Cupcakes make me think of being a child again, decorating them with lots of bright colours and fun decorations. When I make cupcakes now, I still do the same, making them as exciting as possible so that the eater gets a sense of being young again.
My ‘party’ cupcakes are decorated with my favourite childhood biscuits and are so simple to make (but look fabulous!). The cupcake recipe that I swear by is the Mary Berry recipe from 100 Cakes and Bakes, as it produces cupcakes with a lovely light texture.
150g caster sugar
150g self-raising flour (sieved)
2 large eggs (beaten)
3 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
75g butter (room temperature)
250g icing sugar (sieved)
4 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
Iced Gems (1 small pack)
Mini Jammie Dodgers (a few packs)
Mini Party Rings (1 small pack) or Pink Wafers (2 or 3 biscuits)
Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with cupcake cases. Put the butter in a bowl and soften with a wooden spoon. Add the remaining cupcake ingredients and beat well for a few minutes until it is well combined. Spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases, around two-thirds in each case. Place in the oven and bake for 20 – 25 minutes, or until golden and risen. Allow the cupcakes to cool in the tin for 5 minutes and then move them onto a wire rack and allow to cool completely.
To make the icing, beat the butter in a bowl so that it is smooth, then mix in the icing sugar in batches. Add the milk and vanilla extract and beat until it forms a smooth icing. If you are using Party Rings, break 6 biscuits in half, and if you are using Pink Wafers cut them up into 12 small even pieces.
Put the buttercream in a piping bag with a star nozzle. The size of the nozzle depends on what you would like the icing to look like (I prefer a smaller nozzle for these). Carefully pipe the icing on each cupcake, then add an Iced Gem, a mini Jammie Dodger and a mini Party Ring/Pink Wafer to each cupcake in any fashion which you prefer. You can also use icing sugar instead of buttercream icing, and place the decoration biscuits on top before the icing sets. I also like to sprinkle edible pink glitter over the cupcakes once iced to give them an extra shine! The sugar levels in these party cupcakes are high, however one bite and you will feel like you are at a children’s birthday party all over again, enjoy 🙂