I like to make cakes and cakes are perfect to say thank you, to cheer you up or simply to share with a cup of tea!

I am seeing a friend for coffee later this afternoon and thought cakes would be nice to share. I like making simple cupcakes, but allow a little time to decorate them, they can look so different every time.

A very simple rule when try to doing anything with children, if you want perfection wait till they are in bed or you let children help and be happy with the results!

Cake making and decorating does need a little time but the actual cakes are simple for children to help with:

Makes 12

All ingredients should be a room temperature;

125g butter

125g caster sugar

2 eggs, whisked

125g self raising flour

Pre heat the oven to 190C

I use a free standing mixer, but this will work just as well with a wooden spoon and a bowl or a hand held mixer.

Beat the butter and sugar until pale in colour.

Next add about a third of the egg mixture, I use a slow speed and then once combined speed up to fast. I then add the next third in the same way. If at any time the mixture looks like it may curdle add a tablespoon or so of flour.

Slow the speed of the mixer down again to add the flour, or if using a wooden spoon, fold in (once round the bowl and then through the middle) Add the flour about half at a time speeding the mixer up, or beating once the flour is combined.

Place cupcake cases into a muffin tin and carefully add a spoonful of the cake mixture to each case evenly.

Bake in a pre heated oven for 15-20 minutes until golden.

The once cold decorate…

There are no limits to what you can do and many great ideas on the internet, it all depends on your time and patience (or helper!)

I don’t usually have the heart to say ‘no’ to my children when they want to help, so my three year old helped out here. We used a pastry cutter to cut roller out regal icing and then a stencil to apply coloured butter icing.

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Not quite perfect, but I am sure they will taste good with coffee. Guin was very pleased with the results and it took just a little longer to finish and tidy up. Time well spent though!


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