After the latest series of The Great British Bake Off and the number of wonderful baking post I’ve seen recently I’ve felt really inspired to start baking again. Zoella posted a video recently for Pumpkin cupcakes with a cinnamon & cream cheese icing which got me thinking. If you’ve read any of my recent posts you’ll know about my love for Cinnamon, whether it’s Cinnamon buns, lattes or scented candles. A friend of mine gave me a recipe for Cinnamon cupcakes & I decided to give it a go.
Ingredients – 190g plain flour, 1.5 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon mixed with 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp salt, 115g unsalted butter, 200g caster sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 2 large eggs, 1 tsp ground cinnamon to decorate. For Icing – 3 large egg whites, 150g granulated sugar, 225g unsalted butter and 1 tsp vanilla extract (makes 12 cupcakes).
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/ Gas Mark 4
- Sift together the flour, baking powder, mixed spices and salt.
- Put the butter and caster sugar in a separate bowl. Add the vanilla and then the eggs, on at a time beating after each addition.
- Add half of the flour mixture and beat until combined, then add the remaining flour. At this point I decided to add 4 tbsp milk, but this wasn’t included in the original recipe.
- Spoon the batter into your cupcake cases & you are good to go! Leave your cupcakes to bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes until they rise and are golden.
- To make the icing put the egg whites and granulated sugar in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water and whisk until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and whisk for 5 minutes. Next add the butter gradually and beat until it holds stiff peaks, then finally add the vanilla.
- As I didn’t have any piping bags I spooned the icing onto the cupcakes and smoothed it out using a spatula, then sprinkled each cupcake with the ground cinnamon.
I was a little bit miffed as I overfilled the cases a little, which made the cupcakes a slightly peculiar shape. But all in all I really liked them, as the cinnamon & nutmeg within the batter gave the cakes a lovely flavour. I definitely want to do some more baking so I’ve decided I’m going to invest in some proper piping bags to improve my decoration/presentation.
I’d love to hear if any of you have any baking tips, or any nice recipe books you’d recommend?