Friday, April 4, 2008

cupcakes for the fair

Last week one of the girls at work asked if I would make some cupcakes for her son’s school fair. I was very flattered of course and went home on Friday night to make cupcakes. I decided to do half girly and half for boys. I also made half vanilla, using the Crabapple bakery vanilla cupcake recipe that I have made before, and the other half, chocolate. Instead of using my favourite chocolate cupcake recipe, I tried out the Crabapple bakery recipe and it was great!! I need to use this book more often. The cake wasn’t too rich (which I thought was a good thing given my target market of kids!!!) and had a lovely light texture. Kids would love them, as would adults.

I decorated the boys’ cakes with blue icing and the girl’s with pink (of course!!). I used little blue wrappers for the boys and Disney princess wrappers for the girls, then decorated them with decorations that I made with coloured fondant (my new favourite way for decorating) – hearts and flowers for the girls and stars for the boys. I cant think of anything more imaginative to decorate boys’ cakes – any suggestions?

I was really pleased with how the cakes looked and apparently they sold like hot cakes!!!

Crabapple Bakery Chocolate cupcakes (I halved this recipe and got 30 cupcakes)

3 c flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3 tbsp instant coffee
1 c hot water
1 c cocoa
1 c cold water
200g butter
2 ½ c castor sugar
4 eggs
1 tbsp vanilla

· Combine coffee and hot water, then add cocoa and cold water to make a thick liquid
· Cream butter & sugar, add eggs one at a time and then vanilla
· Sift together dry ingredients and fold into butter mix alternately with cocoa mixture
Spoon into cupcake cases and bake at 180c for about 18 minutes


Anonymous said...

They looked very pretty for the girls & cool for the boys, I'm not surprised they went down like hot cakes. Animal cutouts could work for boys or a car if there is such a shape to buy.Well done once again Tammy Lyn

Megan said...

The cupcakes look great Tammy and thanks for sharing the recipe. Just a typo in the cooking time :) I am guessing about 15 to 20 minutes? Thanks again for your great blog. Megan

Tammy said...

thanks Megan!!! oops, I meant 18 minutes! I hav edited the post :0)

Tammy said...

Hi Lyn, I cant get cutters small enough for those biy shapes. I have a very small dinosaur cutter, but even that was too big for the cupcakes.

Cakelaw said...

These are sooo pretty - almost too good to eat.

Morven said...

I think the star shape is just fine for a boy's cake - it's the coloured icing that really makes them special. I can't remember the last time I made cupcakes and you've inspired me to try them now.

Megan said...

Hi Tammy! How do you think the cupcake recipe would freeze? I am making 100 cupcakes for a 21st on Saturday night and wondered if I could get started and freeze them ready for icing Saturday. Thanks for you help and for your great blog :)

Tammy said...

Hi Megan

I think they would freeze well before they were iced. But, they keep well too, so you could probably make them even on Thursday and they would be ok. I am making cupcakes for a 16th birthday party on Saturday - I will make them Friday night and decorate them Saturday morning. thanks for your nice comments re: my blog!

Megan said...

Thanks Tammy! Will probably start making them Thursday as I have 100 to make :)

Essie said...

Hi Tammy, your blog is so beautiful. & the cupcakes do in fact look like they belong in a recipe book. Perhaps a cupcake recipe book?
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