How to bake a heart into your cupcakes

Perfect for valentines day, these cupcakes with a secret heart inside will surely surprise your loved ones.

The first thing we need to do is back some sponge.

Start by greasing and flowering 8inch tins.

Put 200gms of custard sugar and 200gms of softened unsalted butter into the mixer and you want to beat that for a few minutes until is pale and fluffy.

Now its time to mix the free range eggs inside the mixture. The batter start to take shape. Now we need to add 150 grms of plain flower and 50gms of self raising flower. Mix really gently into the mixer or by hand if the mixer does not have a gentle setting.

You do not want to really over mix it because the air will go out of the mixture. Now add half cup of milk and a teaspoon of vanilla extract

Once that’s all mixed in you need to add everything to the batter. Scrape all that batter from the mixer saddle and then give it a really thorough mix. Then level it with a paddle knife.

Bake them at 160 degrees Celsius for about 20 minutes or until they are cooked all the way through.

After its cooked, level off the top nice and smooth, cut out the hearts from the middle of the cake with a metal heart cutter.

Meanwhile make the cupcake batter.

You need:

120 gms of self raising flower, add a quarter of a teaspoon of soda bicarbonate, a 125gms of caster sugar and sift that all through.

Add 125gms of softened unsalted batter and 2 large free range eggs. Crack those in. Mix everything together with a mixer, starting on a slow speed, then increase the speed until its beating quite well for about 1 minute. Add half a cup of milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Scrape all the batter off the mixer bowl.using a spoon, scoop even amounts into each case cup cake thin.

Once you have done that, you need to grab your hearts and push them right into the middle of the cup cake batter.

Now we need to back them at 170 decrees Celsius for about 15-20 minutes until they are cooked in the inside.

You can either make the vanilla butter cream or buy it from the store. Cover the cupcakes with vanilla cream and put 2 small hearts on top of the cream. All it remains now is the big reveal. Little hidden surprise in a delicious vanilla cupcake….one half for you and one half for your loved one? Or perhaps all for you if you are unlucky on valentines day.

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How to bake a sponge cake Maltese style

The basic of sponge cake that squeeze with easy!

Lets get started –

Go back in the olden days when there were no computers and there was no internet it was really hard to find information for such a simple thing as baking a cake nowadays YouTube is a great source to find good recipes so today we are going to help you and show you how to make a sponge cake.

We are going to beginning with the sponge cake ingredients

Please make a note of anything to begin with

To begin with preheat the oven at 180 degrees centigrade. Pour one teaspoon of melted butter and spread it using your fingers at the bottom of the pan. This will avoid the cake from sticking to the bottom of the pan

Put some flower at the bottom of the pan again, this will save the cake from sticking at the bottom of the pan.

Next crack open 4 eggs, for aroma and for fragrance we will be adding now 6 drops of vanilla essence and beat the hell out of these eggs using an electric whisk. You should beat it for at least five minutes. We are looking for a great consistency.  Remember it takes five minutes to get this perfect consistency.

Put the egg mixture aside. Now in another bowl add 100 grams of butter and 250 grams of sugar, and we are going to beat it together. Use a tall bowl so you do not splutter everywhere and make a mess. Once all the sugar is incorporated well into the butter, we will add one cup of all purpose flour followed by 1 teaspoon of baking powder. You can use any baking powder

You sift these 2 ingredients through. What I wanted to add here is that I have seen chefs adding baking powder and baking soda together. You do not need to do this because baking powder already has baking soda in it. We will now add in the egg batter that we have prepared before and mix everything together. It should become soft and smoothy

It does not really matter if you the ingredients together clockwise or anti clockwise with the big wooden hand mixer as if in you are trying to fill air into this batter, because the more airy and fluffy the mixture is, the more the sponge will be soft and tender.

At one time when you are mixing the mixture, the mix will become too hard and thats when we need to add milk, 1/4th cup of milk gradually (around 75 ml), little by little as you get the consistency of batter you require. It will take you approximately around 5 minutes. The mix should become gluey.

Now its time to pour our batter into the mall, shake it while you make it baby. Remember we put all purpose flour and butter at the bottom of the pan before adding the batter.

Give the mix some beating against the counter top and put it in the over at 180 degrees centigrade and after an hour you will receive the below cake.

Let it rest for 15 minutes, flip it in a plate and then eat it.

Sponge Cake. Quick & Simple.