I did plan on using a round nozzle for these cakes, but it just didn't look right. Mother's Day had to be about frills and flowers. I also found that the best yellow colouring is... (dramatic drumroll) Asda's own natural yellow in liquid form. I found this after a near buttercream disaster with yellow colour paste which turned the frosting a sickly shade of peach! Not the look I was going for. I was thinking daffodils, not cobbler.
Here's the recipe for the lemon sensations...
- 110g unsalted butter - room temperature
- 225g golden caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 150g self-raising flour
- 125g plain flour
- 120ml milk
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1 tsp lemon extract
- 250g of unsalted butter - room temperature
- 500g of icing sugar
- Juice of 1 large lemon
- Zest of 2 large lemons
- Yellow food colouring
- Cream the butter and sugar for about 5 minutes.
- Add the eggs one at a time, mixing thoroughly. You'll notice the mixture getting paler and thicker (this is lots of air bubbles which makes the cake as light as a feather)
- Mix the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
- Mix the milk, lemon zest and extracts in a jug.
- Add half of the milk mix and half of the dry mix to the creamed butter and sugar. Do this carefully with a folding action.
- Repeat until all the mix is incorporated.
- Do not beat the devil out of it. You cakes will be like old boots. You spent 5 minutes whisking air into these little beauties, don't spoil it.
- Divide the mix between 12 cupcake cases in a muffin tray. These are nice and deep and will give your cakes a straight side.
- Bake on gas 4/180C for about 30 mins. You're looking for a well risen bun with a golden top.
Allow the cakes to cook completely before frosting, otherwise you will eng up with a melted mess. Mark my words.
- Beat the butter for about 3 minutes to soften it. It will look considerably paler than when you started.
- Add about a quarter of the icing sugar and mix by hand with a spatula. This will prevent your kitchen being redecorated.
- Add the lemon juice, the zest and the rest of the icing sugar and mix again by hand. It will be quite firm.
- Using an electric hand mixer, beat it for about a minute on a medium setting. This will incorporate everything nicely.
- Add your desired colouring (if any).
- Beat on a medium to high speed for about 5 minutes. I know this is a long time. It's time well spent.
- You know it's done when the mixture if fluffy and paler than when you started. It should taste like a little bit of heaven...
If your kitchen is very warm, you may need to pop the frosted in the fridge for 5 minutes or so. This just makes piping easier.
This is really down to personal taste. I used my nozzle of the moment (Wilton 1b) but used it quite loosely to create a bit of a ribbon effect. I also used a bit of edible orange glitter over the frosting before covering the cakes in either small Dr Oetker butterflies or large sugar daisies from Just Bake. I used pink and yellow spotty cupcake cases from Morrison's.
I gave mine to my mum and grandma in pink spotty cupcake carriers from Sainsbury's (£2.79 for 2).