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Cupcakes

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Oreo Cupcakes

These cupcakes took me back to watching cartoons after school. I don’t know why, but the second we got off the school bus my brother and I would race inside and try to be the first to turn on the TV. Haha we were such dorks!

Oreo Cupcakes

ingredients

  • 1 ½ C self-raising flour, sifted
  • 1 packet oreos
  • 1 packet mini oreos
  • ½ C cocoa powder
  • ¾ C caster sugar
  • ¾ C milk
  • 125g butter, melted, cooled
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp Peppermint Essence

method

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C.
  2. Line a 12 x 1/3 cup capacity muffin pan.
  3. Combine flour, cocoa powder and caster sugar in a bowl. Make a well in the centre.
  4. Add milk, butter, eggs and peppermint essence to flour mixture.
  5. Using a large metal spoon, stir gently to combine.
  6. Spoon a small amount of mixture in the bottom of each paper case.
  7. Place an oreo on top, then cover with cupcake mix till each case is ½ full.
  8. Put a mini oreo into each case, then cover with cupcake mix till each case is ¾ full.
  9. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or till the cupcake springs back when lightly touched.
  10. Stand in pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

Icing

ingredients

  • 350g icing sugar, sifted
  • 125g cream cheese
  • 125g soft unsalted butter
  • 50g oreos, crumbed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Beat all of the above ingredients together until smooth then pipe onto each cupcake.

Decoration

I cut out circles of green fondant and pushed/bent them so till they had a TMNT shape. I cut out coloured strips of fondant for each character and rolled out small balls of white fondant for the eyes. I trimmed them with a craft knife so they had a nice edge. I placed each eye strip onto each face with sugar glue. Using leftover bits of each strip, I made bandana edges and placed them onto the back of each decoration, securing with sugar glue. To finish off each decoration I drew on the features (eyes and mouth) with an edible marker. These decorations can be made months in advance. Store in a non-airtight container in a cool, dark place.

Place each decoration on top of each cupcake just after icing.

Vanilla Chai Cupcakes

For Briar’s birthday I wanted to make her something different so I tweaked the recipe I use for red velvet cupcakes. You have to try out this recipe – these cupcakes are so fragrant and delicious!

Vanilla Chai Cupcakes

ingredients

  • 250g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g soft unsalted butter
  • 200g castor sugar
  • 2 tsp chai spice mix
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 175ml buttermilk
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar or other vinegar

chai spice mix

  • 1 ½ tsp ground cardamom
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg

method

  1. Preheat oven to 170°C and line two muffin trays with paper cases
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder and bicarb in a bowl
  3. In another bowl, cream the butter, sugar and chai spice mix until light and fluffy
  4. Beat in the vanilla
  5. While still beating, add one spoonful of dried ingredients, then one egg, followed by some more dried ingredients, then the other egg, followed by the rest of the dried ingredients
  6. Beat together the buttermilk and vinegar
  7. Fold into creamed mixture
  8. Spoon the batter into the cases to ¾ full
  9. Bake for 20 mins or until cupcakes spring back when lightly touched
  10. Transfer to a wire tack to cool down completely before decorating

Chai Icing

ingredients

  • 400g icing sugar, sifted
  • 125g cream cheese
  • 125g soft unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • 2 tsp chai spice mix

Beat all of the above ingredients together until smooth.

To decorate I piped the icing on top of each cupcake and decorated with a chocolate finger biscuit.

 

Ladybug Cupcakes

For my lovely friend Nat’s birthday I decided to make her something bright and cute – ladybug cupcakes. I used the same recipe as my choc mint christmas cupcakes and piped the icing onto the cupcake like grass and decorated each cupcake with a fondant ladybug.

To create the ludybug decorations I used a unique cutter from my Ace Of Cakes Season 7-10 Box Set.

Using this cutter, I cut out a black base. Then using the same shape, I cut out the red wings. I removed head area and made a dent down the centre with the back of a butter knife. I stuck the red wings onto the black base with sugar glue. I then rolled out two small eyes, and placed them on the head area with sugar glue. Using an edible marker, I added dots on the eyes and wings.

They went down a treat!

Teeny’s Custard Cupcakes

Occasion: Athina’s birthday

Recipe: custard velvet cupcakes with custardy cream cheese icing

Teeny is as obsessed with owls as I am with cats so when I discovered this vintage wise owl card on etsy I knew it would be perfect for her!

Erin’s Baby Shower

Occasion: Erin Tremewen’s high tea baby shower

Recipe: red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing

Decoration: coloured icing, edible glitter and white buttons

 

Erin & Paul welcomed Richmond Bob Tremewen on Christmas Eve

Shattered Glass Halloween Cupcakes

Occasion: first annual Halloween party at Steve & Amy’s

Recipe: red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing

Decoration: shattered candy glass stabbed into a cupcake with red food colouring dripping down

 

My costume was a zombie going to the races – I even made my own fascinator with a bat hanging off it (which I wore again on Melbourne cup day)

David & Gina’s Wedding Cake & Cupcakes

Occasion: Steve’s Dads weddding

Recipe: red velvet with cream cheese icing

Decoration: black & white fondant moulded into leaves, roses & rabbits

Cute As A Button

Occasion: Emma BrenBren’s B’day

Recipe: red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing

 

 

 

Pirate Cupcakes, aaargh!

Genna from work has a friend that absolutely LOVES pirates and asked me to make her some cupcakes for her birthday – fun!

She let me choose the flavour so I used my amended red velvet recipe again (with the cocoa swapped with custard powder & no food colouring) with little pirate themed fondant decorations on top.


custard cupcakes

ingredients

  • 250g plain flour
  • 2 x 15ml T custard powder, sifted
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g soft unsalted butter
  • 200g castor sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 175ml buttermilk
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar or other vinegar

method

  1. Preheat oven to 170°C and line a muffin tray with paper cases
  2. Combine the flour, custard powder, baking powder and bicarb in a bowl
  3. In another bowl, cream the butter, and sugar until light and fluffy
  4. Beat in the vanilla extract
  5. While still beating, add one spoonful of dried ingredients, then one egg, followed by some more dried ingredients, then the other egg, followed by the rest of the dried ingredients
  6. Beat together the buttermilk and vinegar
  7. Fold into creamed mixture
  8. Spoon the batter evenly into the cases
  9. Bake for 20 mins or until cupcakes spring back when lightly touched
  10. Transfer to a wire tack to cool down completely before decorating

buttery cream cheese icing

ingredients

  • 400g icing sugar, sifted
  • 125g cream cheese
  • 125g soft unsalted butter
  • ½ tsp caramel essence

Beat all of the above ingredients together until smooth then pipe onto the cupcakes.

decoration

To create pirate themed decorations to go on the top of each cupcake I rolled out coloured fondant and used some miniature shape cutters & sculpturing/modeling tools. Then to glue parts together I used sugar glue.

Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Around the start of August Meaghan sent me a picture of cupcakes that she wanted for her birthday. They seemed impossible so I was like “pfffft, yeah right!” BUT then I came across the rainbow candy strips that was the key to the decoration and knew I had to suprise her with them.

One of my old workmates, Lauren, also messaged me a few days before I was planning to make Meaghans cupcakes to offer me my first every paid job (exciting!). She was after something bright like my rainbow cupcakes like I’ve done before (like these) for a friends birthday. I showed her what I was planning to make Meaghan and she was super keen on them too. The timing worked out to be perfect that I could make Meaghan & Lauren’s cupcakes at the same time.

Because I was making two batches with the same decoration – I decided to make two different flavours. I made chocolate cupcakes because everybody loves chocolate and I figured custard powder has the same consistency as cocoa powder so I made custard cupcakes too. I was a bit nervous about how they would turn out but it REALLY worked! They tasted caramelly – nom!!

chocolate cupcakes

ingredients

  • 250g plain flour
  • 2 x 15ml T cocoa powder, sifted
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g soft unsalted butter
  • 200g castor sugar
  • 2 tsp red food colouring
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 175ml buttermilk
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar or other vinegar

method

  1. Preheat oven to 170°C and line two muffin trays with paper cases
  2. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and bicarb in a bowl
  3. In another bowl, cream the butter, and sugar until light and fluffy
  4. Beat in the food colouring and vanilla extract
  5. While still beating, add one spoonful of dried ingredients, then one egg, followed by some more dried ingredients, then the other egg, followed by the rest of the dried ingredients
  6. Beat together the buttermilk and vinegar
  7. Fold into creamed mixture
  8. Spoon the batter evenly into the cases
  9. Bake for 20 mins or until cupcakes spring back when lightly touched
  10. Transfer to a wire tack to cool down completely before decorating

custard cupcakes

The same as above but swap cocoa powder with custard powder, and red food colouring with yellow.

blue buttery cream cheese icing

ingredients

  • 400g icing sugar, sifted
  • 125g cream cheese
  • 125g soft unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp blue food colouring
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar or lemon juice

Beat all of the above ingredients together until smooth then spread over the cupcakes.

decoration

Pipe on white clouds (200g icing sugar & 80g cream cheese) on each side of the cupcake in zigzags. Leave for a few mins to set a little, then push strips of rainbow candy into the clouds.