I received the Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days recipe book for my birthday from some incredibly thoughtful friends, and it wasn't until I started flipping through the gorgeous, glossy pages of the book that I realised that I'd never actually owned a cookbook until now. In honour of this little "first" of mine, I've decided to start the Hummingbird Trail - to capture those moments inspired by the book.
This is what always happens on a Sunday evening - I get that familiar need to fire up the oven and fill the house with that wonderful smell of something baking. A quick survey of my pantry and I decide that this particular Sunday evening should be spent making the all-time-favourite - vanilla cupcakes.
I wanted the cupcakes to be more bite-sized this time (Read: I really, really wanted to use my new mini muffin pans) and I thought it would be a good opportunity to test baking times for mini cupcakes.
As always, I was cautious with the icing sugar for the frosting and found that I ended up using only about half of the amount stated in the recipe. I gave the cupcakes 10 minutes in the oven and they came out soft, light and with a lovely spring to it.
Sometimes, I think that the vanilla sponge doesn't get enough credit, especially with all the exotic, more creative sponge flavours out there these days. It's recipes like this that really lets the vanilla shine - definitely my favourite vanilla sponge recipe so far.
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Previous stop on the trail: Coconut Jam Sandwich Bars