Last night at about midnight, I had an urge to use the cupcake maker I had bought from Aldi (£9.99 Specialbuy) to check it actually worked before taking it to University. As it was so late I just wanted to make a really simple recipe, so started getting to work!
If you want to do the same, you will need:
– a bowl
– a mixing spoon
– unsalted butter
– caster sugar
– medium egg
– mini cupcake cases (I used petit four paper cases from ASDA)
(This makes around 14 mini cupcakes.)
First I put 50g of butter in a bowl and 50g of caster sugar, and mixed these together until creamy.
Add the egg. I always do this in a separate jug just in case the egg is off or something, as you can never be sure, and you wouldn’t want to ruin the cake mixture by doing it directly into the bowl.
Finally add the flour, and mix to your heart’s content until it has all combined and smooth, no lumps!
Line the cupcake holders with cupcake cases, and fill with the cake mixture to about two thirds full.
Now for the waiting. Grab a book or watch tv and wait for the cakes to bake for roughly about 15 to 20 minutes (check them every now and then), and try to avoid dunking your finger into the leftover mixture and eating it … *guilty*. As the cupcakes are “mini” and there are only seven cupcake slots, this will take ages to make loads, so you will need a lot of patience.
*Use a cloth or a tea towel to help open up the cupcake maker, as steam will escape and can burn your hand. (I learned the hard way!)*
When the cakes are ready, prod them with a knife and if they come out clean, unplug the cake maker and let the cakes cool for a few minutes, and then turn them out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Obviously this is only a basic recipe but you can add whatever you fancy to the mixture to liven it up a little!
What kind of things do you like to bake?