G’day, ready for some Beach Cottage Cupcakes?!
I while ago I was invited by Kraft (those people who make Philadelphia among other things) to go on a baking Masterclass…where I would be in cupcake heaven with, Margaret Fulton and her daughter Suzanne Gibbs no less, you know, those Australian icons…. the ones with all the cooking skills…and not only would I get to meet them, the whole affair was to take place in Suzanne’s very own kitchen.
Hmm, I had to ponder this for a while, errrrm I would absolutely love to get to bake with Margaret, cupcakes or anything really, to share a cup of tea with her afterwards, to hear her tales and I would more than love to watch and learn and wonder as Suzanne did her thing…but ahem, had these people actually read my blog? If you have been with me for a while you will know that I am the ultimate non-baker…the girl who bakes with a handful of recipes and pretends she’s good…errrrm Masterclass…right.
I mean if you throw a chicken at me, a few basics and something to cook it on, I could, hand on heart, tell you that I could present you with a chicken that was pretty tasty…if I landed on a desert island with a couple of onions and some beef I could come up with something nice.
But bake, with the Masters…oh shiver me timbers
Anyway, there was no way I was letting this opportunity pass, because, not only was the baking/meeting side good, I was positively revelling in the idea of seeing the house …and the kitchen…and everything in it.
So, a few days before I started thinking. And panicking. A lot. I mean, to be honest I was more interested in my outfit than my baking…’cos they would all be looking at my Mavi’s ;-)
And then I made a huge old mistake, I surfed on into one of the other bloggers pages and saw, to my absolute horror, that they had been practising, ALL WEEKEND, oh and not just cupcakes, oh no…super recipes for the Blogger Bake part of the day…which was like a bake-off with a few secret ingredients.
I got really worried, yikes, I am attending this event, with the Cooking Elite, Gods from on high of the Home Economics world and I am supposed to…bake with them!!
I considered getting sick…it’s amazing how quickly a migraine can come on you know, I considered cheating and slipping in a Betty Crocker, I even considered baking all weekend…then I remembered I have 3 kiddos and no time.
So, really, there was nothing to it for me, other than to come clean and do what I do…to bake as I bake, with the tried and tested recipes that have got me through being a Baking Mummy and have made my kiddos know that cakes and dessert don’t equal opening a packet, even when really I am the Frank Spencer of the baking department.
So I did go. And I had a ball.
Here’s me and the other bloggers, plus Suzanne & Margaret Fulton….Sandra from 120 Food Challenge (you’ll love her blog for budget-friendly recipes), the lovely Sara, from Belly Rumbles, who shares her Sydney food journey on her blog and who made the most divine dessert ever with her secret ingredients (yes Sara feel free to invite me on one of your food reviews) and Julie from Gourmet Getaways, who lives in Coffs Harbour and loves food and travel
So, rather than spend all weekend practising, I spent most of it at sport and down the beach, I threw all caution to the wind, I did not worry about cupcakes and looked forward to what Suzanne and Margaret could teach this girl from the Old Country about baking the Australian way.
The first thing I learnt is that proper cooks have proper equipment…even for cupcake baking…I am working up to this and spend a lot of my time slowly gathering vintage cooking utensils, but in Suzanne’s kitchen, I think if you had asked her for a slice of the moon to taste or any kind or utensil or ingredient, she coulda produced it.
And with her first class skills she just whipped up this…with ease
But for Dump and Go Too Easy Butterfly Cupcakes, actually, you don’t need too many special ingredients for this easy cupcake recipe, actually you don’t need any.
Which is my recipe philosophy all over.
However there is absolutely one thing that is essential to making cakes and cupcakes now in my life…one of these…
Well not really, you can about bake this with your eyes shut and a bowl and spoon, but the story around here, just in case Mr Beach Cottage asks you, is that since using Suzanne’s, obtaining one of these in this old cottage’s kitchen is 100% crucial to my career as a baker, to my life as a blogger, indeed just to my life, that I get my hands on one of these little white babies…
If you have been with me for a while, you will know that a KitchenAid was on my Christmas List last year, you will also know that that guy in the big red suit did not deliver, you will also know that I have dreamt, coveted and actually nigh-on begged for a KitchenAid.
I am still waiting.
I blame it on those Beach Cottage Kiddos, their school fees and teeth.
But last Wednesday I got to stroke one. Oh my.
I’m sorry, Margaret Fulton, Suzanne Gibbs, the girls from Kraft, the other bloggers….you were good, like really good, but I also experienced my first baking adventure with this little baby…the soft purring when it turned on, the utility feel of the bowl, the clunkiness of the attachment, the white of the body and oh the knobs.
I love you KitchenAid knobs.
and with that baby I got to make cupcakes tried and tested by the Queen of Australian Cooking herself…Margaret Fulton…could a day get any better? ;-)
…here she is with my cupcakes
So, let’s get to it..
lovely easy Beach Cottage cupcakes
Beach Cottage Too Easy Dump & Go Chocolate Butterfly Cupcakes
I cup Self Raising flour
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup milk
125g butter, melted
1/4 cup cocoa or drinking chocolate
1. dump all in a bowl
2. whisk until smooth
3. spoon into cupcake liners
4. bake 12-15 mins 180C
5. cut the tops off your cupcakes
6. half the tops
7. plop whipped cream/frosting on
8. stick on your cupcakes ‘wings’
And that is it….I hope you try it…you’ll love it…
….it’s super duper easy, looks great, tastes great and if I can do it….and Margaret Fulton tastes it and doesn’t choke, then anyone can!
So that’s my Good Life Wednesday this week, Chocolate Butterfly Cupcakes
….see you soon Beach Cottagers
Over and out from your resident Domestic Cupcake Goddess ;-)