Preheat oven to 160 degrees fan. Line a muffin tray with muffin cases (or I used cute cardboard baking cups)
• In a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together for about 5 minutes until pale and fluffy.
• Sieve the flour into a bowl and add the baking powder.
• Add an egg into the creamed butter and sugar and mix, then add a quarter of the flour and repeat until it’s all added. Add in the vanilla extract and mix gently.
• Fill the cupcake cases with the mixture - do not fill more than half full!
• Bake for 17-20 minutes until golden and a skewer comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack to fully cool.
• Meanwhile make the buttercream. Beat the softened butter for 5-7 minutes until pale and fluffy in a stand mixer. Then add the sifted icing sugar, milk and vanilla extract and mix for a few minutes.
• Optional step: Cut out the centre of the cupcake with a corer and set aside. Fill the hole with a teaspoon of the dessert sauce or jam, then replace the cupcake centre.
• Fill a piping bag fitted with a large star nozzle with the buttercream. Pipe a ‘whippy ice cream’ swirl on each cupcake, add a piece of the flake, sprinkles and some sauce. Enjoy!
MEET JILL STEWART…
Jill Stewart, from Portglenone, is a true Foodie who brings her passions together to create a unique balance of both healthy dishes and sweet treats on her Instagram social media blog, Jill Bakes.
Jill is passionate about creating and sharing recipes on her Instagram platform (@jillbakes_) which are easy to follow, quick to make and not using hundreds of ingredients! And with over 15,000 followers, a lot of people are enjoying Jill’s food journey.
The County Antrim lady has been a keen baker from a very young age, learning many skills from her late Grandma who was a fantastic baker.
Jill is a regular recipe contributor for Ireland’s Homes Interiors and Living magazine.
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