I have a confession to make. A dire and dreadful confession...
Despite being an avid baker, I'm just not that into cupcakes. The rest of the world seems cupcake mad, and looking at the other beautiful entries on this week's Weekly Bake Off, I can almost see the appeal. They are lovely little things, but I can't quite get over the feeling that they're not for me. Cakes should be large and substantial, and fill a plate!
That's not to say I don't make cupcakes when the occasion calls for it. It just doesn't call that often.
That's why this week's bake wasn't a huge thrill for me - and with my preference for coffee or chocolate flavours outweighed by the necessity of following MB's recipe exactly, I wasn't terribly excited about the final product, which is why despite making these on Wednesday and having friends round to eat them on Thursday the blog post is only being typed on Sunday evening!
The bake was easy - throw everything in a bowl, mix, spoon into casings and bake. I'd misjudged how much icing sugar I had, so had to scale down my icing to about 1/3 of the quantity, but since the cupcakes were quite sweet anyway, I think a thinner layer of icing worked well.
Any baking book should have a cupcake recipe in it, but I'm glad this is out of the way now. Onto more exciting bakes!
(I made the Orange Scotch Pancakes (p127) this morning for breakfast - no time for a photo as they were scoffed almost as fast as they came out of the frying pan! Will definitely be making them again.)