We have had some days lately where it feels like summer really is just around the corner, and then just as you get a little bit cocky about doing the school run without a coat, the weather tricks you and a sunny day is surprisingly chilly. Still – the sunshine makes me think of ice creams and bowls full of berries – so as it wasn’t quite warm enough for the real thing, I made raspberry ripple cupcakes instead.
- 125g self-raising flour
- 125g caster sugar
- 125g softened butter
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 2 medium eggs
- 2 tablespoons of milk
- 2 tablespoons of seedless raspberry jam
- For the icing: 150g butter
- 300g icing sugar
- 1-2 teaspoons of seedless raspberry jam
- ¼ teaspoon of vanilla essence
- Cream together the butter and sugar
- Beat in the eggs and milk.
- Fold through the flour and baking powder
- Dollop blobs of raspberry jam onto the mix and swirl through with a knife - you want a ripple, not pink cake batter so go easy!
- Transfer into 12 cupcake cases in a muffin tin, aim for about ⅓ full.
- Bake at 180 degrees for approx 15 mins until they spring back when touched.
- Transfer to wire rack to cool.
- To make the icing beat the icing sugar into well softened butter, along with the vanilla essence.
- Separate ⅓ of the icing and stir through a teaspoon or two of raspberry jam and mix well.
- Pop the two colours into an icing bag alternating between the colours so that you get a bit of a ripple effect when icing.
The raspberry jam leaves a subtle ripple through the cake, and adds a lovely fruity tang to the icing. The slight two tone effect of the icing was achieved by using a piping bag and two different icings – one vanilla buttercream, and one with a spoon or two of raspberry jam mixed into it – which adds flavour and colour. Pop them both higgledy piggledy into a piping bag and hopefully you get a nice mix of the colours when you ice the cakes. I am hopeless with a piping bag, but they still looked pretty enough for me. I also managed to have a small incident with a bag of icing sugar, resulting in me doing the school run looking like a member of The Fields Of The Nephilim. (An old goth reference there – if you are young or avoided goth, then they were a band whose image included dusting themselves in flour. Not sure why in all honesty, but it isn’t the best look for the playground – ooh dusty!)
Love Miss Cisco XXX