Real strawberry icing iced cupcakes!

Strawberry icing iced cupcakes :: keep it simple
For the cake I use this recipe:

125g butter, softened (but not melted)
1 tsp vanilla essence
165g (3/4 cup) caster sugar
2 eggs
125ml (1/2 cup) milk

Preheat oven to moderate and line muffin tin with cases. Beat butter, vanilla and sugar in mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir in flour and milk, in two batches. Divide mixture into cases (I got 16 cupcakes out of it, could do 12 and have them more muffin sized) Bake for 20-30 minutes, until skewer comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes then transfer to wire rack.

The icing recipe is here! Thank you Jodi for passing it on! 😀

Strawberry icing iced cupcakes :: keep it simple

Happy funny christmas!

Every year my friends from school meet up so our children can have a fake Christmas and open presents from each other. This tradition evolved when we first had our babies and we had our fake Christmas on Christmas eve. Now Christmas eve isn’t always convenient so we just make it on a day that we can all (or mostly) come together at same time. This year that day was today. Have had a lovely afternoon chatting and the children have had so much fun playing together and doing pressies 🙂 I hope it’s something we do for a long time.

My friend’s little boy has renamed it ‘funny Christmas’ because it’s fun hehe.

As we generally don’t do present for the adults, just for the kids, and as I was asked to bring pudding, instead of buying something I baked some cupcakes to take, and after watching Kirstie and Phil’s Christmas show I made some striped icing and cut the hearts and stars from it, very satisfying!! They went down very well! 😀

Cakezilla!

My poor Mr. Mia had to put up with Cakezilla this weekend. I’m no professional cake maker but have made a few cakes for other people, one being a school mum friend who recommended me to a friend of hers who asked me to make two christening cakes. I love baking, and if working with buttercream I don’t get too stressed out, but this time it was the dreaded rolled icing so out came Cakezilla. I get stressed, and snappy and probably a bit of a cow to live with!!! I didn’t know the lady who I was making them for so I was very nervous about getting them right. Also the cakes needed names writing on them, and I can’t really remember if I’ve done that before, so if I have it was a long time ago! I found some videos on YouTube to watch and learned how to make parchment piping bags although in the end I cheated and bought some ready made icing in a tube. And thankfully they turned out ok!! And the lady was really happy with them. Hope they tasted ok!! Mr. Mia tells me they did (he taste tested the bit I cut off the top!!) I can’t taste as I’m gluten free at the moment so I’ll have to take his word for it!!
As soon as I knew she was happy with the cakes I returned to being Mia! Not sure I will take on rolled icing cakes again, although I do get a real sense of achievement when they’re done but my eczema tends to play up when I’m stressed and it’s been a bit sore this week. Also had a dentist appointment which didn’t help! Hopefully it’ll get better now though 🙂