After making cupcakes at work yesterday, a four year old girl told me that the difference between muffins and cupcakes were that cupcakes were muffins with cups and muffins were plain and didn't have cups. I wasn't so sure. Children's working theories never fail to surprise me!
Baking with children can be a little stressful at times - especially when you have 10 of them at the table with you. They just can't seem to help themselves from licking the spoon, or dipping their fingers into the mixture...
Here is a recipe that is great for doing with children (or by yourself!):
125g Butter (softened) 1 Cup Plain Flour
1 tsp Vanilla Essence 2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 Cup Caster Sugar 2 Tbsp Cocoa
2 Eggs 1/4 Milk (I used 3 Tbsp Sour Cream)
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla, then eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift flour, baking powder and cocoa together. Fold into creamed mixture. Stir in milk or sour cream. Place 18 patty cases in patty tins. Spoon mixture evenly into paper cases. Bake at 190 degrees celcius for 15 minutes or until cakes spring back when lightly touched. Transfer to a wire rack.
Decorate to your hearts content
Happy Easter and happy baking everyone.x