I'm more of a cupcake kind of lady are you?

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In cake (as in life, I hope) I’m more of a cupcake than a muffin! Muffins are just so big – you feel guilty just looking at them! Think of the calories! Not just for me but for my kids. Bigger is most certainly not better. Luckily, we all agree that smaller and more often is the best way to go! There's always the option of seconds?

Today I’m baking cupcakes for my youngest daughter’s birthday – she’s 14 and wants a sophisticated selection of cupcakes rather than the traditional birthday cake I usually make. My go-to recipe for cupcakes has got to be from the queen of baking herself, Mary Berry – so easy! http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/cupcakes_93722 Just cream the butter and sugar together, beat in the eggs and fold in the flour. Add a little milk until the mixture is well-blended and smooth. Place your paper cases into a 12-hole bun tin to keep their shape – Judge’s Fluted Cupcake Tin is perfect for this. Divide the mixture evenly between the cases, bake for 15-20 mins until they’re well-risen and a pale, golden-brown colour and leave them to cool on a wire rack. Then comes the fun bit! 

Top tip: to make sure your cupcakes are baked perfectly do the finger test – they should be springy to the touch. Or, you could follow the advice of one of our Bake Off friends and listen to them sing!

Kids, even teenage ones, love to ice cakes and, if you’re lucky enough to have the Judge Icing Box Set TC303, it’s easy for everyone to achieve an amazingly professional finish and have lots of fun at the same time. I like to do a mixture of colours and styles and make every cake an individual but my eldest daughter likes to have a uniform display. Whatever your preference, you can be sure of one thing – they won’t be sitting on the plate being admired for long!