Annabel Karmel’s cupcakes and the power of twitter

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I'm a big fan of twitter. It's not just that it's a brilliant way to communicate with other parents, or that you can get the occasional celeb tweet (I've had ones from Jonanthan Ross, and Jackie Collins.) But it's also a fantastic way to get answers on anything from health to kids to what's on TV.

On Wednesday the lovely Annabel Karmel put out a tweet asking if anyone had any particular recipe request and I replied saying I would love a cupcake recipe. (This was true. Even though I'm not eating them at the moment it seems that everyone I know has gone cupcake crazy, and they're ideal for after school treats.) Within seconds she'd replied, giving me a link to one of her recipes. So here it is – the Easy Cupcakes recipe, which appears in her book You Can Cook (£11.69, published by Dorling Kindersley), available from Waterstones). They look totally yummy.

Makes 12 cupcakes

110g butter at room temperature
110g caster sugar
110g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
Quarter tsp salt
2 eggs (medium)
1 tsp vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 180C/ 350F / Gas 4. Line a muffin tin with paper cases.
Put the butter and sugar in a bowl; and beat until pale and fluffy
Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into the bowl.
Beat the eggs and vanilla and add to the bowl. Beat until just combined.
Spoon the mixture into the paper cases.
Bake for 18 to 20 minutes until risen, golden and firm to the touch.
Cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Buttercream Icing
It’s the icing that makes them special. Swirl it on using a piping bag and nozzle – but  practise on a plate first
For plain buttercream, beat 110g (4 oz) butter until soft, then beat in 110g (4oz) icing sugar, a tablespoon at a time.
For vanilla buttercream, add half teaspoon vanilla extract and beat to combine.
For lemon buttercream, beat in 1 tbsp lemon juice – add 1 tsp at a  time and taste after each addition.
For chocolate buttercream,  beat in quarter tsp vanilla, 60g (2oz) melted and cooled milk chocolate and 2 tbsp cocoa powder 

*PS – if you want to tweet with me on twitter I'm here, KidStart is here and Annabel is here. Feel free to share your twitter urls below!

written by Liz Jarvis


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12 Responses to Annabel Karmel’s cupcakes and the power of twitter

  1. Emma - Me , The Man & The Baby says:

    This has became my favorite cookery book! I made those exact cupcakes for Oli’s birthday party! 🙂

  2. New Mummy says:

    Twitter is how I got in to blogging. I started on twitter to stalk Stephen Fry and ended up blogging and because of that I *really* love twitter and what its brought to my life. I’m @caroljs on twitter

  3. JulieB says:

    Word for word exactly what New Mummy/CarolJS said! I’m @sardinetin on Twitter

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  5. vic @ says:

    Who cares about cake? I’m just gonna practice the icing. Any excuse…

  6. CharlieMoos says:

    I recently campaigned on twitter for votes for a Business Womens Award and was tweeted by Claire Young from the Apprentice and none other than Sarah Brown AKA Mrs Prime Minister herself …. you can see my blog here ..

  7. CJ says:

    thanks for sharing the recipe, the cupcakes looks amazing! I totally agree, Twitter is a great way to communicate. CJ xx

  8. New Mummy says:

    I completely forgot to mention the lovely Jason Manford who sponsored me this week for the Race For Life and all because of twitter

  9. Sam says:

    I’ve had a few celeb tweets now (not that I’m getting blase or anything!). Have had several tweets and RTs from @sarahbrown10 and I chat quite a bit with @JKDIYQueen, the interior designer from DIY SOS. But by far and away by best celebrity Twitter moment was my ‘Fry Tweet’ from the man himself

  10. Nat says:

    My twitter claims are all from Kirstie Alley have 7-8 of them all fave’d! I am suburbanmummyuk on twitter I love twitter too!

  11. Rosie Scribble says:

    How funny.We are both posting cakes today. There must be something in the air! You already know my twitter ID but I’ll add it anyway – @RosieScribble. Tweet you later!

  12. Belgravia Wife says:

    Thanks for this – I personally don’t like cakes or anything sweet but lovecooking with my children – we’re going to have a go at these today !


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