It’s Lisa’s birthday today, and in accordance with the traditions of birthday tradition, I spent the morning baking cakes for her. She wanted me to make cupcakes, but couldn’t decide which types she wanted, so I used my own judgement to decide in the end.
First up; honey and granola cupcakes, with blueberries!
These are sweet, but have a nice texture from the granola (although I milled it by hand before stirring into the cake mix to reduce the particle size; they would have been horribly lumpy otherwise).
The other cakes I made by taking a basic cupcake mix and tossing in a handful of chopped raspberries and blackberries to flavour the mixture. Half of them were iced and topped with a blackberry for a basic cupcake.
The other half had a scoop of cake cut from the top which was filled with raspberry conserve, chilled to set it a bit, and then iced.
So, those are the first cupcakes I’ve ever made and iced. In spite of the repeated warnings throughout the cookbook about how desperately hard it can be to get a cupcake right, I found it pretty easy going, aside from getting the granola ones into their cake moulds. The very low temperature of the oven meant that cooking them was a zero-stress doddle. I think we can chalk it up as a success.
Lisa seemed to enjoy them anyway…