Orange fairy cupcakes

I have been baking cupcakes at home last month instead of paying for them at the shops. Cupcakes are quick and fun to make especially if you have a mixer at home. This recipe makes nice buttery cupcakes with orange flavour. Bake a big batch of them then you will have enough desserts to last a whole week (well, almost).

Makes 6 muffin size cupcakes or 15 small cupcakes:

  • 115g butter, softened to room temperate
  • 112g caster sugar
  • half teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, light beaten
  • 220g self-raising flour, sifted
  • 145ml milk
  • zests from 2 oranges (wax-free oranges)
  • 3/4 cup thickened cream
  • 1 teaspoon icing sugar
  • some marmalade

1. Preheat the oven to 200 degree Celsius. Line the muffin pan with cupcake cases (optional, I didn't use them but only buttered the pan lightly to prevent sticking).

2. Beat butter, sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer until light and creamy. Add the orange zests and gradually beat in eggs. Beat thoroughly.

3. Add half the flour and half the milk. Stir slowly by a rubber spatula. Repeat with remaining flour and milk and mix them with the rubber spatula. Then beat with the mixer for just a few seconds to thoroughly combine the ingredients but do not overbeat the mixture.

3. Divide the mixture evenly into the muffin pan. Bake for 15-25 minutes, depending on what size your cupcakes are. The cupcakes are ready when a knife or skewer inserted into the centre of a cake comes out clean.

4. Cool the cakes before cutting and filling. Use a sharp pairing knife, hold it at a downward angle and cut a round cap from the top of each cupcake.

5. Whip the cream with icing sugar until thick. Place some whipped cream in each cake. Spread some marmalade on the round caps before putting them on top of the cream on each cake.

6. Store leftover cakes in airtight container in the fridge.

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