Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Just Because I Was Craving Cake...

Here's the thing, I love baking, I love cake, I was craving cake, so I baked.... If only I could easily make everything that I was craving... 

Admittedly not the most exciting of cakes in the grand scheme of things, these are standard vanilla cupcakes with a smooth buttercream topping. They're easy to whip up for those days when all you want to do is eat some cake.

This is a baking post so let's not get too deep but I find that baking is so therapeutic when I'm stressed out. So the next time you're feeling a little down and want some cake, bake your own! Also, put away the electric whisk and just go back to basics. Using a wooden spoon and a plastic bowl is so much more fun than just chucking the ingredients into a machine. 

I bake a lot of different sweet treats but vanilla cupcakes are my go-to recipe when I literally just want to bake right now. They're easy to make and they taste good. There are a lot of vanilla cupcake recipes online but I always find that it's best to tweak them a little to get them to your desired taste and texture. 

As for the buttercream, there are so many variations when it comes to quantities of ingredients, and I've had some real disasters in the past, but the one thing that is super important is to use FRESH icing sugar. If it's been opened for a while and not stored in an airtight container, please don't use it to make buttercream. It will just taste stale and it will make the buttercream texture go all funny. 

I iced these cakes in record time as I just wanted to eat them, but it can also be so much fun to try out different decoration techniques. Hopefully next time I'll be posting some more extravagant looking cakes if I can resist eating them first!

What do you love to bake?


  1. These look so good! I'm so bad at baking, I tried to make scones a few months back - they turned into biscuits! :-/

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  2. Hi dear :) great post!!! love the cupcakes *.*


    Kiss Tea

  3. These are gorgeous! They all look soo good!

    x leah symonne x


  4. These look so yummy! I love backing cakes, but never do :( x


  5. I love these! I have serious cupcake craving right now! :)


  6. I made cakes today too (at school, haha bless my soul) and they were delicious! I love cupcakes ♥

    Sharlotte // Sharlotte

  7. This has made me really crave cupcakes now lol! x

  8. oh my god, these look so nice!
    I love cupcakes, too bad i can't bake!

    Love Alice


  9. These are so cute! I'm currently on a diet where I don't eat any wheat, and grain-free cupcakes just aren't the same :/

    Caitlin | Oceanic Stars

  10. These look delicious! Good work on the baking and agree that it is a great stress-reliever!

  11. Totally agree - something about baking is just so therapeutic. Love how these turned out! You're quite the talented baker :]

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  12. that looks sooooo delicious

    Shalay| itsjustshalay.blogspot.com

  13. These look so good! Oh, now I want a cupcake. .__.


  14. I would love to bake if I were any good at it. Unless it's from the box, everything I bake always comes out wrong... I don't know what it is. I guess I'm just not talented in that respect. I admire people who can bake because it's not easy, and it's nothing like cooking.

    Ray | Obey Ray

  15. I love to bake! Brownies in particular, however I managed to ruin them both times, they tasted amazing but were harder than honeycomb :/ really not fudgy/cakey at all! I think i got the mathematics wrong - baking tray was wide and shallow, oven temperature may have been too high, baked for too long...either way, they were inedible. I still love baking though! Just need to practice, your cupcakes look delicious!

    Yasmeen x

  16. Ohh they look so yummy! I haven't made cupcakes in the longest time, but I love baking too <3

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

  17. (Yes but damn, it's so much easier to chuck everything into the blender/food processor! :( Idk about you, but it takes me 5ever to 'incorporate' butter into flour AINT NOBODY GOT TIME 4 DIS)
    I know what you mean about baking being therapeutic. That and cooking and applying makeup, imo :3
    These look amazing! Better than my piping skills ;)

  18. So cute! I bet they tasted awesome too! :D
    Elephant stories and more

  19. omg those vanilla cupcakes look delish! (,,◕ ⋏ ◕,,)
    I'm such a failure when it comes to baking.. I just can't stick to the recipes!!
    The buttercream topping looks amazing....!


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