My Love for CupCakes is getting shape

I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE cupcakes. The sight of them makes me happy. They are the cutest little treats! And even more important, they are the most delicious things there are in the world :)

Just before I left Australia to head back to the Netherlands for another 'move adventure' I bought a few books about cupcakes with the idea that I should finally try to make them myself this time and not just buy and eat them from the shops.

So now that I'm back in the Netherlands (although yet without the books) I have made my first ever cupcake! Well, about 20 of them :) I bought the batter in this cute little shop in The Hague: 'Cake, Bake & Love' that is conveniently situated next door to a great friend of mine. They have a sort of ready to make batter and icing. Which means I only have to add some butter, eggs and water.

So... on this gloriously cold and rainy day I sat out to make me some cupcakes! It was just too easy with this cupcakemix. I didn'r realise I only had a cupcake tray for 12 cupcakes and I was making about 24 of them. So I ended up doing two batches, which was brilliant as I added some good chocolate (cocoa powder) in the second batch. No idea how much, thus I went to look it up on internet and didn't get a good answer. So, I just added 2 table spoons which did the trick: they came out yummy!

The vanilla cupcakes caved in a bit when I took them out of the oven. A friend told me that it might help not to get them out of the oven right away, but open the door to cool them slowely and then take them out. The chocolate cupcakes stayed up a bit more (thoudh hadn't done anything different, as I know of).

Then was the time to make my buttercream frosting: yummm! Which again with a ready made mix (adding butter and water) was easy as hell! I got it in the piping bag with not too much difficulty and then...

Disaster! How the hell do I get one of those really nice big swirly toppings :( I think my tip of the pipingbag was just too small, but I ended up doing a flower type frosting which looked not too bad. I sprinkled some with blue sprinkles to bring to a babyboy visit and decked the others out differently!

I must say the ones with the purple and pink hearts came out the best (the flower like frosting).

I bought some more stuff to make another batch soon! Some different flavours to use, some colouring (pink!) and more cakemix! I'll post them on here as well.

I'm also going to my first ever cupcake workshop on the 22nd of January and am curious what I make/bake after that!

Door mascha
Op: Dec 23, 2012
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