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Birthday cupcakes

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Why not surprise someone special on their birthday by giving them these lovely birthday cupcakes.

Key Information

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  • Serves:10
  • Skill level:easy

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Ingredients

  • 150g 5⅜ oz Butter (unsalted) at room temperature
  • 150g 5⅜ oz Unrefined golden caster sugar (we like Billington's) Unrefined golden caster sugar
  • 3 3 Egg(s) (free range)
  • 150g 5⅜ oz Self-raising white flour (we like Allinson) Self-raising white flour
  • ½tsp ½tsp Baking powder
  • 1 1 Lemon zest from 1 lemon
  • ½tsp ½tsp Vanilla extract (we like Nielsen-Massey) Vanilla extract

For the icing

  • 250g 8⅞ oz Fondant icing sugar (we like Silver Spoon)
  • Green food colouring
  • 40 40 Sugar flowers
  • Water

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The Method Enter Bake mode

  1. Classic mode Step 1

    Heat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan, gas 4). Line a cup cake tin with 12 paper cupcake cases

  2. Classic mode Step 2

    Place the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat with a wooden spoon or electric mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs a little at a time until smooth, adding a little flour if the mixture curdles.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 150g 5⅜ oz Butter (unsalted) at room temperature
    • 150g 5⅜ oz Unrefined golden caster sugar (we like Billington's) Unrefined golden caster sugar
    • 3 3 Egg(s) (free range)
  3. Classic mode Step 3

    Stir in the flour, baking powder, lemon zest and vanilla extract until smooth. Place heaped dessertspoon full in each cupcake case and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and just firm to the touch.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 150g 5⅜ oz Self-raising white flour (we like Allinson) Self-raising white flour
    • ½tsp ½tsp Baking powder
    • ½tsp ½tsp Vanilla extract (we like Nielsen-Massey) Vanilla extract
    • 1 1 Lemon zest from 1 lemon
  4. Classic mode Step 4

    Leave in the tins for 5 minutes, then place on a wire rack to cool.

  5. Classic mode Step 5

    For the decoration mix the fondant icing sugar with water as directed on the pack, then stir in a drop of green food colouring to give the desired colour and spoon a little icing over each cake.

    Ingredients for this step