Flower & Flour | Bicostal Kitchen (the baking challenge)

WEEK TWO / RECIPE TWO

#HOTANDHORNBY

 

This week's challenge - cupcakes. I'm not sure why, but I've never been a huge fan of cupcakes. I can't tell you the exact reason because I love all things mini! Mini loaves of banana bread, mini cheesecakes, mini croissants, mini pies...MINI CAKES. Some would even argue that cupcakes are a form of mini cakes. So what's my thing against cupcakes? Who knows...let's get back to this week's challenge. Jane Hornby's "Fruity Cupcakes".

Joe is somewhat in the same boat with me when it comes to cupcakes. So this week's challenge left us uninspired but, as per usual us whisk takers whipped up something different and delicious. #hairflip

These cupcakes were easy to whip up and Hornby's base batter is delicious. Before getting into this recipe, I'd like to give one little tip.

  • Don't over mix! Hornby instructs us bakers to mix several times. If you're not careful you can over mix your batter. Over mixing will give you the dreaded dome! I saw this happen to one of my cupcakes (partly because I over filled the tin) and Joe saw this start to happen to one of his.

Week 2 - "Fruity Cupcakes" - by Jane hornby

Photo by Shanel | Vanilla Cupcakes with Blueberry + Lavender Frosting | "Fruity Cupcakes"

Photo by Shanel | Vanilla Cupcakes with Blueberry + Lavender Frosting | "Fruity Cupcakes"

Recipe:
For the cakes:
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) room temp butter
  • 3/4 cups of sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup AP flour
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, room temp
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
Steps: (this my edited version of Hornby's steps)
  1. Preheat the ovento 350 degrees. Line your pan with 12 paper cupcakes. Beat the sugar and butter until pale and creamy.
  2. In a separate bowl mix together your dry ingredients (flour, cornstarch, butter, salt) Then add half of this mixture to your butter and sugar. Add your eggs and half of the milk as well.
  3. Beat the ingredients together until creamy and smooth. Once smooth add the rest of flour mixture and milk. Beat until creamy again
  4. Fill batter into prepared pan and bake for 18-20 mins or until cupcakes are an even color and pass the toothpick test.

This week's adaptations to Hornby's recipe were centered around frosting. Her batter is delicious but I added extra vanilla in mine to give it a stronger vanilla flavor and compliment my frosting(s). Joe skipped the fruit this week and topped his with a cookies and cream inspired frosting. I figured since Hornby drizzled hers with a fruit glaze I could do a fruity frosting. The one pictured above is a blueberry + lavender buttercream frosting. The one below is a cream cheese frosting with blueberry drizzle + heart sprinkles (to get into the mood for Valentine's Day).

 
Photo & Adaptation by Shanel Marie

Photo & Adaptation by Shanel Marie

Photo and Adaptation by Joe Amella Jr

Photo and Adaptation by Joe Amella Jr

Till Next Week!

 

xo
SM&JA