2. Heat the milk and butter to boiling point. Remove from the heat and stir until
3. Whisk eggs and sugar until light and fluffy.
4. Add sugar gradually. Whisk until sugar has dissolved. Mix in essence.
5. Sift flour, salt and baking powder. Fold into egg mixture.
6. Lastly add milk and butter mixture. Whisk.
7. Pour batter into cupcake pans and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
8. Cool and decorate.
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2. If you do have a food processor, you can make your own caster sugar. Sometimes I prefer not to use caster sugar and use plain sugar. (My point is, baking is for anyone. Yes, there is a reason why the recipe calls for caster sugar, but your cake, in this instance, will still be a success if you do not have caster sugar at hand.)
3. You can freeze the cupcakes once it is cooled. Seal well. When you have no other option this works well. At my daughter’s market day we had the cupcake table for the past three years. I start baking a month ahead of the date and freeze them. On the day before the sale I take everything out of the freezer, allow to thaw and decorate. The butter cream can also be frozen. I usually freeze that separately.
4. I prefer using rolkem powder color or gel color when I color my butter cream. But any color you prefer to use will suffice. Just be careful when adding color that you do not add too much (unless your goal is a dark vibrant color).
6. Do not be afraid to whisk your butter cream. The more you whisk it the better it will be. You want a light fluffy consistency. I prefer to use Stork Bake in my butter cream. The butter cream can be frozen. Once thawed, whisk again and use to decorate. (Helpful link to demonstrate different decoration methods with butter cream: http://www.wilton.com/flower-gallery-cupcakes/WLPROJ-8292.html?crlt.pid=camp.MCC3yd3Gg0Tq#q=Flower-Gallery-Cupcakes&start=1 and one which demonstrates how to make the perfect butter cream swirl: http://bekicookscakesblog.blogspot.co.za/2011/07/cupcake-swirl.html)