step-by-step recipes :: cupcakes

hello hello fellow friends? how was your thanksgiving dinner? i truly hope you had a pleasant & joyful time together with your family, giving thanks to all the good things that are making your life sweeter. sometimes there are hard moments and we cannot see clearly… and those good things/family/friends are not always obvious in our hardest moments. but they are there. and they keep our heart warmer, in good moments… and in the not so good. so, this day… is to thank to all the good & the sweet that is present in our lives.

and to make our lives even sweeter, i will bring you… cupcakes! what could be better?

today these cupcakes are brought from sweet éadaoin, an irish lady that owns the sweet journal called {the city of the black birds}.

“my name is éadaoin, i live in dublin, ireland. i’m in love with holga, flowers, lensbaby and cookies – if you take a look at my stream you’ll understand what i mean… i study music full time while also working part time as a library assistant.  in my spare time you’ll generally find me with a camera or a cupcake in hand!”

so, let us proceed… to the sweet thing in éadaoin’s company. cupcakes!

what is the recipe?
vanilla cupcakes.

120g plain flour

140g caster sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

a pinch of salt

40g unsalted butter

120ml milk

1 egg

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

how do we bake it? 
preheat the oven to 170 degrees celcius (gas 3) and line your cupcake tray with cases.  

mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter together in a bowl until they are all combined.  

gradually mix in half the milk and beat until they are well combined.  

in a separate bowl mix together the egg, vanilla extract and remaining milk, then add this into the flour mixture.  

continue to mix until everything is quite smooth. spoon the mixture into the cases so that they are about two thirds full.

bake in the oven for about 20 – 25 minutes or until they are light golden in colour and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.  

leave them to cool on a wire rack before icing.
ingredients for icing:
250g icing sugar, sifted

80g unsalted butter

25ml milk

a couple of drops of vanilla extract

food colouring (whatever colours you would like)

how do we bake it?
beat the icing sugar and butter together until they are well combined. 

add in the milk and vanilla extract and continue beating until the mixture is light and fluffy. if you are adding food colouring mix a drop in at this point before icing your cupcakes.

and now are almost ready to be eaten… but just before a nice coloured photo session…

dear kitchen…
“let’s bake sweet cupcakes together and make all our dreams come true!” 

and this was the recipe i had for you today! i would like to thank éadaoin for this delicious recipe & for this amazing photo session of her rainbow cupcakes!
was it sweet enough for your thanksgiving weekend?

i hope you can take a moment to explore éadaoin’s {stream}, {blog} & {etsy shop}…


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