I finally plucked up the courage to make something from the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook my Nan bought me for Christmas. As it's my birthday tomorrow I thought I would make some vanilla cupcakes for extra celebratory treats.
I was feeling a little bit nervous when I started mixing the flour, sugar and butter together as it was very different to the method I was using before, but I'm so glad I stuck with it and saw it through. The recipe said to whisk the milk, egg and vanilla extract in a bowl before adding to the flour and sugar mix, and it resulted in a much smoother batter.
Once the cakes were cooked and had started to cool I set to work on making my first ever batch of butter icing.