Who else is Missing Summer?

I can’t wait for summer. For now these pics will have to do but I’m definitely feeling the winter blues right now.

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Lemon and Poppyseed Cupcakes

My mum really liked these cupcakes and the speckled appearance inside the cake makes the baked cake look just wonderful.

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Recipe taken from BBC GoodFood

Ingredients:

  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • zest 2 lemons
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds, toasted
  • 3 eggs
  • 100g natural yogurt
  • 175g butter, melted and cooled a little

For the icing

  • 225g butter, softened
  • 400g icing sugar, sifted
  • juice 1 lemon
  • few drops yellow food colouring
  • icing flowers or yellow sprinkles, to decorate

Method:

  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with cupcake or muffin cases. Mix the flour, sugar, lemon zest and poppy seeds together in a large mixing bowl. Beat the eggs into the yogurt, then tip this into the dry ingredients with the melted butter. Mix together with a wooden spoon or whisk until lump-free, then divide between the cases. Bake for 20-22 mins until a skewer poked in comes out clean – the cakes will be quite pale on top still. Cool for 5 mins in the tin, then carefully lift onto a wire rack to finish cooling.
  2. To ice, beat the softened butter until really soft in a large bowl, then gradually beat in the icing sugar and lemon juice. Stir in enough food colouring for a pale lemon colour, then spoon the icing into a piping bag with a large star nozzle.
  3. Ice one cake at a time, holding the piping bag almost upright with the nozzle about 1cm from the surface of the cake. Pipe one spiral of icing around the edge, then pause to break the flow before moving the nozzle towards the centre slightly and piping a second, smaller spiral that continues until there are no gaps in the centre. Slightly ‘dot’ the nozzle into the icing as you stop squeezing to finish neatly. Repeat to cover all the cakes, then top with sugar decorations or scatter with sprinkles

Sunflower cupcakes

These cupcakes look so bright and summery and taste lovely too.

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Makes around 12 cupcakes

Ingredients:

For the cupcakes:

  • 1.5 cups/175g Plain Flour (sifted)
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 50g/113g soft butter
  • half a 3/4 cup/175g sugar
  • 2 large eggs at room temp
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup/120ml milk at room temp

For the buttercream:

  • 100g/3½oz soft butter
  • 200g/7oz icing sugar, plus ½ tsp for dusting
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla

To decorate:

  • 1 packet of dark chocolate chips

 

Method:

For the cupcakes 

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) with rack in center of oven.

2. In a bowl, sift or whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.

3. Beat the butter and sugar together with an electric whisk until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time beating well after each addition then add the vanilla. Alternately add the flour mixture and the  milk  beginning and ending with the flour.  So flour, milk, flour, milk, flour.  Mix until just combined.

4. Line your cupcake pan with your cupcake cases and evely divide the batter between the cases. Bake for 15-20 mins or until a toothpick insertedinto the center of the cake comes out clean and the cake springs back when pressed.

5. Place the cakes on a wire rack to cool, once they are completely cooled you can begin to frost them .

For the buttercream 

Put the butter in a bowl and sift the icing sugar on top. Add the vanilla extract and beat with a wooden spoon or an electric whisk until very light and smooth. Add some yellow gel food colouring and whisk until the colour is all incoroporated.  Spoon into a clean piping bag fitted with a small star nozzle and pipe petal shapes. Finally add some chocolate chips in the middle to create your finished sunflower.

 

Variations: You can make these with chocolate cupcakes too.

Notes: Cupcake recipe taken from joy of baking.com http://www.joyofbaking.com/VanillaCake.html

Buttercream recipe taken from the Hairy Bikers