Baby Shower Cakes Ideas

Easy Cupcakes

This basic cupcake recipe is just perfect for baby showers, and also for many other kinds of special occasions, or just because; why not give it a try?

Ingredients For The Sponge

1 cup (4 ounces) self-rising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Half cup (4 ounces) superfine sugar (caster sugar)
1 stick (½ cup or 4 ounces) of room temperature soft margarine or butter
A few drops of vanilla extract
2 eggs (room temperature)

Ingredients For The Icing

1½ cups (6 ounces) confectioners’ sugar (powdered sugar or icing sugar)
Warm water
A drop or 2 of food coloring (optional)

You Will Also Need

12 paper baking cups
A cupcake or muffin pan
Cake decorations (optional)

How To Make

Step 1 – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (180 degrees centigrade).
Step 2 – Sit the paper baking cups in the muffin tin.
Step 3 – Put the flour, baking powder, superfine sugar, the butter, the eggs, and the vanilla extract, into a large mixing bowl.
Step 4 – Whisk until the ingredients are well combined – an electric hand mixer makes this job easy.
Step 5 – Divide the mixture equally between the paper liners.
Step 6 – Bake in the center of the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the cakes are a pale golden color, and nicely risen.
Step 7 – Remove the cakes from the muffin tin, and place them on a wire cooling rack, then leave to cool.

To Decorate

Step 1 – Sift the confectioners’ sugar into a bowl.
Step 2 – Using a teaspoon, and adding only a very small amount of warm water at a time, mix until the icing is smooth and fairly thick. (If the icing seems a little runny, simply add a little more confectioners sugar, and if too thick a little more sugar)
Step 3 – If using, now add a drop or two of food coloring, and stir well.
Step 4 – Ice the top of each cupcake in turn, and if using, adorn with sugar cake decorations, sprinkles, or suitable candy, as you go.

Cook’s Tip

Don’t forget, there are oodles of fun cake decorations, and lots of fancy paper baking cups, as well as scrumptious ready to use icings and frostings, available to buy. Also you might choose any of these, or some food coloring for your homemade icing, to tie in with your party theme.