Its been a while.
The mum and dad taxi service has been pretty hectic over the past couple of weeks since returning from our holiday. Our eldest has been doing a few dance exams with mock trials beforehand and Noah, the busy socialite that he is, has had many birthday parties. Of which one lovely mum actually baked Noah his own gluten free cake!! Progress at last. Needless to say I was very thankful.
Baking hasn’t ceased though, as you will see from the social media time lines. But trying to ‘pen’ a blog post has proved a little tricky. I guess like most, there are times when you hit a wall, words don’t seem to flow. But cake will always provide the inspiration 🙂
These little cupcakes were just for a bit of fun. Clearly inspired from the fact that today is July 4th American Independence Day. A lot of red, white and blue from our friends across the ‘pond’.
I made these fairly quickly – time was not on my side, it just goes to show that baking needn’t take all day 🙂 – and used the all-in-one method of mixing.
Pre-heat the oven to 170c
Line a 12 hole muffin tray with muffin cases and then make the mix.
150g Gluten Free Self Raising Flour – Dove Farm
150g soft butter
140g caster sugar
3 eggs – large
Drop of Blue Colouring – I used Rainbow Dust
1/2 tsp baking powder
10 drops of Foodie Flavours Bubble Gum flavouring
Mix these ingredients all together until mixed well. I used a table top food mixer with a beater for about 4 minutes on number 7.
Spoon into the cupcake cases and bake for about 20 minutes, 170c. Test with a skewer and if it comes out clean, they are done.
Leave to cool before icing
200g (approx.) icing sugar to finish, plus Rainbow Dust – Red and Blue ProGel colouring
I used a plain water (glace) icing to top these as it’s a favourite with Noah and a pleasant surprise for when he and his sister come home from school later. So firstly dissolve 120g of icing sugar, with a little warm water until you have a thick paste. If you add too much water just add a little more icing sugar until you have a thick paste. I used Tala disposable piping bags to pipe on top of the cupcakes for a more even distribution of the icing. But you could just spoon it on 🙂 Then take roughly half of the remaining icing to make some red coloured icing and make as with the plain icing, Then pipe this over as the photo. Then make the blue icing and pipe in the opposite direction.
Happy July 4th to all my American readers from across the world. Thanks for reading.