a m y m c c r a c k e n

a site all about amy


Posts Tagged ‘kids’

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


  • 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


  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.



  • 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.


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.

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!

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

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


  • 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


  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


  • 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.


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.

Dinosaur Birthday Cake, Raaaaar!

For Michael’s (Steve’s Brothers) birthday I decided to make a cake around something he loves – dinosaurs! I didn’t want to make a shaped cake but instead little dinosaurs like the ones that I found on http://www.abakedcreation.com/2009/06/dinosaur-birthday-cupcakes.html.

To make these I used a packed of white icing / fondant from the supermarket. Broke it up into batches, then dyed them different colours for each type of dinosaur.

This was my first time making fondant models. I found that once I kneaded in the colours in it had softened way too much from the heat of my hands so I popped them back in the freezer for a few mins so they could harden up so they were more clay like to play with.

Here’s the t-rex…

dinosaur head mould

dinosaur mould parts

dinosaur model

Here’s the spikey dinosaur…

dinosaur mould body

dinosaur mould spikes

here’s the spotty dinosaur…

dinosaur spots model

& here they all are…

dinosaur fondant models

With the left over fondant I made some dinosaur eggs that also worked as candle holders – cute!

dinosaur egg candles

On top of making something that looks real cool, I still wanted to make something that tasted yum so I made the same cake I made for his dad last year – a Lemon Sour Cream Cake from the Edmond’s cook book. I’ve made this a few times now and I knew I wanted it to be bigger so I doubled the following recipe.

lemon sour cream cake


  • 125g butter, softened
  • 2 tsp grated lemon rind
  • 1 C sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 C plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ C sour cream


  1. Preheat oven to 160°C
  2. Cream butter, lemon rind, sugar and eggs until light and fluffy
  3. Sift flour and baking powder together
  4. Fold sifted mixture into egg mixture alternatively with sour cream, mixing until smooth
  5. Spoon mixture evenly into a greased and lined 20cm round cake tin
  6. Bake for 45 mins, or until the cake springs back when lightly touched
  7. Leave in tin for 5-10 mins then transfer to a wire tack to cool down before decorating


As I doubled the recipe I cooked the cake longer, it took approx. 1 hour and checked on it every 5 mins till ready. I think next time I’ll cook each batch separately and do this as a double layer cake as it wasn’t as light as it usually turns out – but in saying that it was still SO delicious.

If you ever want to use this recipe, instead of icing it, it’s really nice just squeeze some lemon juice over the top while it’s still warm. Then once cooled just sprinkle over a light dusting of icing sugar, mmmmmmm!!!! BUT for this time, I iced it with a lemon butter icing.

lemon butter icing


  • 100g butter
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • 1 ½ C icing sugar
  • 2 T water


  1. Cream butter and lemon juice
  2. Add icing sugar and water and beat until you get the consistency that you desire

I dyed the lemon butter icing green so it was like ‘grass’ that the dinosaurs were walking around on. Before placing the dinosaurs on the cake i brushed them with edible glitter (it’s called rainbow dust) just to give them an extra touch – and because I just ordered a pack of the edible glitter and i REALLY wanted to use it.

So here it is, my (well Michael’s) dinosaur cake!! Rar!

I popped the candels by the ’28′ when it came time to serve…

Baking with my nephews

Last Nov my sister Suzanne came to visit with my nephews Tyler and Kayden. I was the most excited Auntie you could ever imagine but I was also a bit stuck – I hadn’t had kids to entertain before but I figured baking would be a good idea cos (a) it gives them something to do and (b) we have something to bribe them with when we want them to be good haha!

My nephews are pretty young so I knew that me and Suzanne that would do most of the baking but we got them involved by picking colours. They chose GREEN cupcakes then YELLOW icing.

Being a kiwi, I have the Edmonds cookbook – everyone should have a copy of this, it has pretty much every recipe you can imagine and they’re all simple, and easy to follow. So i chose to use the cup cake recipe from there:



  • 125g butter, softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • ½ C caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 C plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ C milk
  • 1 tsp food colouring


  1. Preheat oven to 190°C
  2. Cream butter, vanilla and sugar until light and fluffy
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition
  4. Sift flour and baking powder together
  5. Fold into creamed mixture
  6. Stir in milk and food colouring
  7. Spoon mixture evenly into the prepared muffin pan that has been lined with paper cases
  8. Bake for 15 mins or until cakes spring back when lightly touched
  9. Transfer to a wire tack to cool down before decorating



  • 1 T butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • ½ tsp food colouring
  • ½ C icing sugar, sifted

Beat all of the above ingredients together until smooth then decorate.

Look at these cuties! I think Kayden Iin the red shirt) was much more interested in eating the sprinkles rather than decorating the cupcakes haha!