I had to bring a contribution to my friends' bank holiday barbecue, and automatically assigned to cakes, I decided on some simple cupcakes.
I used a new recipe, it can be found here - http://www.joyofbaking.com/VanillaCupcakes.html
They came out perfectly, evenly risen and had a gorgous fluffy texture.
I wanted pink buttercream icing, and decided red food colouring would probably give me a better pink than pink itself. But as you can see from the pictures.. I had a little trouble with that and ended up with peach icing. But I think this was because I was using buttercream, which turns naturally a yellow colour from the butter, and yellow + red = orange, probably should have realised this beforehand. Icing disaster number one, now for disaster number two. I had actually bought a bargain £1.29 piping bag with plastic nozzles to try out. My first attempt at piping... not good. Although I think partly because the nozzle I was using was too small for the effect I was aiming for. So I gave that up, and went back to spreading with a good old knife, and it looked much better.
And then a 40 minute drive in the car, praying they would not fall everywhere and lose their icing. Luckily, the majority of them did just that, but the four in a smaller tin ended up everywhere, still tasted great though!
I also made some yummy lemon drizzle squares for the barbecue, will post them very soon.