Thursday, 24 January 2013

Cupcakes for a Fairy Party

Yes, I really went all out in terms of baking this past month.
These cupcakes by Donna Hay were lovely.
I ate two of them myself and wanted more...

I found the recipe in the Donna Hay annual kids magazine. She had a whole spread for a fairy party which I found very inspiring.

Here is a copy of the recipe. Definitely worth making again!

Cupcake Ingredients (makes 12):
125g butter, softened
165g caster sugar (superfine)
1tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
185g plain (all purpose) flour, sifted
1tsp baking powder, sifted
125ml milk
1 x 500g store bought ready to roll fondant icing
pink food colouring

Vanilla Butter Icing:
125g butter
160g icing, sifted
1tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius.
Place butter, sugar and vanilla in an electric mixer and beat for 8 - 10 min until pale and creamy.
Gradually add the eggs, beating well after each addition until combined.
Add the flour, baking powder and milk and beat until just combined.
Spoon mixture into a muffin tray lined with paper cases and bake for 20 - 25 min (I baked it for about 30 minutes in the end).
Allow to cool.

To make the vanilla icing, place the butter in an electric mixer and beat for 5 minutes until pale and creamy. Add the icing sugar and vanilla and beat for another 10 - 15 min until pale and creamy.
Spread the icing on the cupcakes.

Divide the fondant into two equal portions.
Add a few drops food colouring to the one portion and knead until the colour is even and the icing smooth.

Roll the fondant out between two sheets of baking paper until about 2mm thickness. Cut about 12 x 7 cm rounds to cover the cupcakes, Cut little 1cm rounds to place on top of the big rounds.

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