Thursday, 15 May 2014

Vanilla Cupcakes and a birthday celebration.



Birthdays are not birthdays with out cake, so what better way than to present some one with a lovely cake baked  at home and iced for them. These birthday cupcakes were made as a joint effort from both my daughters for their dads birthday. Together with cakes we gave him a lovely breakfast surprise and gift. The gift was really hard to find as a man who has every gadget available what do you buy him?? After much searching we came across the The Watch Hut, a fabulous site with some lovely watches to suit all prices.We selected the Armani Exchange gents silver watch for his gift. He really loved the gift and especially the delicious cup cakes featured below.





Delicate vanilla sponge with creamy butter cream icing makes these delicious cup cakes melt in the mouth.

Ingredients:

120g butter
120g self raising flour
120 g sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

For decorations:

Vanilla butter cream ( shop bought)
Maltersers
Blue edible sprinkles
Ready rolled fondant sheet

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 18O C  / 350 F.
2. In a electric mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
3. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl and add them to the butter and mix together.Add the vanilla essence and mix.
4. Gently fold in the flour by using a metal spoon.
5. Divide the mixture into 12 cupcake liners and bake the cupcakes for 15 minutes in the preheated oven until golden brown.
6. To check if the cakes are cooked insert a skewer into the cake, if it comes out clean cakes are baked.
7. Remove cakes from the oven and place them on a wire rack to cool.
8. Place a star nozzle in a piping bag and fill it with vanilla butter cream. Pipe a swirl of butter cream onto each cupcake and garnish with chocolate maltesers.
9.Using alphabet cutters cut out the letters D , A, D  from the fondant sheet and place them on three of the cupcakes. Sprinkle with the blue sprinkles.


This post was sponsored by The Watch Hut.

71 comments:

  1. Well bangs goes my diet, now I've seen your cupcakes!

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    1. Looking does not add calories so look as much as you want. :)

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  2. wow those cupcakes look amazing. Thankyou for the recipe. Men are sooo hard to buy for, i end up giving money and chocolate haha x

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    1. Yes I know there are only so many socks, ties and hankies you can buy lol

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  3. They did a great job and that link came at the right time as Graham's watch strap burst and it's not fixable.

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  4. As usual your cakes look amazing. You have managed to make the vanilla cup cakes look so exciting by the way you have arranged them. A belated happy birthday to your hubby.

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    1. Thankyou Mina I will pass on the message.

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  5. Feel like licking that buttercream, cupcakes looks adorable, i think i just cant stop with one.

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    1. Priya next time you come to UK I will bake them for you.

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  6. Lovely vanilla cup cakes.. will make them for my grand daughter when I visit in July.

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  7. Lucky Dad. A swanky new watch and some gorgeous cupcakes. I bet he loved his birthday :)

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  8. Awww these cakes are so cute! The recipe looks pretty simple. I'll give it a go...one day.

    mezmadeup.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. Yum they look delicious! I like the idea of putting malteasers on top.

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  10. The cupcakes look beautiful! Do you think they would work with gluten-free flour?

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  11. What a lovely sight for your husband to see on his birthday - those cupcakes look yummy!

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    1. Yes he was pleased as the girls were were so excited to give him the cakes.

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  12. A lucky man to get that watch!

    Cakes look amazing! Mouth is slightly watering now! I keep meaning to make home made cakes but never get round to it :-(

    Laura x x x

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    1. Laura these only took about 45 mins to make, including decoration.

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  13. delicious cupcakes and even more special when made by kids.

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  14. Gorgeous looking cakes and your phptos are fab as ever. Do you use something to get the background so clean and white looking?

    Thanks x x

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    1. I use white card or white sheet to get white back grounds.

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  15. These sound very yummy and a great present idea! I have pinned this as I'm especially impressed by the letters cut from a fondant sheet! x

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    1. The fondant sheets come in all colours but I think ours had dried out and kept crumbling when we were trying to cut them..

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  16. those cakes look so delicious!

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  17. Ooooh who doesn't like cake on their birthday? And homemade cake at that!! Your girls did a fab job with these.

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  18. These look delicious!

    Ashleigh

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  19. Ooh I love cupcakes and they look yummy! Baking with kids is a lovely personal touch for a special birthday treat!

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    1. It beats shop bought cakes any day and cup cakes are much easier to manage.

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  20. Oh these are a favourite of mine. Yours look so yummy x

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    1. I like vanilla cupcakes too , plain and simple but soft and spongy.

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  21. Great job, those cupcakes are so versatile.

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  22. Lovely cakes. I bet your kids' dad was really chuffed. Looks like your girls went to lots of effort.

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    1. They did and we really enjoyed them.

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  23. Those cupcakes looks amazing and I love the personalised decoration x

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  24. Your cakes look incredibly moreish Nayna. I do love simple vanilla buttercream cupcakes, my absolute fave. Love Tina @ The Spicy Pear

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  25. These look yummy! I like how they are laid out, great for a birthday!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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  26. It's 5:30am and I now now super hungry after reading the post lol! They look so yummy I want to Mae some now x

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  27. My OH loves maltesers and I don't know why I have never thought of popping them on top of a cupcake! Thank you for the inspiration x

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    1. Sweets are great way to decorate cakes.

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  28. They look SOOO good!! I need to make those!!!!
    xxx | daisydaisyxxo

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  29. They look SO good, I NEED to make those!!
    xxx | daisydaisyxxo

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  30. These look so good, I'm obsessed with making cupcakes at the moment, made some lemon drizzle cupcakes with a raspberry buttercream last week and they were delicious, much the same recipe as these but with the obvious additions :)

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    1. Gemma your combination sounds amazing.

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  31. The cakes look delicious. I am a sucker for cake!

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  32. That top picture looks just lovely Nayna

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  33. I really love vanilla in cakes and these ones look amazing! I bet your hubby was really chuffed with them :) I really like your cake plate too, really keen to get one of those.

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    1. Suzanne, I bought it at Christmas from their home ware section.

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  34. They look lovely! Your husband is a lucky man :)

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  35. A new watch and cakes sounds like a great birthday treat.

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  36. They look lovely.
    And you made all things colour coordinated, really nice.

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  37. They look really good and I could just eat cake now after seeing them!

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  38. They look delicious, I really need to start baking again!

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  39. They look gorgeous. I made some at work yesterday and was very impressed at how well they came out

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    1. Angela, so glad you were happy with them.

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  40. These look so yummy. The Daddy must have been super pleased.

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  41. lovely, I love a good cupcake!

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  42. I love the idea of cutting out the letters - so effective when decorated.

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  43. Stephanie Coals19 May 2014 at 00:00

    These cupcakes look gorgeous and relatively easy to make - even with my horrendous record in the kitchen i should be able to manage these!

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  44. These look very tasty! Cakes are my weakness...

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  45. Booked marked for Father's Day!

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  46. I am actually baking some of these today with my youngest daughter for grandma, who is not well at the mo! I'm sure they will cheer her up!

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  47. I want some of these!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  48. They look lovely - I really wish I had the ability to follow a recipe! Stephen :o)

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  49. They look great. Will have a go at making these with my niece.

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