Recipe of the Week: Midsummer Night Cupcakes

Our summer of baking has come to an end! We've cooked up all sorts of wonders over the past six weeks, but we thought we'd finish on a classic, simple recipe: cupcakes! A perfect opportunity for some creative decorating, these cupcakes were a big hit on our Shakespeare themed day in Harrogate this week. We add a small pinch of lemon zest to give them a bit of zing :)

(P.S. We'll be back in Harrogate and Leeds this upcoming October half term, plus a brand new venue in Thirsk! Check dates and get booking here.)

First things first! Whatever we make, we want it to be as delicious as possible; that means working with sparkling clean hands. Give them a wash and then - apron on!

INGREDIENTS (makes about 6 cupcakes)
50g butter
50g caster sugar
50g self raising flour
1 egg
grated lemon zest
Sprinkles and icing for decoration

STEP 1: Cream the butter and sugar

Pop the butter and sugar into a bowl and use a wooden spoon to cream the mixture. Creaming is a lot like mixing; you want to stir the two ingredients firmly together. You'll know it's ready when the mix looks light in colour and fluffy in texture.

Tip: Using room temperature butter is A LOT easier, so remember to take it out the fridge an hour or so before cooking!

STEP 2: Add egg, flour and lemon zest

Beat an egg in a small bowl or jug and add to the butter/sugar mix. Give it a quick stir (it will look a bit horrible and lumpy at this point but that's fine!) before adding in the self raising flour and lemon zest. Stir until combined and the mixture is smooth. 

Tip: You can use a sieve to sift in the flour if you like. It's not necessary but it removes all lumps and adds air to the mixture, meaning your cupcakes will be extra light!

STEP 3: Spoon into cupcake cases and BAKE!

Use a metal spoon to transfer the mix into cupcake cases. Place into a preheated oven at 170c for 15-25 minutes, until nicely brown.

Tip: We like to spoon in the mix one spoonful at a time, so that each case has exactly the same amount in. This means they will all cook at exactly the same rate.

STEP 4: Have A LOT of fun decorating!

One the cupcakes are out of the oven, leave them to cool before getting stuck in with the decorating! This is a lot of fun and a great opportunity to let your creative juices flow. We like to add icing (icing sugar and water), buttercream (butter and icing), chopped fruit or just good old fashioned sprinkles! They are your cupcakes, so go for whatever you like best!

Thank you to all our chefs and their parents for a wonderful summer of cooking, baking, games and learning. We have loved cooking with each and every one of you and hope to see you in October half term!

Love from Ruth and the Stir Krazy Kids Team x