A colleague is about to get married, and just before she finished work for a few weeks her team decided to throw her a bridal morning tea. They asked me to supply some cupcakes if possible, and of course I agreed! So last week we all brought in a plate of food and turned one of the conference rooms into a girly, high tea style, bridal party room.
I wanted to make something ‘pretty’ and appropriate, but I was limited by the time and ingredients that I had available, so I decided on vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream but with a girly decorative twist. I’ve started experimenting with the piped buttercream icing, and I’m learning how to make the cakes look somewhat like roses! (added chocolate heart shapes and silver cachous for extra pretty)
The cakes themselves were very easy:
250g soft butter
2 cups caster sugar
3 cups self-raising flour
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 180C. Cream butter, add sugar and vanilla, cream again. Add eggs one at a time, beating briefly after each addition. Mix in half the flour. Add the rest of the flour and the milk, and mix until just combined. Fill cupcake tray sections about 2/3 full. Bake for about 20-25 minutes.
Standard vanilla buttercream icing was used, and the secret to the ‘roses’ is to pipe in a circular pattern starting from the middle moving outwards.
They went down a treat!