1.25 cups all-purpose flour
1.5 cups self-rising flour
1 cup unsalted butter
1.75 cups sugar
4 eggs (at room temperature)
1 cup plain yoghurt
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Line your cupcake tray with paper or foil liners.
2. Combine flours in a small bowl & set aside. Combine the yoghurt & vanilla in another bowl.
3. Beat the butter & sugar together until creamy & light.
4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well until each egg is fully incorporated into the mixture.
5. Add the flour mixture in three parts, alternating with the yoghurt mixture. (Make sure you start and finish with the flour mixture)
6. Spoon the batter into the liners, filling them about 3/4 full.
7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
8. Leave in the tin to cool for about 10 minutes & then remove & leave until completely cool on a rack.
I love this recipe. It never fails me. And there's always plenty leftover for me to eat with toast.
1.25 cups sugar
5 tbsp unsalted butter
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
0.25 - 0.75 cups lime juice (depending on how tart you want the curd to be)
3 tsp lime zest
1. Combine lime juice, zest & sugar in a saucepan & boil until sugar is completely dissolved. Simmer for a further 5 minutes.
2. Add butter and stir until the butter has dissolved completely.
3. Take off the stove and let the mixture come to room temperature.
4. Beat the eggs & egg yolks to the lime mixture & mix well.
5. Return to the heat. Cook over a low heat, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens. It should now coat the back of a spoon.
6. Strain & set aside to cool to room temperature. Refrigerate until it is time to assemble the cupcakes.
Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting
This recipe is a little technical but if you follow the rules, the result is amazing. This is also a very versatile frosting. You could substitute the vanilla with any other extract you like.
1 cup sugar
6 egg whites
250g / 18 tbsp butter, softened
2 tsp vanilla extract
1. Combine the the egg whites and sugar & heat gently over a double boiler until the sugar is completely dissolved. The eggs should stay translucent & should not start to cook & turn whitish! You can check if the sugar is dissolved by rubbing the mixture between your fingers. If it smooth, then take it off the heat at once.
2. Pour into a bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat until the mixture has cooled. Continue to beat until you have soft peaks.
3. At this stage, start adding the butter, a little at a time, beating well after each addition. Don't add more than 1-2 tablespoons at a time.
4. Do not panic if the mixture looks awful & curdles. Keep beating it at high speed. You will find that it will suddenly come together to make a creamy, light buttercream frosting.
5. Add the vanilla extract and beat till incorporated.