I’m here, I’m here! Apologies its been so long since my last post I have had a very busy few weeks since the start of November as a couple of weeks were spent in Australia (where I still didn’t manage to escape baking – I will post about that in a few weeks) and it seems to have been non-stop with one thing or another since I got back. Anyway we were expecting snow here today which never really arrived other than a light shower so I thought I would do a bit of baking and something ‘Christmassy’ so here is a recipe I got from The Baking Explorer
- 175g Butter
- 75g Light brown sugar
- 100g Golden syrup
- 3 Eggs, large
- 175g Self raising flour
- 1tsp Ground ginger
- 1tsp Ground mixed spice
- 200g Butter
- 400g Icing sugar
- 1.5tsp Vanilla extract
- 1.5tsp Ground ginger
Start by pre-heating oven to 160C Fan / 180C / 350F / Gas 4, and line a muffin tin with cupcake cases. Melt the butter, light brown sugar and golden syrup together in a pan on a low heat then let it cool for 5 minutes.
In a large mixing bowl whisk the eggs together before adding the cooled butter, sugar and syrup mixture then whisk it together. Sieve in the ground ginger, mixed spice and flour then fold it in until everything is incorporated.
Divide the mixture equally between the cupcakes cases then bake them for 20 minutes until they are golden brown (mine were actually done in about 16 minutes so make sure you keep an eye on them! Take them out of the oven and let them cool fully before you decorate them. You can tell which side of my oven is hotter!
To make the buttercream use an electric hand mixer to beat together the butter, icing sugar, vanilla extract and ground ginger until smooth. Try not to do as I do which is get a layer of icing sugar everywhere! I actually added a little milk to the mixture as it was quite a stiff buttercream so wouldn’t have been easy to pipe.
Pipe or spread the buttercream onto the cupcakes (I’ve still not practiced my icing as you can see…), then add gingerbread man icing shapes if you can find them. I just got mine from Morrisons – they are so cute!
These cakes were a nice winter, Christmas flavour with the ginger and mixed spice. I’m sure they would have been lovely with a mulled wine! Definitely give these a try they were pretty easy to make – just watch the oven timings.