So yesterday I made some belated cakes for our Mums for Mothers Day (it was a busy weekend, out Saturday at a wedding and working Sunday), and I just wanted to make them look and hopefully taste a bit nicer than usual.
Flicking through one of my many cupcake books I came across a lovely looking vanilla butter icing recipe which used vanilla pods. Just so happens I had some about so had to give it a go...
Yum I am never going to use vanilla essence again
Ok I probably will for the bog standard quick bakes but shh we'll forget about that! Just wish I had tried putting it in the cakes beforehand too, oh well that sounds like a good excuse to bake some more to me!
I just guess with butter icing quantities as I always end up adding more icing sugar than the recipes suggest, generally a large knob of butter beaten until smooth then gradually add a generous amount of sifted icing sugar. Once it's all mixed together spilt half a vanilla pod and scrape out the seeds into icing and mix again.
The cakes went down very well!
So did the scraping of the icing bowl...whoops!