Monday, July 02, 2012

Delightful vanilla-raspberry cupcakes


Sometimes I just want sugar.  Any form.  Any colour.  When there’s nothing in the cupboards, I absolutely just have to bake something.  Anything.  Anytime.  I’ve been known to make cakes at midnight…and eat them an hour later.  Sad I know.

One of my favourite vanilla cupcake recipes based on the vanilla fairy cake recipe from the Peyton and Bryne British Baking book.  It’s an easy and quick recipe which produces a light and relatively moist crumb.

I also threw in the squishy raspberries  from the back of the fridge that no one wanted to eat.

This is what I used:
100g softened unsalted butter
175g home-made vanilla sugar
2 medium eggs
150 self-raising flour
2 tsps vanilla extract (I like a strong vanilla hit)
60ml natural yogurt
Roughly 150g of squishy raspberries
12-hole cupcake tray lined with 12 cupcake cases

What I did:
1. Line cupcake tray with cupcake cases

2. Preheat the oven to 170C

3. Cream the butter and sugar until pale, light and fluffy using an electric appliance if you still want to have some feeling left in your arm after this

4. Add the eggs to the creamed butter and sugar and mix well

5. Add the vanilla extract and yogurt to the batter and mix well (lots of mixing going on…)

6. Fold the flour into the batter

7. Drop 1 to 2 raspberries into each hole in the cupcake tray.

8. Fill each cupcake case two-thirds full

9. Bake for about 15 minutes or until a skewer comes out relatively clean.  A few crumbs might cling to it but it should be fine.

10. Dust with icing sugar or decorate as you please

The cupcakes smelt beautiful while cooking and came out a little sunken due to the moisture in the raspberries – so I hid them under a mountain of …raspberries!
Heaven. 
Anyone else with a sugar addiction?

31 comments:

  1. Looks so pretty with the Raspberries and the polka dots cupcakes cases :)

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  2. Everything4sweets: Thanks!
    Mochachocolata Rita: Another one of my addictions too!
    Matt: thanks!

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  3. Vanilla Fairy Cake. Almost sound so magical, like something I'd dream of and wake up drooling all over my pillow. Sad, I know. ;D Are they fluffy? Are they super sweet?

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    1. Finally these darn 'reply' links work! Hmmm, drooling on pillow = not pretty! hehe. They were very fluffy and not overly sweet. Though they probably needed a bit of a stronger crumb I think.

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    2. The first time they worked on my blog, I was exhilarated too!

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  4. PencilKitchen: What is with this 'reply' thing. Used to work, didn't work, worked for 2 replies, didn't work and after 1000 tries, it works again. Grrr.

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  5. Wow! I want raspberries! Its hard to find them here! In fact im searching for some to make raspberry vinegar! hahahaha

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  6. I love raspberries.I can not wait until the Season.Sounds delicious.

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  7. Noelia: Raspberry vinegar? Sounds....sour!

    Sylvia: Me too but it's hard to find nice ones. Some are quite tasteless.

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  8. I think these cupcakes are just perfect to solve my sweet craving now. Raspberries are expensive here. Hopefully I can grab some good deals during its season. ;)

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    1. It's raspberry season over here. A bit cheaper than usual but still more expensive than your average apple!

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  9. I love berries and when put on a cake they add so much more taste!

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    1. Me too! Though sometimes it seems like a waste to cook them instead of eating them fresh!

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  10. Mmmm ... our raspberry bushes yielded a lot in June and if the autumn ones bear fruit - these will be made. Sugar is very near and dear to me. Although I don't bake at midnight. Because I'm not awake!

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    1. Must be great to have raspberry bushes! Hope you get a great harvest!

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  11. I would love to be your neighbor because I would be there at midnight to bake much more to eat. I think coming from a sugar plantation area in the Philippines, our love for sugar is given. Like a badge that follow us wherever we are haha.

    Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words,
    Malou

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    1. Hey there! Hehe - my neighbours say that they are getting fat as I give them a lot of what I bake so that I don't have to eat it all myself:-)
      Congrats again!

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  12. not sad at all! i rarely do eat sugar these days but when i do, i love it! hehe, every bite. And this looks like THE cake to indulge at midnight. very nigella lawson :)

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    1. I should cut down! Well, at least there were fruits in the cake!

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  13. You are very generous with the raspberries :)

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    1. I love raspberries - enjoyed drowning the cupcakes in them :-)

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  14. me!!!
    I have a sweet tooth... and I love anything sweet
    ahhh.. I would love to have fresh raspberries with my dessert (we only have frozen ones here)

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    1. Hehe - the scary thing is I have a sweet and savory tooth which means I crave everything and eat anything :-)

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  15. mmmm...how cool is it to use your girl homemade vanilla extract. I bet you took a couple of them. haha... They are really pretty & inviting.
    Hope you're having a wonderful day.
    Kristy

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    1. Thanks Kristy! I'm having a lovely day!

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  16. I love raspberries (I have a sweet toth) Looks delicious

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  17. Me too! I have a super sweet tooth!

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