Sunday, 14 August 2011

Cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery








This book came out last year, and a lovely one it is too. Cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery by Martha Swift and Lisa Thomas published by Kyle Cathie Limited in 2010. I had this one pre-ordered, and have looked through it often, but it was only at the beginning of this summer that I started cooking from it. I’ve never been to the actual Primrose Bakery itself in London…well yet anyhow, one day I hope. Until then I am happy – more than happy to have their cookbook on my shelves and to be able to cook from it in my kitchen.



The book itself is a nice pale primrose yellow in colour, a nice touch I thought. Its chapters are ~Basic Cupcakes~ Basic Icings~ Festive and Seasonal~ Special Occasions~ Weddings~ Beyond Cupcakes~ Decorations~ and finally Techniques and Equipment~. There is also a handy stockists page at the back for UK shops and websites. The book is full of mainly cupcakes, but with a few cakes at the back too. Beautiful pictures that just make you want to pick them up off the page and eat. It is undoubtedly a good thing that I can’t eat a bit of each of them in one go! Cute little line drawings throughout as well.


Here are some of the cakes I have marked to try: Orange Cupcakes with Orange Blossom Icing, Ginger Cupcakes with Ginger Fudge Icing, Caramel Cupcakes, Vanilla Cupcakes with Lime and Coconut Buttercream and the one I’m going to try next, Chocolate Orange Cupcakes.



I tried three out and they were all great, but if I had to play favourites it would be the Raspberry and White Chocolate cupcakes they were very good indeed!



Strawberry and Cream Cupcakes


Strawberry flavoured sponge, strawberry jam filling and vanilla icing. I added some strawberry extract to the icing and made it pink, but I am a tinkerer. Lovely, very Summery.



Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream Icing


A good lemon hit and cute too. I made these as mini cupcakes.



Raspberry Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream Icing


Delicious. Raspberry filled and white chocolate icing, just perfect. The world is a better place with a batch of these under your cake dome, or in your tins!



Raspberry Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream Icing


Adapted Slightly from Cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery by Martha Swift and Lisa Thomas published 2010.


110g Unsalted Butter, at room temperature


180g Caster Sugar


2 large Eggs


125g Self-raising Flour, sifted


120g Plain Flour, sifted


125ml milk at room temperature (semi skimmed)


1 teaspoon vanilla extract


3 tablespoons raspberry jam (I like Dalfour)


(1)Preheat the oven to 160 F fan / 180 F / 350 C / Gas mark 4. Line a 12 hole muffin tray with big cases.


(2) Cream the butter and sugar (I use my mixer with the paddle attachment) until light, pale and smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time until fully incorporated, mixing for a few minutes after each goes in. Meanwhile sift the flours into a bowl and in a jug mix the milk and vanilla.


(3)Add one third of the flour to the butter mixture, then one third of the milk mixing just to incorporate each. Do this twice more with each until all the flour and milk is used. Fold in the raspberry jam (stirring the jam first to loosen if you need to) to give a good rippled effect. Spoon or scoop the mixture into the 12 waiting cases. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until cooked.


(4) Leave in the tins for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


Icing


30g Unsalted Butter, at room temperature


15ml Milk, also at room temperature (semi skimmed)


Drop or two of Vanilla Extract


125g Icing Sugar, sifted


100g good white chocolate (I use Lindt)


3 tablespoons Double Cream


Filling for cakes, 1 teaspoon raspberry jam per cake


Final Topping: Fresh Raspberries 12 to 24


(1)In a food mixer with the whisk attachment (for ease) whisk the butter, vanilla, milk and half the sugar for a few minutes until smooth. Gradually add the remaining icing sugar, beating well between each addition.


(2) Melt the white chocolate, either in short (20 second) bursts in the microwave or on top of a pan of barely simmering water on the cooker top – take care that the water does not touch the bowl. Leave to cool a bit.


(3) Once cooled add the chocolate and cream to the vanilla icing that you have made to turn it into white chocolate icing.


(4) Make a hole in the middle of each cupcake big enough to take the teaspoon of raspberry jam, then top with the white chocolate icing. Finally place a raspberry or two on top.



Note: if you make this icing ahead it will need to be kept in the fridge due to the cream, beat well before using if you do this.



Next Up: Another helping from Kitchen by Nigella Lawson


Next Review Up: The Great British Bake Off How To Bake


7 comments:

Nicola said...

The white chocolate and raspberry cupcakes really do sound and look delicious! I've made a few cupcakes from the Primrose bakery recently and they have all turned out lovely. These beauties are next on my list to try. Looking forward to your next post! I've just blogged about the strawberries and cream cupcakes:
http://cookiescakesbakes.blogspot.com/2011/08/strawberries-cream-cupcakes.html

Brownieville Girl said...

Each and every one of those cupcakes looks fantastic - I would have to say even better than the ones in the book!

Think it's time I took my copy out again!

Maria said...

They all look mouthwatering and oh so cute!
Do you know there's a new book coming out in September...? Mine is pre-ordered ;-)

Maria xx

Curious Cook said...

Oh I love every single one of them and dearly wish I could have one right now!

Awesome job! Like all the others, I think I'm gonna dust off and take out my copy too...:)

Kelly-Jane said...

Thanks for your comments.

Maria, I've got it pre-ordered too :)

bala murugan said...

Absolutely beautiful, thanxs for creating this awesome blog..
Really well done for the blog.these are so sweet and pretty!

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