Cupcakes are the perfect dessert for any occasion. They can make an event feel extra special, they can provide for a wonderful baking experience if one takes some additional time to really find some unique refined ingredients, and they can even be something one adds to the list of hobbies he or she enjoys doing alone or with others. These cakes can be made anytime of the day for any event. They are always welcome additions.
In addition they are also great desserts because they can be made in such a great variety of ways. One batch of eight to twelve little cakes baked in one fell swoop can be decorated in such an individualistic manner that one might think they were made in completely separate batches. Because so many can be made in one batch, one person can decorate all of them or several people can work away at putting the final touches on these wonderful treats! Furthermore, because of the vast array of recipe options, one can essentially never make the same one twice if one so desired too! And, across the board, from children to the elderly, these treats are loved. Children rush to gobble them down and the older folks eyes tend to light up when a freshly made tray is brought home or completed in their kitchens.
They can be a fun, easy dessert to make, travel with, and clean-up after. Or for the more seasoned cook, they can be an extravagant project that one takes special time and care with to create a masterpiece he or she can be proud of; one that will continue to impress others for years to come! Cupcakes awaken one's cooking and creative senses and skills and make for fun projects that one will never tire of. Essentially, one can keep creating more and more recipes and still never come up with all the possible combinations! So have fun and enjoy! To make 12 normal size, cream 200 grams of softened butter with 200 grams of fine sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Gradually beat in 4 eggs, and then fold in 200 grams of self raising flour, along with a dash of milk if needed.
Spoon the mixture into paper cases in a muffin pan, and bake for 15 to 25 minutes at approx 350 degrees, or until they are risen and firm to touch. Leave to cool on a wire rack and then ice with your favorite frosting, or drizzle with jam.
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