Recipe: Honey & Vanilla Cupcakes

This evening I went to the prize-giving for the Wimblington & Stonea Horticultural Show. I was very excited to pick up two trophies, yes TWO trophies…. just look how excited I was!

One of the trophies belongs to April the chicken, but as she doesn’t have hands I had to carry it for her. My friend Fluff wondered if I would carry her around the garden singing ‘We are the champions!’ and I think I will.  The other trophy is for my honey recipe, you do remember when I made cakes with bacon in them, don’t you?

I was reminded of the recipe I created last year, for Honey and Vanilla Cupcakes, they won second prize (probably because there was no bacon). So, I thought I ought to share it incase you need to make cakes. Of course you need to make cakes. Get to work!

Ingredients:
100g butter
100g castor sugar
100g self-raising flour
2 free range eggs
2 tablespoons of local honey
1 teaspoon of natural vanilla extract
3 tablespoons of milk

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 180 ºC
Cream the butter and sugar together
Add the vanilla and honey
Mix in the eggs slowly
Sieve in the flour
Mix together
Add the milk to make a light dropping consistency
Spoon into cupcake cases and bake in the oven for 15 minutes

For the Frosting:
200g mascapone (or other soft cream cheese)
1 tablespoon of local honey
1/2 teaspoon of natural vanilla extract
Lavender flowers to decorate

Mix the mascapone, vanilla and honey together
Chill in the fridge, spread on the tops of the cakes and add flowers

Woo, they look nice… now cram one in… delicately!

This is my own original recipe (Ooo, get me!) If you do decide to share it I’d be really grateful if you’d link back to this post – thank you!