I don't often make cupcakes. I am not a huge fan of them to be honest, although they do look so pretty and tempting. However, a while back I bought a set of large piping nozzles from Lakeland and I wanted to try them out.
I got in touch with Prezzybox and asked them if they could send me one of their Mini Cupcake Makers to try and before I knew it, it had arrived, all pink and pretty.
Cooper was very excited to try it out. Every time I turned round he would be following me with the box. He couldn't wait for the weekend to come and the making of the cakes.
The Mini Cupcake Maker is super easy to use. When you take it out of the box, give it a quick clean then wipe it over with the smallest amount of oil and switch it on to heat up. This takes about 5 minutes. Then spoon your cake mix in, until each well is 2⁄3 full (there is no need to use cases, although you can if you wish). Shut the lid and leave the cakes to bake for 8-12 minutes and voila. The cutest little cupcakes that just slide out of the wells.
I used the recipe on the box for my first trial, just adding a little vanilla for extra flavour. I was very pleased with them. A good basic recipe to start with. I piped orange flavoured butter icing onto the cupcakes once they were cool. What a diffence it makes using a decent sized nozzle. It make icing the cakes a breeze. The icing wasn't perfect, but much better than my previous attempts.
Mini Vanilla Cupcakes
A good basic vanilla cupcake mix.
- 125g soft, unsalted butter
- 125g caster sugar
- 2 large free range eggs
- 125g self-raising flour
- 1 tbsp milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Add your butter and sugar to a stand mixer and mix until pale and fluffy. (You can do this by hand or use an electric hand whisk)2. Add the vanilla, milk, eggs and flour and mix until combined. Do not overmix as this will result in a heavy cupcake.3. Spoon some of your cake mix into each of the wells until they are about two thirds full.4. Bake for 8-12 minutes until a skewer inserted into one of the cakes comes out clean.5. Slide out of the wells and leave to cool on a rack before icing.notes: If you are baking these cupcakes in an oven. Spoon the mixture into cases and bake at 325f/160c/140c fan/gas 3 for about 16 minutes. Do the skewer test with these too.I have given the time for one batch of cupcakes using the cupcake maker.
DetailsTotal time: Yield: 18 mini cupcakes
Orange Butter Icing
Fresh orange juice and orange peel give this butter icing a lovely subtle orange flavour.
- 150g soft, unsalted butter
- 300g icing sugar (confectioners' sugar)
- 3 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
- finely grated peel from 1 orange
1. Whizz the butter in a stand mixer (you can also use a whisk or an electric hand whisk) until really soft.2. While the butter is whizzing gradually add the icing suagr, orange juice and peel. Whizz until smooth.3. Pipe onto your cupcakes preferably using a disposable piping bag (less washing up) and a large nozzle (gives a more professional finish).4. Top with a wee chocolate decoration or any other decoration you prefer.
DetailsTotal time: Yield: enough for 18 mini cupcakes
The Mini Cupcake Maker from Prezzybox, comes in at a bargian price of £19.95. They also have a large selection of other Cupcake Goodies.
Disclosure Statement: I received this mini cupcake maker free from Prezzybox to review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.