Archive for May, 2010
As I know my time in limbo will be ending soon (see ‘The end of life as we know it‘) I have been trying to make the most of it before I start work. This means of course, more baking! This week, after hearing that one of my friends had been making Cupcakes, I decided I too. I had been given a set of Silicone rubber Cupcake Moulds for Christmas, and never used them. I was certainly dubious at putting rubber into the oven, but I knew I had to give them a chance.
The recipe I began with was nothing special, in fact, it was called ‘Simple Cupcake Recipe‘. Of course, I did change it a little, using light brown soft sugar and caster sugar together, to get a better flavour. After making this, I then split it in half, to make 2 different types of Cupcake. The first, a simple vanilla mix, adding a spoon of Vanilla essence to the cake mix, before baking. For the second, I chose Cinnamon, due to my love of it’s flavour, adding in 4 teaspoons of ground cinnamon to the mix.
Then it came time to bake them. I filled each of the Silicone moulds evenly, put them on a baking tray, and into the oven at 160°C. 20 minutes later, when they had risen and were golden brown, I got them out. I was surprised! They were perfectly cooked, not burnt or even crispy. Getting them out of the moulds was a cinch – the moulds just pealed away. I certainly have a respect for Silicone cookware now, and plan to invest in more to avoid the difficulty of removing cakes from metal tins.
As all Cupcakes need icing, I decided on two different approaches. On to the vanilla cakes I put a simple icing made of icing sugar, vanilla essence and water. I covered each cake liberally, then poured some sprinkles (Hundreds and Thousands) over them.
As I love cinnamon, I felt these deserved better treatment. I made a cinnamon flavoured buttercream icing, blending butter (at room temperature), icing sugar and ground cinnamon. In getting the flavour right, and because I hadn’t measured anything, I did make a little more than necessary, but it was worth it.
The cakes tasted great, and have definitely encouraged me to try more smaller cakes in future. I think I had confined myself to larger cakes because I had become used to baking them. Now I know I can try smaller cakes without any disasters, I am on the lookout for more ideas.
If you have any, let me know!