Lulu's Kitchen: Vanilla Choc-Chip Cupcakes

Love Mae's queen of the kid cooks, Lulu, is back in the second instalment of our blog series that's inspiring the mini Maggies and junior Jamies of the world to jump right into the kitchen.
This time, 12-year-old Lulu had a hankering for cupcakes (who doesn't, right?) so she started with Jamie Oliver's popular Vanilla Cupcake recipe and took it to a whole new lovely jubbly level by adding yummy dark chocolate chips!
Funnily enough, cupcakes were the first thing Lulu learned to make, whipping up her first solo batch when she was just eight!
"Mum would always make cupcakes and treats for school but then she cut sugar from the house!" remembers Lulu. "So I decided it was time to start cooking – I realised that the only way I was ever going get sugar was by doing it myself."

Over time, Lulu has perfected her cupcakes by trial and error. "The perfect cupcake needs a moist batter – it will be a really smooth and silky, but not like a dough. You can add more flour if it’s too runny and more milk if it’s getting too thick," she advises. "I usually go off taste. If it seems wrong, I’ll add a little more of this or that."
OK, it's time to take it to the kitchen!




225g unsalted butter (at room temperature)
225g caster sugar
4 large free-range eggs
1 vanilla pod
225g self-raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

NOTE: Lulu decided to add 3/4 cup dark choc chips (you could add blueberries instead)


1. Preheat the oven to 170ºC , and line two 12-hole cupcake trays with paper cases. In a food processor or by hand, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. One by one, crack in the eggs, making sure you beat each one in before adding the next. Split the vanilla pod in half lengthways and scrape out the seeds, then add half the seeds to the mixture.

2. Sift in the flour and baking powder, then pulse until just combined or gently fold together by hand.

3. Using two teaspoons, divide the mixture evenly between the paper cases.

4. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden, cooked through and an inserted skewer comes out clean of cake mixture.

5. Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely, then enjoy!


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