Walk through any local food festival or farmer’s market these days and you’ll find stands filled with beautifully-designed cupcakes, displayed like little works of edible art. There’s no need to be daunted at the idea of making cupcakes though - this Carnation Cupcake recipe is a really good halfway house between professionally made cupcakes and simple home versions decorated with icing and hundreds & thousands.
The sponge is made the usual way (with some added almond in there for extra depth of flavour), but let’s be honest, the really fun bit is getting your sticky hands on the piping bag! Unless you’re a serious ‘piper’ (er yes, we made that name up) you’ll probably make a mistake or two with your carnation petals, but that’s half the fun with baking – trying something new, refining it, and finally mastering it. The recipe serves a ‘bunch’ of 12 carnations, so if your partner forgets to buy you flowers, well, now you can just conjure up your own!