This post was published prior to me becoming vegan.
There’s nothing more fun than baking with my kid and cupcakes were the order of the day today!
Using the BBC Good Food’s Amazing Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe, Oliver and I prepared to bake!
It’s such a pleasure baking and cooking with my 3 and a half year old and it constantly amazes me what a confident little chef he is. For a treat before bed (he’s even in his PJ’s as you can see), we made some cupcakes ready for his summer camp pack lunch box tomorrow!
He did make me laugh as we arranged our ingredient when he remarked, “We need vanilla lessons Mummy” meaning vanilla essence!
Oliver is totally competent at cracking eggs solo and he measures, stirs and whisks all on his own. I am beyond proud and think the foody genes have well and truly been passed down to him from both sides of the family!
100g plain flour
20g cocoa powder (I used cadbury bourneville)
140g caster sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
a pinch of salt
40g unsalted butter (essential that it is at room temperature)
120ml whole milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
a 12-hole cupcake tray, lined with paper cases
Preheat the oven to 170C (325F) Gas 3.
Pour out the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter in a free standing electric mixer with paddle attachment or you can use a handheld electric whisk like us and beat on a slowly until you get a sandy consistency and all the ingredients are combined.
Then whisk the milk, egg and vanilla extract together in a jug and slowly pour about half into the flour mixture, beat to combine and turn the mixer up to high speed or beat faster (scraping any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula).
Continue mixing/beating for a couple more minutes until the mixture is as smooth as possible. Do not over mix.
Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until they are two-thirds full and bake in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the sponge bounces back when touched. An inserted skewer in the center should come out clean. Leave the cupcakes to cool slightly in the tray before turning out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
When the cupcakes are cooled you can add melted chocolate and strawberries like us or icing…or simply eat as they are! Totally scrumptious, quick to make and perfect for little people who love to bake!
Oliver was such a good boy and although he’s proudly showing the camera what he made, he announced,