Tuesday, November 21, 2017

How To Make Vanilla Cupcakes With Melt In The Mouth Butter Cream Icing!!!

150g butter
1 ½ cups caster sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla essence
2 ½ cups self raising flour
1 ¼ cups milk
100g butter
1 ½ cups vanilla flavored icing sugar
1-2 tbsp milk
Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 190°C conventional or 170°C fan-forced. Beat butter with an electric mixer until smooth, add Chelsea Caster Sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs and mix well. Add the sifted flour, milk and vanilla, beat until smooth. Place paper baking cases in a cupcake tin, spoon in mixture until they are about 2/3 full (don't overfill or they will form peaks). This recipe makes 24 cupcakes so you might need to do this in two batches. Bake for 20 minutes until golden or until they spring back when lightly pressed. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool while you prepare the icing.
Butter cream Icing: Beat the butter until it is pale and fluffy. Sift in the Chelsea Vanilla Flavoured Icing Sugar and mix, adding milk until you have a light, fluffy mixture. Add extra milk if you need a softer consistency. Spread or pipe icing over cupcakes and top with decorations as desired.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Julie Lamb - Towns of the Wairarapa

Wairarapa means ‘Land of Glistening Water in Maori’. I have found interesting facts about some of the towns in the Wairararpa.


Greytown was named after SIr Governor George Grey who arranged for the land to be bought from local Maori. Greytown was the first town in New Zealand to celebrate Arbor Day on July 3rd 1890. Arbor Day is a celebration of trees where people are encouraged to plant trees.


Featherston is the gateway to the Rimutaka ranges with a winding drive over the hill to Wellington.  Featherston was originally called Burlings after the first settlor, Henry Burling. Featherston’s military training camp was a major training camp in WW1.


Martinborough is an important wine producing area of New Zealand. It has warm micro climate with hills to the east and west which is ideal for growing wine. Each year they have a wine festival called Toast Martinborough to celebrate the wineries and the wines they produce. Martinborough is also where my Mum and Dad got engaged!


Every Masterton hosts the Golden Shears competition which is where New Zealand’s and the world’s top shearers and wool handlers compete to be the best. Masterton became the first town in New Zealand to have a completely automated telephone exchange.


Carterton was originally called Three Mile Bush and was later renamed after Charles Carter. Carterton calls itself the daffodil capital of New Zealand and holds a Daffodil Festival each year on the second Sunday in September


Castlepoint is a wind sweep beachside town on the Wairarapa coast. It has a lighthouse at one end of the beach and I have climbed the stairs to the lighthouse. Each summer the locals hold the Castlepoint horse races where horses are raced on the beach.