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Smurf Cupcakes September 3, 2013

Smurf cupcakes

Well who doesn’t love a Smurf!  I have a little Granddaughter who has a 2nd birthday coming up and she LOVES them! 🙂

 

Ingredients for the cupcakes

 

110g butter

225g sugar

2 eggs

150g self raising flour

125g plain flour

120ml milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

Blue food colouring, I use the concentrated gel type

 

Method

 

Pre heat the oven to 180C/gas 4 and line a muffin tin with paper cases, makes approximately 18 – 20.

Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing for a few minutes after each addition.

Combine the two flours in a seperate bowl. Put the milk in a jug and add the vanilla extract to it.

Add one-third of the flours to the creamed mixture and beat well. Add the food colouring, you need it to be a decent colour as some colours, depending on what you use, tend not to look so vibrant once baked. Pour in one-third of the milk and beat again. Add more colour if needed. Repeat these steps until all the flours and milk have been added.

Spoon the mixture into the paper cases, filling them to about two-thirds full. Bake for 25 minutes or until slightly raised. Check if they are cooked through with a skewer.

Remove from the oven and leave in the tin for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

 

Ingredients for the blue buttercream

 

55g butter

30ml milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

250g icing sugar, sifted

Blue food colouring

1 dessert spoonful of Marshmallow Fluff

 

Method

 

Beat the butter, milk, vanilla extract and half of the icing sugar until smooth. Gradually add the remainder of the icing sugar and beat until the buttercream is smooth and creamy.

Add the Marshmallow Fluff along with the blue food colouring and beat again for a few minutes.

Spread over each of the cupcakes.

 

Ingredients for the white buttercream

 

55g butter

30ml milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

250g icing sugar, sifted

1 dessert spoonful of Marshmallow Fluff

 

Method

 

Beat the butter, milk, vanilla extract and half of the icing sugar until smooth. Gradually add the remainder of the icing sugar and beat until the buttercream is smooth and creamy.

Add the Marshmallow Fluff and beat again for a few minutes.

Transfer to a small piping bag fitted with a medium size plain nozzle and pipe on the hats.

Using some of the white buttercream and a small plain nozzle pipe on the eyes, and place small sugar balls in the centre of each.

 

Tip: I add the Marshmallow Fluff as it help the buttercream hold up a little stiffer, so the hats will keep their shape.

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Crazy Caterpillar Birthday Cake June 20, 2012

This is a no-bake cake made from cake crumbs, home-made or bought. You can double the quantity for an extra large party, but remember the cake is rich and heavy in texture so you’ll only need to serve a small amount. One ball per person is more than enough!

 

First off you need to make a Truffle cake…it’s easy, unless your buying a ready made cake to use

 

Ingredients

175g/6oz plain sponge cake pieces

175g/6oz/2 cups ground almonds

75g/3oz/scant 1/3 cup dark brown sugar

5ml/1 tsp ground mixed spice

pinch of ground cinnamon

grated rind of 1 orange

45ml/3 Tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice

75ml/5 Tbsp clear honey

 

Method

Place the sponge cake pieces into the bowl of a food processor or blender (if your food processor isn’t working :-() and process for a few seconds to form fine crumbs.

Place the cake crumbs, ground almonds, sugar, spices, orange rind, orange juice and honey in a large bowl and stir well to combine into a thick, smooth mixture.

 

Now onto the Caterpillar Cake

 

Ingredients

1 quantity Truffle Cake mix

675g/1 1/2 lb white ready to roll icing or coloured ready to roll icing if you can find it

red, blue and yellow food colouring

small flower cutter

large flower cutter

 

Method

 

Using slightly damp hands, roll the truffle cake mixture into balls, slightly larger than the size of a walnut. Place them on a baking sheet as you make them, then cover with cling film and set to one side.

Divide the icing into three equal portions, then colour one portion red, one blue and one yellow. Remove a small amount of blue and yellow icing, to make the face features, and set aside, covered with cling film.

Roll each colour of icing into a sausage shape about 45cm/18ins long on a work surface lightly dusted with icing sugar. Make sure the sausage shape is even all the way along; if it breaks, compress the icing into a ball and start again.

Place the three long sausages side-by-side on the work surface. Starting at one end, hold them together firmly and start to turn them in a twisting motion – do not squeeze. Place the twist back on the work surface, then use a rolling pin to push and roll the twist gently until it’s flat and the colours have merged. It should now be 50cm/20ins long.

Lay the truffle balls along the length of the of the icing strip, then wrap the icing evenly around the balls, sealing the join by pinching the icing together. (An extra pair of hands would be really useful for the next stage) Turn the Caterpillar over so that the join is underneath, tucking in and cutting off any excess icing from the ends. Lift the Caterpillar onto your board or plate and position, curving it slightly.

Roll out the reserved blue and yellow icing thinly and use the flower cutters to make the eyes. Use a little water to stick the smaller one onto the larger one then a little water to stick the eyes into place. Roll a tiny bit of the icing into a small sausage shape and using a little water place on as the mouth

 

 

 

 
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