I’m pretty sure I am developing an addiction to piping now, looks like cupcakes are going to be a regular thing! I wanted to try out doing some two tone icing, so used blue colouring to get a two tone wintery look for these cakes. I made these cakes to take to Cambridge for a friend’s birthday present. This meant having to very carefully transport them on the tube and the train! I managed! Transporting cakes across London seems to be becoming one of my specialities!
So, to make the cupcakes:
6oz margarine or butter
6oz caster sugar
6oz self raising flour
splash of milk
1 tsp vanilla essence.
Mix together the butter and sugar first. Add the eggs one at a time and mix after each one. If it starts to separate then add a little bit of the flour in. Then fold the flour into the mix. Add a splash of milk and a tsp of vanilla essence and combine well. Spoon the mixture into cupcake/muffin cases and bake for 15 minutes at 180C.
To make the buttercream icing:
210g unsalted butter (softened)
420g icing sugar
1-2 tbsp milk
Whisk the butter first to soften it and then add the icing sugar half at a time. Add a tablespoon of milk to soften the mixture a bit and another one if needed.
To get a two tone effect on the icing you need a gel or paste food colouring such as Wilton or Sugarflair. Use a paint brush to paint a couple of stripes of the colouring inside your piping bag. Then roll the outside of the bag so that the inside of the bag is coated with the food colouring. A little bit goes a long way! In my first attempt I used too much food colouring and got quite a dark colour, these became my midnight winter cupcakes! Second attempt worked much better and gave a more subtle blue. I used Wilton sky blue colour.
Fill the piping bag with your buttercream, push the icing down into the bag and twist the top. Once the cakes are completely cool you can get piping. You will need to pipe a bit of the icing out first until the colour starts coming through.
I finished mine off with white snowflakes which I made from white ready to roll icing, and a sprinkle of glitter dust!
And here is one of my midnight winter cupcakes!
I have also entered this into Very Good Recipes – White Christmas Challenge.