Love is a universal feeling. Between humans, rabbits and even Jelly Babies. And so I present to you dear readers the story of love between one Jelly Baby and another. It is an epic tale between two star crossed Jelly Babies, battling against the world to be together, finally united by the Cupcake. This tale is a tale of love, creation and consuming a cake within about 10 minutes of it being baked. We begin, with the Cupcake.
I travelled far and wide to gather my ingredients for this ancient recipe rumoured to be named ‘The Vanilla Cupcake’. Upon my sturdy bicycle I climbed, the pedals I pushed, and the faces I pulled as I braced myself against the Northern winds intent to keep me from my treachourous journey to the glowing orange beacon that is the magical temple I can only refer to as ‘Sainsbury’s’.
And what a sight it was. As I wiped the rain from my brow, apologised to elderly people I narrowly missed as I sped towards my goal, I could almost hear the ingredients calling to me. I nervously approached the temple as the giant glass doors parted and a warm rush of air embraced my cold, trembling body and pulled me inside. But my journey had not ended. As I stepped inside the Super market far from my journey ending, it had just begun. Ferocious beings came running at me with giant metal contraptions on wheels, I heard people screaming ‘But they’re 2 for 1! I’m SAVING money!’ and I witnessed children charging at their parents with arms full of chocolate and sweets only to be banished to the metal cages and strapped in. I was horrified readers. I knew my ingredients had to be rescued from this nightmare.
So through these people I ran, ignoring bright red signs intent on stopping me from my goal with offers of ‘Savings’ and money off. I was not blinded by these so called savings intent on deterring me from my righteous path. I would succeed where others had fallen prey to these evil signs. So to the Home Baking aisles I ventured. And to the eggs, flour, butter and sugar I trekked, crawling through giants to pluck them from their holding places I heard referred to as ‘Shelves’. It was a cruel sight. And as I left I saw the most horrendous sight. For as I looked to the horizon, I saw a looming glass cabinet headed with a blinding sign, ‘Cakes and Bakes’. My friends, I can only describe this place as Cake Prison. Behind the bullet proof glass were captured cakes being tortured and suffocated in plastic boxes, brown wrappers and worst of all, being sold off for cake labour at 4 for £1. As I wiped the tears from my eyes, I saluted these brave cake victims, and hastily fled the battle field of crazed shoppers brain washed by the beautiful orange glow of their Lord Sainsbury’s clutching my ingredients.
Back at the safety of my trusty bike, I quickly flung my precious ingredients over my handle bars and sped off into the night, swearing to my cakey lord that I would bring justice to those cakes caught in battle, and I would bake the best cakes I could with my rescued ingredients. And this my friends, is the result of my journey.
(6 big ones…I don’t know why you’d want to make little ones so I’m not telling you how many little ones this mixture makes, and if you are sane, you won’t find out, you’ll just make 6 big ones! Or 1 big one…even better)
2 Eggs (weigh these and ye shall discover the weight of all your other ingredients!)
Salted Butter (Unsalted butter is just…no)
The Holy Grail: 1 tsp Vanilla Extract. NOT Vanilla Flavouring! There are some evil doers out there who will convince you that vanilla flavouring is better, more delicious, and more cake friendly than Vanilla Extract. But they lie my friends. Vanilla flavouring is poison by another name, and to buy such a product would be like hugging the cake devil himself: The Fat Free Cupcake. We do not speak of him, but he endevours to obstruct pure cakey goodness wherever he can. Do not give in to the FFC, for he despises tasty quality cakes with all the goodness of proper ingredients and love.
Put all these glorious ingredients into your bowl/KitchenAid/bucket and mix like there’s no tomorrow.
Do not fear and exclaim ‘that looks DISGUSTING!’ as you churn away, for granted half way through mixing you do start to wonder what kind of cake monstrosity you have created…
But bear with it and before your eyes a glossy, beautiful (and very tasty) cake mixture will appear before your very eyes!
Eat this as it is/Spoon it into cupcake cases.
Bake in your Hot Box (oven) at 160 dungarees for about 15 minutes or until you simply can’t wait any longer to eat your cakes and eat/cool/decorate. Tudaah!
So that was the creation of The Cupcake. But my cupcakes were lonely. I’ve always thought Jelly Babies have a rough time of it being shut off from the world in a bag. They never really get to live, meet other Jelly Babies, and make their own Jelly Babies. So in a bid to protest against Jelly Baby rights, I plucked two lonely young Jelly Babies from their packaged lives and showed them what it was like to love. In three simple cupcakes I give you: Love – The Jelly Baby way.
John, Jill and Jelly Baby Jr. Happily ever after!