Girl In The Palace
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Hi everyone! I hope you are all getting in on the collar giveaway! It's very exciting to see new comments and followers and stuff! It cheers me up, especially as I am poorly at the moment and I don't feel like doing much. Unfortunately, that doesn't make very good blog reading material. I could list my ailments?
Let's not.
To take my mind off being ill, I decided to do some baking! I really enjoy baking cakes and cupcakes and sweet dessert type things, but not so much dinners or general good food. RJ is pretty nifty in the kitchen when it comes to real food, I am pretty nifty at the pretty nifty things. Today I converted a really yummy vanilla and raspberry cupcake recipe, found on laurainthekitchen.com, from cups to grams and mls. I actually did have cup measurements to hand, but decided to do the conversion anyway to have for future reference. I'm not sure I trust cup measurements just yet, I'm probably doing it wrong, but it never seems to work out right!

Cupcake ingredients- makes 12:
225g (1 cup) granulated sugar
113g (1 stick) unsalted butter
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
2tsp baking powder
A pinch of salt
150g (1 & 1/3 cups) all purpose flour
80ml (1/3 cup) whole milk

Raspberry frosting:
113g (1 stick) unsalted butter
165g (1/2 cup) raspberry jam
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
450 g (16oz) icing sugar
Fresh raspberries for the top!

Preheat oven to 180c (350f) and line your cupcake tin! I creamed the sugar and butter together, using an electric mixer! But if you're lucky enough to have a KitchenAid, you can use the paddle attachment (I love KitchenAid! It's on my wish list for life). I say "cream" them, but really just make sure the are well combined. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix again until it's all smooth. Then add in your dry ingredients and, on a low speed, add in your milk until it's all combined. No need to mix anymore! Your mixing days are done.
Now, I'm a chronic under-filler. I usually need someone to rein me in when it comes to filling as much cupcake cases as I possibly can and spreading the mixture around (then I wonder why they don't rise- they weren't filled enough!) Fill them 3/4 of the way, they will rise but not loads. Mine looked like this.


Photo (15) They're not even even, I know. I'd never cut it on cupcake wars. But anyway, bake for 20 mins. That gives you enough time to tackle (yes, TACKLE) the icing sugar and force it from the air, into a bowl and order it to combine with the butter, vanilla extract and my favourite thing in the world, raspberry jam. Photo (14) Combining the icing sugar is always the bit I least look forward to, because it mostly ends up in my lungs and hair and all over the surfaces and hardly any gets in the actual bowl. I wrestled it in though, and this is what my frosting turned out like. If yours tastes too sweet, add a tbsp of milk. I love the colour and all the raspberry pips from the jam give it a really nice texture. Photo (16) Remember, add a little raspberry on top to finish! They look cute and taste really yummy. Photo (17) Probably not the best thing to eat when under the weather, but they just looked too delicious. Happy baking everyone! And remember to enter the giveaway below! Photo (15) They're not even even, I know. I'd never cut it on cupcake wars. But anyway, bake for 20 mins. That gives you enough time to tackle (yes, TACKLE) the icing sugar and force it from the air, into a bowl and order it to combine with the butter, vanilla extract and my favourite thing in the world, raspberry jam. Photo (14) Combining the icing sugar is always the bit I least look forward to, because it mostly ends up in my lungs and hair and all over the surfaces and hardly any gets in the actual bowl. I wrestled it in though, and this is what my frosting turned out like. If yours tastes too sweet, add a tbsp of milk. I love the colour and all the raspberry pips from the jam give it a really nice texture. Photo (16) Remember, add a little raspberry on top to finish! They look cute and taste really yummy. Photo (17) Probably not the best thing to eat when under the weather, but they just looked too delicious. Happy baking everyone! And remember to enter the giveaway below!