Well sort of!
Friday brought with it a bit of sunshine, the royal wedding and with precision timing, the flu. Brilliant.
Nevertheless I was determined to celebrate in my own little way: baking Red Velvet Cupcakes. I was on my way to a street party and determined not to let the flu hold me down.
The ingredients for these cupcakes included white wine vinegar, which seemed a bit odd but hey; I’m not going to argue with Hummingbird! Mixing the batter was a bit more complicated than the vanilla cupcakes and had four different parts to it: mixing the butter and sugar in one bowl, the cocoa powder, vanilla essence and food colouring in a second, the flour and salt in the third, and the bicarbonate of soda and vinegar in the last. The bicarbonate and vinegar fizz when they’re mixed together; sadly this bought me about five minutes of joy. Oh dear.
I had two worries about the batter; first the food colouring mix was meant to turn out like a paste, but it came out quite droopy. Secondly, the batter itself was quite thick.
Now whenever I bake, my greedy friends say the cupcakes are too small; so this time I decided to use muffin cases instead. The recipe is for 12-16 cupcakes, but I somehow managed to fill 17 muffin cases.
The biggest tip for the day would be: DON’T USE MUFFIN CASES IN CUPCAKE TINS. You may think ‘well duh?!’ but naturally this didn’t quite occur to me when I was baking. I managed to over fill some of the cupcakes and as the cases didn’t have enough support; a few decided to spread and fuse together. After spending quite a bit of time ‘sculpting’ these, I did manage to get them to resemble cupcakes again but decided they would go to the family rather than the street party.
My second mistake came with the icing; I managed to forget how much Philadelphia we had left in the house and didn’t stock up, leaving me short. Personally I blame all my shortcomings on having a cold! I also realised that shops close by 11pm on a Thursday. Shocking I know but I managed to find one corner shop that had another brand in stock. After twirling the icing in the famous ‘Hummingbird’ way, I used the worst shaped cupcake to decorate the icing with. Sieving it seemed to work best.
Unfortunately, I didn’t actually make it to the street party but I think my family were happier that the cakes, or at least the one’s that that actually looked the way they should, stayed home.