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Cupcake Challenge #1

OK, I’ve been bit by the cupcake bug 🙂 Seeing so many lovely cupcakes my friends are making, I wanted to join in, and now there is a weekly cupcake challenge, it’s incentive for me to get making (not that eating so many cupcakes should be encouraged!).

I didn’t have time to ice them properly (and no piping bag), so I mixed some icing sugar with some coconut and food colourings and flavours to make an interesting top…. Pink are rosewater flavoured, then lemon zest & lemon juice, Blue ones are lavender and vanilla flavoured and the orange ones have orange zest with a little flavouring & colour

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A double-decker one just for fun

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Then I bought a piping bag and made some vanilla and lavender frosting.

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So this first week Challenge recipe was:

Lesley’s Vanilla Cupcakes

150gr butter (2/3c?)- room temperature
3/4 cup caster sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
2 cups SR flour
2 teaspoons lemon juice
dash of vanilla extract /1 vanilla bean


Cream butter & sugar, add 1 egg, beat well then add the other egg, mix in lemon juice and vanilla, then add half the milk and flour, beat well then add remaining milk & flour. Beat until pale and creamy. Bake in a preheated 180C oven for 10-20 mins depending on size cake making.


Lesley’s frosting (optional)

250gr butter
1kg icing sugar

beat butter until smooth and then add icing sugar …..beat until smooth and fluffy

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