Red Nose day Vanilla Cup Cakes recipe – A real showstopper

You can see the moods created on top of the iced cupcake to imply that expressions are unique to us, humans: Cool faces, mild faces, wild faces, glamours faces with pouting lips and guys with cool glasses and some sad faces with a single tear.  You can set your creative ideas to take over and enjoy doing something unique and beautiful to make yours look special!

I used ready-to-roll icing in different colours to make the features.  Delicious homemade butter icing (recipe is given below) is smeared liberally on all the cupcakes.

I normally bake the cupcakes on the previous day and let them cool off completely.  The next day, you have all the time and energy to spare for decorating them elaborately.  If you couple both on the same day, you could be too tired to launch yourself in decorating them at your heart’s desire.

So, let’s start,

You will need the following ingredients

Self Raising flour250 g
Margarine or butter softened (30 secs in the microwave )250 g
Caster sugar250 g
Milk1/4 cup
Baking powder1 tsp
Lemon juice and Vanilla essence1  tsp each
Salt3 pinches

Let’s make them

Set the oven to 180 C . (Temperature conversion is given under Tips)

  • Beat butter and sugar together until creamy, using an electric hand mixer (3 mins)
  • Add eggs, one at a time. Make sure you beat well after each addition for 1/2 min
  • Add vanilla essence,  lemon juice and beat for two rounds.
  • Mix baking powder, flour and salt together and sieve onto the cake batter, holding the sieve well above, allowing the air to escape
  • Do not use the electric mixer at this point.  Fold the flour gently with a wooden spoon until everything turns into a creamy batter
  • Add milk and mix well
  • Your cake batter is ready now

Fill the cupcake cases and bake now

  • Fill the paper cupcake cases 3/4th with the batter, leaving space for cakes to rise
  • Place the cakes in the cupcake tray
  • Pop it into the oven
  • Bake for 13-20 min
  • Insert a skewer into the middle of the cake and if it comes clean,  your cake is ready
  • Take the tray out of the oven and let it rest for 10 mins
  • Slowly remove the cupcakes from the tray and place them on a cooling rack
  • Let the cakes cool off completely

Let’s make the butter icing now

 Icing sugar (sieved)300 g
Butter or Margarine125 g
Lemon juice1/2 tsp
Milk1 tbsp
Vanilla a few drops 

Let’s make the icing

  • Cream butter using an electric hand mixer
  • Sieve the icing sugar and add
  • Add lemon, milk and vanilla
  • Beat in high speed for a couple of minutes to until a smooth and creamy texture is formed

Decorate the cupcakes now

  • Spread a layer of icing on the top
  • To decorate you can opt for any kind of sweets; smarties, m&m, jelly babies, sprinkles
  • To set features, roll out different coloured royal icing and arrange on the top
  • Your pretty cupcakes are ready to serve!

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