Strawberry & Vanilla Cupcakes

Morgan is a year and a half, it is such a fun age. She is so much fun to interact with and watching her grow and learn is so exciting. But one thing that I have been anxious for is for Morgan to be old enough to start cooking with me. But even though she is still young I have decided it is never to early to start. So last week we embarked on our first baking adventure together. And Baking Mad was kind enough to provide Morgan and I some great cupcake accessories to play with.

Baking Mad is a fantastic website that you really should check out. Not only does it have wonderful cupcake recipes, but it also has other fantastic meal ideas and videos that actually teach you basic cooking methods. There is even a fantastic video on how to make cupcakes. They also have a wonderful section on their website all about baking with your kids.

My first baking experience with my daughter wasn’t quite as engaged as I would like, but being that she is a year and a half I can’t expect too much help coming on her end. But we had fun and the cheeky monkey even snuck a few cupcakes off the counter when her mummy wasn’t looking so I know she at least enjoyed part of it.

Strawberry & Vanilla Cupcakes

200g (1 c.) Caster Sugar
76g (1/3 c.) butter unsalted, softened
240g (2 c.) plain white flour
pinch of salt
3 tsp baking powder
240mL (1 c.) milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 egg

125g (1 c.) icing sugar
15mL (1 Tbps) warm water
100 grams (1/2 c.) butter unsalted, softened
Strawberry Flavour Buttons (Silver Spoon Create)
Recipe adapted from Baking Mad


Preheat the oven to 190 C (375 F) , and line a 12 bun muffin tin with muffin cases, or use a silicon muffin tin.
Using a hand held electric whip together the butter and sugar.

Slowly add in the flour, baking powder and salt on 
a low speed until it is the texture of breadcrumbs. Put the eggs in a jug and whisk by hand. Add the milk and vanilla and mix together. Pour the milk mixture in to the dry ingredients & mix on low speed until mixed and then increase the speed until
 smooth & thick.

Spoon the mixture into the muffin tray until 1/2 full. Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes or until risen and springy to the touch. Leave to cool slightly and then place on a wire rack

Add the strawberry buttons to a microwave safe bowl and in short 30 second burst, stirring each time, melt them until smooth.

Mix the icing sugar and water by hand to form a paste, then add the butter, mixing
slowly, add the melted strawberry buttons and then increase the speed to high and whisk until soft & fluffy

Top the cooled cupcakes with frosting with either a knife or a icing applicator.

She might have not wanted to do much helping when it cake to mixing or measuring but she loved filling the muffin tins with paper muffin wrappers. But she looked so cute in her apron that my mom made her I can’t wait to bake with her again.

Strawberry & Vanilla Cupcakes
Recipe type: Baking
Cuisine: Dessert
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • 240g (2 c.) plain white flour
  • 200g (1 c.) caster sugar
  • 76g (1/3 c.) butter unsalted, softened
  • pinch of salt
  • 120mL (1/2 c.) milk
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 egg
  • 125g (1 c.) icing sugar
  • 15mL (1 Tbps) warm water
  • 100g (1/2 c.) butter unsalted, softened
  • Strawberry Flavour Buttons (Silver Spoon Create)
  • Recipe adapted from Baking Mad
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 190 C (375 F), and line a 12 bun muffin tin with muffin cases.
  2. Using a hand held electric whip together the butter and sugar.
  3. Slowly add in the flour, baking powder and salt on 
a low speed until it is the texture of breadcrumbs
  4. Put the eggs in a jug and whisk by hand. Add the milk and vanilla and mix together.
  5. Pour the milk mixture in to the dry ingredients & mix on low speed until mixed and then increase the speed until 
smooth & thick
  6. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until ½ full.
  7. Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes or until risen and springy to the touch.
  8. Leave to cool slightly and then place on a wire rack
  9. Add the strawberry buttons to a microwave safe bowl and in short 30 second burst, stirring each time, melt them until smooth.
  10. Mix the icing sugar and water by hand to form a paste, then add the butter, mixing
slowly, add the melted strawberry buttons and then increase the speed to high and whisk until soft & fluffy
  11. Top the cooled cupcakes with frosting.

 

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3 Responses to Strawberry & Vanilla Cupcakes

  1. How fun! Look at her cutey cheeks! I didn’t realize how close our daughters were in age. Em is 16 months. I haven’t tried baking or cooking with her yet. But i have set her high chair next to us when making cookies with nearly-5-year-old J. She seems intrigued (and jealous of his amazing egg-cracking abilities!). These cupcakes look delicious. I love strawberry anything. Yummers!

    • Laura says:

      Oh I didn’t know our girls were that close in age. I can’t wait until she is a bit older. She loves cooking in her play kitchen and she is always getting us to “taste” her play food. It is going to be fun. :)

  2. Mmm what a perfectly simple cupcake with some of my favorite flavors, and such pretty pink icing! I’m sure the little one love joining you in the kitchen :)

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