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Frankenstein’s Monster & Halloween Mummy Cupcakes September 24, 2012

Here are some fun cupcakes for a date coming up soon.

Makes 12

 

Ingredients for the cupcakes

175g/6oz butter, softened

175g/6oz light brown sugar

3 eggs, beaten

25ml/1fl oz black treacle

225g/8oz self raising flour

2 tsp ground ginger

2 Tbsp ground almonds

2 Tbsp milk

 

For the buttercream

150g/5oz butter, softened

350g/12oz icing sugar

a few drops of green food colouring

 

To decorate

chocolate sprinkles

smarties

mini smarties

white ready to roll fondant

 

Method

 

Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4. Place 12 paper cases into a muffin tin. Beat the butter and sugar together until soft. Gradually beat in the eggs.

Stir in the treacle. Sift in the flour and ginger, then fold in. Stir in the ground almonds and milk, then stir until well blended. Spoon into the cake cases and bake for 20 minutes until springy to the touch. Leave to cool.

For the buttercream, beat the butter until very soft. Sift in the icing sugar and beat until smooth. Divide the buttercream into two bowls. Colour one bowl green with the food colouring.

To make the monster cakes, spread the green buttercream on top of 6 of the cakes.Decorate with two smarties for the eyes and 3-4 mini smarties for the mouth, add chocolate sprinkles for the hair.

 

To make the mummies, spread the white buttercream over the remaining cakes. Roll out some white fondant thinly and cut into short strips. Lay the strips over the cupcakes like bandages, then add two smarties to each cupcake for the eyes.

 

Monkey Face Cupcakes September 14, 2012

Happy monkeys for happy children!

 

This is the same cake recipe as I used for the Animal cupcakes.

 

Ingredients for the cupcakes

 

175g/6oz softened butter

175g/6oz sugar

3 beaten eggs

4Tbsp golden syrup

225g/8oz self raising flour

2tsp ground ginger

1 pinch of ground cloves

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 1/2 Tbsp ground almonds

1 – 2 Tbsp milk

 

Method

 

Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4. Place 12 paper cases in a muffin tin. Beat the butter and sugar together until soft and creamy. Gradually beat in the eggs and syrup.

Sift in the flour and spices and gently stir until combined. Stir in the ground almonds and milk until smooth.

Spoon the mixture into the cases and bake for 20 minutes until golden and springy to the touch. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before placing onto a wire rack to cool completely.

 

To decorate I made up a small amount of buttercream:

 

7 oz icing sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 1/2 oz butter, softened

Combine the icing sugar, vanilla extract and butter in a bowl and beat until light and fluffy.

Spread over the top of the cupcakes. Dip the edges of the cupcakes in chocolate sugar strands, add mini chocolate beans for the eyes and corner of the mouth then add a smile with a tube of writing icing.

 

 

Mini Sweets Party Cupcakes August 29, 2012

A simple but pleasing, for the kiddies, cupcake. Made for my Granddaughter’s 1st Birthday Party.

 

Ingredients for the cupcake

 

110g butter, at room temperature

225g caster sugar

2 eggs

150g self raising flour, sifted

125g plain flour, sifted

120ml milk, at room temperature

1 tsp vanilla extract

 

Ingredients for the topping

 

200g milk chocolate

75g butter

Mini Smarties or other mini sweets

 

Method

 

Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4 and line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases.

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

Combine the two flours in a separate bowl. Measure the milk into a jug and add the vanilla extract to it.

Add one-third of the flours to the creamed mixture and beat well. Pour in one-third of the milk and beat again. Repeat these steps until all the flours and milk have been added.

Spoon the mixture into the cake cases, filling them to about two-thirds full. Bake for about 25 minutes or until slightly raised and golden brown.

Remove from the oven and leave in the tin for 10 minutes before placing onto a wire rack to cool completely.

While the cupcakes are cooling, melt the butter and milk chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Once melted, remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Spread over the cupcakes and decorate with mini sweets.

 

Tips: Don’t put the melted chocolate/butter mixture in the fridge to cool as it will set hard, although it can be microwaved to soften it again 😉

 

 
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