Night Baking

Good Evening everyone! Just thought I'd share a little recipe with you all before I go to sleep.

I know, half past midnight isn't a brilliant time to be awake but It's been so hot that there was no point even attempting to sleep before now anyway, so I decided to make it even warmer and do a little baking.

Today's invention - Pink Milky Bar Cup Cakes:

These are so simple, I'm not even going to give you the recipe for the actual cake, just make a batch of your favourite vanilla sponge and bake in cupcake cases - the pinker the better!

For the icing, (this recipe makes a lot so half it if you don't want a mountain of top of each cake like moi) beat 160g of butter until really smooth and fluffy, then gradually beat in 500g of sifted icing sugar in about 5 or 6 batches, adding a tiny dash of milk with each to keep it smooth and workable. When all the sugar is added, you should have a completely smooth, almost white, super fluffy buttercream. Now for the pink Milkybar part!

Melt 200g (two large bars) of Milkybar chocolate in a bowl over a pan of boiling water, taking care not to let the water touch the bottom of the bowl. Give it a good stir, and leave it to cool for a few minutes. While it's cooling, add some pink food colouring to the buttercream, I use Wilton gels because they give a much brighter colour and don't affect the consistency of whatever you're adding them to. Add as much as you feel you need to create the colour you want, but don't mix it in yet. I used about an eighth of a teaspoon. When your chocolate has cooled slightly, pour it into the buttercream and whisk away, watching in awe as the colour changes from fluffy white to Barbie pink! When it's mixed in thoroughly, pop into a piping bag with a large star tip, and pipe into your completely cold cupcakes. They really must be completely cold or you'll end up with a big slidey mess instead of the nice neat mound you just piped!

Add some type of sprinkle or glitter (or both) and enjoy! The buttercream has a lovely soft texture and when cool it crusts well which is great if you want to use it to sandwich cakes or whoopie pies! And of course, it doesn't have to be pink!

There you have it! I'd love to hear if you tried and liked it! For now though, I think it's definitely bedtime, so until next time, night night lovelies xxx

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