Christening cupcakes

assortedI recently offered to make some cupcakes for the Christening of my friend’s baby. Actually I originally offered to make a cake or cookies but ran out of time so have resorted to cupcakes and an apology.

The cakes are my standard cupcake recipe of:

125g Unsalted butter (softened)
125g Caster sugar
2 Eggs (beaten)
125g Self raising flour
1 tsp Vanilla essence
Splash of whole milk

Method (I used double amounts for this batch):

  • Preheat the oven to 180C
  • In a freestanding mixer cream the softened butter and sugar until smooth.
  • Add the vanilla essence to the beaten egg then slowly add the mixture to the mixer.
  • Gradually add the flour while mixing on a slow speed.
  • Add the whole milk slowly while mixing by hand until the mixture falls easily from a spoon or spatula.
  • Set out the paper cupcake cases in cupcake tins and add the mixture.
  • Bake for approx 17 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.

For the icing (again I doubled the amounts):

80g unsalted butter
250g icing sugar
25ml whole milk
1 and a half tsp vanilla essence

  • Cream the butter and sugar in a free-standing mixer on a low speed
  • Mix the vanilla essence with the milk while continuing to mix
  • Beat the mixture on a high speed for at least 5 minutes
  • Separate about a quarter of the icing and colour with Wilton Royal Blue gel colour.
  • Use a piping bag with a large closed star tip
  • Place the uncoloured icing in first and add the colored icing down one side of the bag.
  • Twist the top of the bag ensuring there are no air pockets trapped and use gentle pressure from the top of the bag.
  • Pipe back into your mixing bowl until the colours begin to mix in the icing then ice the cupcakes in a spiral starting from the outside and working inwards to form a peak.
  • At the end of the spiral push down slightly and pull straight up to finish with a peak.
  • Add any sugar paste decorations you choose, I used a set of baby themed patchwork cutters and alphabet Tappits and floral paste coloured with the same royal blue gel colour I used for the icing.

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