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Hi all! My name is Becca and I am a 21 year old from Berkshire, England with an interest in all things cake. I have only been baking for the past couple of years and if someone had told me 5 years ago that I would be a passionate cake maker at the age of 21, I'm afraid to say I probably would have laughed in their face! I have had many cake disasters in the past (including a Barbie cake for my friend's 16th Birthday that was still raw in the middle when she cut into it...) However one Christmas I opened my stocking to find a Giant Cupcake making kit, and hey presto, my love for all things sweet emerged. I have developed this blog as a way of sharing my baking experiences with others. I love to read other baking blogs, you can learn so much from them and discover some great new ideas. Plus I just love looking at photos of yummy scrummy cakey goodness ;) (possibly a touch of 'food pornography' going on there!) Whilst I am still on a massive learning curve with my baking, I will share any tips I have with you as well! Thanks for popping by! Love Becca xxx

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Easy-Peasy way to fill a cupcake

Whilst there is nothing wrong with a simple cupcake topped with a dollop of frosting, sometimes it may call for more. Maybe a squidge of jam, a gooey chocolatey centre, the bitter tang of lemon curd...

One thing I have noticed since I started baking is we live in a world full of 'gadgets'. There is a 'gadget' for everything, including for filling cupcakes. Don't get me wrong, gadgets can be very useful (if you know how to use them properly) and if you have a particular 'gadget' that you enjoy using then of course you should keep using it. But this blog is for those of us who may not have a special piping nozzle or a special cutter to use to fill our cupcakes. It takes us back to basics using just a simple sharp knife :)

Step 1:

Using a sharp knife cut a hole in the centre of the cupcake. It is very important you do not cut all the way to the bottom of the cupcake, otherwise the filling will not be in the cupcake but rather all over the consumer's hands! Cut about two-thirds of the way down.

Step 2:

Gently pull out the centre of the cupcake, leaving you with a hole in the centre of the cake. Do not throw away the centre of the cake!!
 Step 3:

Using a teaspoon fill the cupcake with your chosen filling. I filled the vanilla cake with strawberry jam. Be careful not to overfill the cupcake- about two thirds should be enough.

Note- you may find it easier to slightly warm the jam first to make it easier to work with.

Step 4:

Gently push the centre back into the cake. This gives you a smooth top ready for piping your frosting on. It also prevents any cake from going to waste!

And that's it! Easy as pie (or cake in this case...)

Happy Baking!
Love Becca x

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