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vanilla cupcakes

Most people have childhood flashbacks when they devour a cupcake, and this particular cupcake does that for me. The beautiful texture of the cake, with its gorgeous crumb, and the buttery goodness of the indulgent icing really do sing to my heart! I really hope you love these scrumptious little cakes too!

Ingredients

125 g butter

½ cup brown sugar

3 eggs or 2 duck eggs

1 tsp vanilla pod scrapings or essence

2 cups self-raising flour

Splash of milk

 

Buttercream Icing

125 g butter

1 ½ cups icing powder

1 tbs milk

1 tsp vanilla pod scrapings or essence

 

Method

Combine the butter and sugar and beat until well combined. Add the eggs one at a time, beating with electric mixer in between. Add the vanilla, flour and milk and electric mix until the mix is smooth. Divide into a patty cake tin lined with paper cases. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for about 25 minutes. Whilst they bake let the butter go near room temperature, then when malleable stir in the powder, milk and vanilla. One the cupcakes have cooled completely, ice ice baby! Ta da! How simple and gorgeous are these! Enjoy!

vanilla cupcakes

Self-saucing chocolate pudding

Do you love chocolate?! Do you love winter desserts?! If you answered yes to those questions, prepare yourself for love! This is the ultimate winter dessert for the family, individual or even a boozy dinner party. You can whip this up in ten minutes, and sit back whilst the oven does the rest. Are you ready for love?!

Supplies

125 ml milk

60 g butter

1 tsp vanilla essence

¾ cup caster sugar

2 tbs cocoa

1 cup self-raising flour

½ cup brown sugar for on top

2 tbs cocoa for sprinkling on top

2 cups boiling water for on top

 

Method

Stir the butter, essence and milk over low heat in a saucepan until melted together. Add the caster sugar and take off the stove. Add the flour and cocoa, stirring until well combined. Spray a little olive oil to cover a deep oven proof dish, then pour in the batter. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the top, and sift the cocoa onto the top too. Now gently pour over 2 cups of boiling water. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for around 40 minutes. It will look like a spongey cake on the top, but when you break through with a spoon the true nature of the beast will reveal itself. An inch of sauce baby!! Serve on its own or with ice-cream! This is scrumptious! I hope you love it!

Self-saucing chocolate pudding