Friday, 12 April 2013

Kiddy-friendly cupcakes

Alright I'm sorry. I haven't posted since January, that's awful isn't it? No excuses...just life's been getting in the way of this blog...and so has the main blog I write - The Boy's Behaviour.

But, I do have some things to without further ado -

Kiddy-friendly cupcakes

Yes, there are plenty of cupcake recipes out there, including on this blog, but this is the simplest, easiest recipe and this time my kids (aged 6 and 2) made cakes almost entirely by themselves (with the help of my trusty mixer). They measured everything between them, they cracked the eggs (into a cup first to check for bits of shell), they poured things into the mixer, turned it on, put the cases in the tins, and spooned the mix in. They iced and decorated them and then ate them!

This recipe made 12 fairy cakes AND 12 cupcakes - so small and large cases. And it's in ounces because that's the easiest way to remember it:

4 eggs
8 oz sugar (granulated/caster)
8 oz self raising flour
8 oz margarine

For the icing:
Icing sugar
A little water
Food colouring

Preheat your oven to 180C.

In the mixer, cream together the margarine and sugar til fluffy. Add one egg, then a spoonful of flour, mix until combined. Repeat for the other eggs, then finally add the remaining flour. Mix until smooth and incorporated.

Divide the mixture evenly between the cases and then adult's job is the put the cakes in the oven. The fairy cakes will take around 12 minutes, the cupcakes nearer 15minutes. Remove from the oven and put the cakes on a rack to cool.

Once the cakes are cool, add a dribble of water to a bowl of icing sugar, remember that liquid food colouring will also make your icing runnier. (I prefer to use gel colours).

Then decorate! The best thing about these particular cakes are the toppers, which are pictures printed onto rice paper, bought from Ebay. I got Hello Kitty toppers for Dollop, and Lego Ninjago for Mini - they both declared them the best cakes ever!

Friday, 11 January 2013

Lego man cake

It's been such a long time since I posted, but after all the Christmas mayhem and visits, hopefully I can settle back into a regular routine of cakes, bakes and makes.

Not much time to write at the moment, but here is my latest cake - A Lego man creation for Mini's 6th birthday. Here are the photos to show what steps he was made in. Hopefully when I have more time, I can give you a bit more information....