I often post pictures of the food I make on my Facebook page. This has caused one of my friends to constantly ask me (jokingly) to cook something for him. I keep promising I will and despite seeing him every Tuesday for the last 3 years for rugby AND working in the same building as him I never did! Eeeeks. Till now. For his birthday I made mini cakes decorated with home-made vanilla buttercream frosting, blue glitter frosting, and mini m&ms. In other words… They looked like something a 2 year old would have done (as you can see from the one I made for myself on the left!)… BUT they tasted pretty darn good, were easy to make, and reasonably light (due to size NOT ingredients!)
So anyways… you ask mini-cakes… aren’t those just cupcakes? Well yes, but since I didn’t have wrappers and self-rising flour… they came out looking like mini-cakes rather than cupcakes… and so mini cakes it is! Sometimes a girl just gets lazy and makes do with what is already in the house…! Besides… I baked these things at 10 o clock at night AFTER work and football practice… going to the supermarket just to make traditional cupcakes might have taken things a bit far. lol.
To make 12 mini cakes / cupcakes you will need the following:
- 1 and 1/3 cups flour
- 110 grams butter
- 1 cup caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- couple drops of vanilla extract
Butter Cream Frosting ingredients
- 110 grams of softened butter
- 3 to 4 cups of icing sugar
- few drops of vanilla extract
Basically as always its pretty simple. In a bowl cream together the butter and sugar (helps if the butter is softened) – it should be nice fluffy. Then add in the eggs and stir. Then slowly add in the flour, and then a little of the milk, bits at a time. Finally add in the vanilla extract. Stir this all together until smooth.
Then pour into muffin holes, about three-quarters the way to the top, add bake for about 20 mins.
Let the the cakes cool – in the mean time get your frosting ready.
To make the frosting whip the butter a little and then slowly bit by bit add in the icing sugar until you have the right taste and texture. Finish with a little vanilla extract.
When the cakes are cooled decorate! I used mini m&ms and glitter frosting!