Cupcakes make the world go round
This homemade cupcake recipe (makes 12 cupcakes) is super easy, quick and really tasty! I have added yogurt instead of a heavier alternative which in turn makes the cupcake lighter, as I have used greek yogurt which is naturally tart the end result is not overly sweet. If you want to give it a try at home, there is a variety of areas that you can cover from a learning and development perspective.
175 unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
250g caster sugar
3 medium eggs, lightly beaten
200g self-raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
175 ml greek yoghurt
2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 180C.
Cream the sugar and butter together.
Add in the eggs & vanilla extract, a little at a time.
Stir in the flour and then the greek yoghurt until the mixture starts to form.
Use a large spoon or an ice cream scoop and evenly divide the mixture between the cupcake cases. Ensure that the mixture doesn't fill more than 70% of the cupcake cases, the top 30% must be empty to allow the cupcakes to rise without spilling over.
Bake the cupcakes in the oven for around 20 minutes (if you pop a skewer in the centre and it comes out clean it means the cupcakes are done)
Lift them gently out of the muffin tray and allow them to rest on a wire rack until they are completely cooled.
If you then want to ice your biscuits, mix together some icing sugar and water, spread a thin layer on each cupcake and let your imagination run free with whatever decorations you wish to use. (The thin icing tubes could be used to pipe letters/numbers or shapes on your cupcakes or you could use biscuit decorations to make out letters or numbers on your cupcakes)
I hope you have great fun eating and decorating your masterpieces with your little people ...I know my little people and I enjoy making the below masterpieces :)
Links to learning - EYFS
Communication and language – listening and following instructions, using and increasing existing vocabulary
Physical development – handling tools and picking up small objects
Personal, social and emotional development - providing an opportunity to explore, develop confidence and autonomy
Literacy – reading instructions and food packets
Maths – counting, weighing, measuring, talking about; shape, size and quantity
Understanding the world - finding out about different textures and ingredients, learning about the effect of heat and cold and understanding cause and effect
Expressive arts & design – enjoying sensory experiences