It's probably no secret that I love cooking & baking... and pretty much everything else to do with food so any time I get an opportunity to make a truckload of mini cupcakes I do it!! It was my little nieces fifth birthday a while ago and it was decided we are going with a princess theme and obviously the colour of choice was pink. The mini cupcakes as well as the doughnuts (which are baked) all come from one recipe and are really easy to make! I make these for kids parties, afternoon teas and all other occasions that may require cupcakes (pretty much all occasions in my life ;)).
Cupcake / Mini Doughnut batter 125 grams self-raising flour 125 grams caster sugar 125 grams soft unsalted butter 2 large eggs ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons milk
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C. This batter is the easiest one in the world, I use a food processor or standalone mixer and just wizz all the ingredients, except for the milk, together (just until everything is combined into a smooth batter, if you mix it too long the cupcakes will become really heavy). Then add the milk to loosen up the batter a little, give it a quick mix and you're done!
Spoon the mixture into cupcake cases of your choice and bake for 15 minutes for mini ones and up to 20 for the regular size.
For the mini doughnuts you will need a mini-doughnut baking tray (I got mine in TK Maxx). It is easiest to fill the tray using a piping bag. Bake the doughnuts for 10 minutes or until golden - they really don't take very long so keep an eye on these babies!
The Best Buttercream Icing 140g soft unsalted butter 280g icing sugar 1-2 tbsp milk ½ vanilla extract optional: food colouring & sprinkles
Buttercream icing is very easy to make, the only magical ingredient here that makes or breaks good icing is time! You need to make sure that you whip the butter (I use a standalone mixer for this) until it's gone much paler, about 2-3 minutes. Then you can start adding your icing sugar, it's best to add in two stages - ad half of it, mix well and once it's all incorporated and smooth add the other half. And again, mix for another 2-3 minutes so the icing is smooth and fluffy - you don't want heavy, stodgy icing! Add the milk and vanilla extract and mix to combine. You can add food colouring if you want. I divided my buttercream and added pink food dye to one half.
Dougnut Vanilla Glaze 4 tablespoons milk 140g powdered sugar ½ teaspoon vanilla sprinkles
This could not be simpler to make - just combine everything with and whisk it together. This glaze should be quite thick, you don't want it sliding off your doughnuts. Just dip your dougnut into the glaze, place back on a baking sheet and ad sprinkles (if you want) before the glaze sets. Done!
So there you have it - two recipes in one! They are not the healthiest treats in the world but definitely one of the nicest ones! And they look so pretty!
What is your favourite sweet treat?
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