It all began with the Earl Grey Tea cupcakes. I was given the recipe by a friend – they were amazing, and I was hooked.
Previously I preferred to cook savoury dishes and regular cakes and hadn’t really got into the cupcake craze, but I started making these cupcakes all the time. I initially made them with a simple lemon icing glaze rather than lemon buttercream – I was not yet confident with a buttercream – either way is delicious.
Then I started experimenting with variations on a theme. Vanilla. Chocolate. Chai cupcakes with cinnamon icing. Gin & tonic cupcakes. It’s a great basic recipe that can be varied to suit almost anything, and is almost foolproof. Then I started making cupcakes from regular cake recipes. Some of these experiments worked better than others, but in the end it’s all cake and it tastes good even if it looks a little strange; I was never short of taste test volunteers.
These days I tend towards a batch of cupcakes if I’m making something for friends, family or colleagues – they are perfect for sharing – however I will still go back to a full size cake if it feels right for the occasion.