So today I made these cute cupcakes for a 2 year old's birthday party. They're easy enough to to involve the kids (maybe not at the more delicate icing bits!), cute and tasty. I'll give you the recipe for a batch of 12, just multiply the quantities by whatever you need to.
You will need:
112g caster sugar
112g unsalted butter
112g self-raising flour
2 tsp vanilla extract
375g icing sugar (strawberry flavour if you need it)
red food colouring
15 pink marshmallows
24 white chocolate chips (plus spares)
3 squares chocolate (milk or plain)
an icing bag and cocktail sticks
1. Preheat the oven to gas 4/180C. Beat the caster sugar into the butter until light and fluffy.
2. Beat the eggs in one at a time, then add the vanilla extract and stir in.
3. Sift the flour in and fold until fully combined with butter and egg mixture.
4. Divide the mixture amongst 12 muffin cases, filling each about halfway. I use an ice cream scoop to measure out the mixture for each case, because apparently that's exactly the right amount. Bake for 12-15 minutes until slightly golden brown.
5. Cut off the top of each cupcake, to level it off.
6. Beat the icing sugar and water together. If not using strawberry icing sugar, use enough colouring to colour the icing the same colour as the marshmallows. This will be a very small amount so be careful! Cover the cakes in the icing (there should be quite a bit left over), and whilst still wet, put a marshmallow on each cake, quite off-centre and towards the right. Cut the remaining three marshmallows in half vertically and then into 4 horizontally, then stick on the edge of the cake above the nose and slightly to the rest. Wait for the icing to set.
7. Set a tbsp of the remaining icing aside and then colour the rest a darker pink. Put into an icing bag and cut a tiny bit off the end. Pipe a smile on each cake below and just to the left of the nose, then pipe little nostrils on each piggy snout. Cut a little more off the end of the icing bag and pipe a rosy cheek to the left of each snout.
8. Cut the tip off each chocolate chip. Microwave the plain and milk chocolate squares for 30 seconds and use a cocktail stick to blob a little dot on each chocolate chip - it should look like an eye. Repeat with all the chocolate chips.Wait for the chocolate pupils to set, then use another cocktail stick to put a blob of the remaining pale pink icing on the underside of each chocolate chip. Stick each pair of eyes below and a little closer together the marshmallow ears. When you're finished your cakes should look like this:
Oh, and here is a picture of a cake I made for my friend Joe before he jetted off to Sumatra to play with orangutans. Like this one, it is my own recipe but I cannot give you the recipe because I made it up as I went along. Also, there was a lot of swearing, and this is a family friendly blog:
It's made of chocolate sponge and orange flavoured buttercream so it's a CHOCOLATE ORANGE-UTAN. Do you get it? *prolonged manic laughter*
Stop judging me. You know cake puns are like an illness to me.
Ciao for now,