My best friend made these for my bridal shower and they were really great! The best part was decorating them, they were the most beautiful "cupcakes" I'd ever seen. the recipe is from the cookbook "How To Be a Domestic Goddess" by Nigella Lawson.
- Ready In:
- 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 7 tablespoons sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 3⁄4 cup self-rising cake flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 -3 tablespoons milk
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 egg white
- 3 -4 drops lemon juice
- food coloring
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Line a 12 cup muffin tin with baking cups.
- Put all the ingredients except for the milk into a food processor and blend until smooth. Pulse while adding the milk down the funnel to make for a soft consistency.
- It doesn't seem like enough, but you can get enough into each baking cup, just scrape it all out and try to fill each one equally.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until they are golden on top.
- Cool on a wire rack, but remove from the tin as soon as possible.
- Before you decorate, slice off any mounded tops so you have a flat surface to decorate. Icing: Mix the sugar, egg white and lemon juice in a small bowl until smooth and creamy, it should have the consistency of heavy cream I always break the batch into smaller batches so I can have different colors When my girlfriend made these for my shower, she frosted them with a bright pink icing, sprinkled them with iridescent edible glitter and topped it with an edible (gum paste) rosebud.
- Very very cute!
- In the cookbook they show them topped with rosebuds and little sugared daisies and fresh berries and they even made a spiderweb with black and white icing.
- Use your imagination, the flat tops give lots of room to be creative!
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After reading the reviews I was looking forward to great cupcakes. But I was disappointed. I had made three batches of cupcakes: two from mixes and this recipe. The other two batches got better reactions than this one! Any cupcake looks cute with fresh berries and sugared daisies, so the appearance was not the issue for me. They weren't horrible, but I will not make these again.Reply
These cakes are beautiful to look at (super-white and bright icing that can be topped with nearly anything!), but aren't my fave to eat. I think the biggest thing for me is the icing, which is just a pretty standard royal icing recipe. In my opinion they dry out the the cake, if not eaten quickly enough. I made some for my brother's birthday, and many of them were left behind uneaten as the icing hardened to a very sweet slab. I will make these again and just play around with a different icing. Thanks Miss Erin--I do enjoy most of Nigella's recipes!Reply