I love baking, especially when the mornings are cold and wet and you are stuck inside. As the clocks went back today and there wasn't much chance of us getting an extra hour in bed with Miss C and Wee Z, we decided to make some cupcakes.
I wanted to try making some lovely spider web cakes, so whilst I had a bit of a lie in (well one of us was using that extra hour for some sleep!) Husband took Miss C and Wee Z off to Asda to pick up some ingredients. Actually, my baking supplies are pretty well kept but I needed some black food colouring or writing icing to make the spider webs with. As always, bad planning on my part, there was neither left in the shops. So I had to improvise and use the rest of my dark chocolate from when we had made chocolate brownies.
This is the recipe I use and it makes 12 nice sized cakes. Bare in mind this is for cupcakes as opposed to fairy cakes. You could probably get about 24 fairy cakes with this recipe.
150g of unsalted butter
3 medium eggs
175g self raising flour
150g caster sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
Preheat your oven to 180°C/Gas mark 4. For a fan assisted oven, that's about 160°C. Put all your ingredients in to a large mixing bowl and whisk for about 2 minutes until the mixture is light and creamy. Use a tablespoon to spoon your mixture in to each case. I find a generous tablespoon per cake case is about right. Put them in the oven for 18-20 minutes when the cakes should be golden and the middle of the cake should spring back up if you lightly press it. Leave them to cool before icing.
You could finish them with bug sweeties, spiders or Smarties and Jelly Tots like we did.