Its been a busy weekend in Russell’s kitchen with both me and Hana whipping up batches of cupcakes to decorate. I have posted quite a few cupcake recipes recently and I don’t think I will be stopping anytime soon! I really enjoyed baking, writing and eating the results of my series on chocolate bar cupcakes. This weekend we were baking cupcakes to learn and practice different cake decorating techniques – and make some adorable baked treats along the way! We had made a date to spend Saturday night at home baking and icing cupcakes. It might not be everyone’s idea of a good Saturday evening but is pretty darn good for me!
As we made our plan last weekend to do lots of baking, Hana and I have been looking at pictures and videos of cupcakes all week. For me Friday evening and Saturday afternoon were spent pouring over pictures of cupcake designs and watching decorating tips on youtube. I found a lots of techniques that I really want to try out and I have seen sooo many different designs I want to try making, so keep reading as I will probably be sharing them all with you soon! Once we had decided which cupcakes each of us was going to make we had to pop to the shops and get a load of new baking supplies, which included a funky new icing nozzle tip set to craft my creations with. (Oh why did it have to come in a pink box though?)
Saturday afternoon we baked up a batch of cupcakes each. We used two different cupcake base mixes and decorated them in three different ways. I decorated all my batch in the same way as the design I found looked so adorable and funny that I wanted to have a whole box of them looking up at me. Hana tried two different designs which were really, really pretty and I will be sharing them soon as well.
After a lot of looking at cupcake pictures I had decided to make a batch of really funny, sweet and totally not scary monster cupcakes! I think kids would really love these monster cupcakes. They are perfect for children’s parties or as a nice treat for your little monsters. They are really cute and quite irresistible as they stare up at you with their big eyes, “saying eat me please, I’m a cupcake”. Making these was fun. I know cake designs like this can look a little intimidating to try but they are easier than you might think to do and after all you are working with icing which means if you make a mistake you can scoop it up and start again!
Monster Cupcakes makes 12
- 80g unsalted butter
- 280g caster sugar
- 240g plain flour
- 1tbsp baking powder
- 1/4tsp salt
- 240ml milk
- 1tsp vanilla essence
- 2 eggs
Monster Butter Cream Icing (frosting)
- 500g icing sugar
- 160g unsalted butter
- 50ml milk
- 1tsp bright green food colour
- 1tsp black food colour
- White royal icing for the eyes
- jelly drops
- 12 hole muffin tin
- deep fill muffin cases
- 2 disposable icing bags
- # 2 icing tip
- # 16 icing tip
Preheat your oven to 190c and line the muffin tin with the cases. Get all your ingredients out to get up to room temperature.
In a mixing bowl sift the flour with the sugar, salt and baking powder. Add in the softened butter. Whisk together till you have a mixture like fine breadcrumbs.
In a second bowl whisk the milk and eggs together. Once combined slowly pour into the dry ingredients whilst whisking on a low speed. Once you have poured all the liquid in add the vanilla essence and speed up your whisk to a medium, then fast speed and beat till you have a smooth batter. It will be quite a runny batter because of the milk so don’t worry.
Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases filling each about 2/3 of the way up. As this is a very wet mix it takes longer to bake. In our oven its about 30 minutes but I would check them with a skewer after 20 minutes. If it comes out clean they are ready. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack. Whilst these are baking its a good time to do the washing up as you will need the bowls and beaters again soon.
Green Monster Butter cream icing
Whisk the icing sugar with the softened butter on a slow speed until smooth. Slowly pour in the milk whilst whisking. Keep beating till its a light fluffy icing. Spoon off a little of the mixture (3-4 dessert spoons) into a separate bowl and add the black colour. Whisk some of the green colour into the main bowl.
Spoon the green butter cream icing into a disposable piping bag with a #16 icing nozzle. Using the star nozzle pipe from the center making a circle of the lines of icing. Build this up in layers till you can’t get anymore on, it should look like a little hedge hog with hair sticking up all over it or like it has a crunchy icing hair do. Take a jelly drop for the nose and pop it on. Roll two eye balls out of royal icing and place them on just above the nose. With the other piping bag add the #2 tip and the black icing. Use it to pipe the eye balls.