Funny Ghost Cupcakes

Halloween is here!

But no fear! This year I’ll show you some funny and friendly ghosts who are eager to be eaten! haha

Ghost Cupcakes

Ghost Cupcakes

Although they are very simple, these cupcakes are the most special ones I’ve ever made because I had to make them with a one-armed mixer! Last week one of the beaters suddenly stopped working. But I really wanted to bake, so it wasn’t an obstacle for me!

Anyway, I’m waiting for my new mixer… A kitchenaid, maybe? ; )

Ghost Cupcakes

These plain ghosts are very easy to make. You just have to pipe 3 concentric circles of buttercream onto your cupcake by means of a large round decorating tip (I used #1A). Keep squeezing your piping bag in each layer for few seconds. Each circle/layer has to be smaller than the previous one. When piping the ghost’s head, you have to pull up your hand in order to get a peak on top. Then, you have to add some black fondant details to make faces more expressive and funny.

Enjoy these funny ghosts!

See you in the next post.

 

Red Velvet Recipe

Hi there!

Some time ago I promised you to post the Red Velvet Cupcakes recipe. And here it is!

After struggling with my MS Paint, let me introduce you the Red Velvet Cupcake’s Anatomy:  Red Velvet Cupcake Til now, simple and easy to understand, isn’t it? haha. 

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Now, before baking them, let’s with some baking tips which will help you a little bit!

Baking Tips

•  This delicious sponge contains buttermilk. If you don’t have it, you can get something similar instead by adding 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice to 120 ml of milk. Stir and wait for 5-10 minutes. 

•  With regard to the red food colouring, I strongly recommend “Extra red” concentrated paste of Sugarfair (as I already said in a previous post). This recipe just needs 1/2 tsp

  The recipe that I’m going to show you is based on the original Hummingbird Bakery one, a well-known bakery in London. 

 Ingredients (for 12 cupcakes)

Ingredients

♥ Red Velvet Cupcakes

♦ 60 grs BUTTER (unsalted, room temperature)
♦ 150 grs SUGAR
♦ 1EGG
♦ 1 tsp COCOA POWDER (sifted)
♦ 120 ml buttermilk or = 120 ml + 1 tbsp squeezed LEMON 
♦ 1 tsp 
♦ 150 grs FLOUR (sifted)
♦ 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
♦ 11/2 tsp white vinegar
♦ 2 tbsp Red food colouring. If you use Extra Red concentrated paste of Sugarflair, you will just need 1/2 tsp

 

 IcingCream Cheese

♦ 300 grs 

♦ 50 grs BUTTER (room temperature)
♦ 125 grs (cold) 

 

Process

♥ Red Velvet Cupcakes

1) Pre-heat the oven (170º).

2)  MIX>> BUTTER SUGAR in a mixing bowl until fluffy and creamy.

3)  Add EGG+ and  keep MIXING until everything is well incorporated. 

4) Add COCOA POWDERand MIXthoroughly. 

5) Pour in half the buttermilk and MIXuntil well mixed (see above how to make your own buttermilk).

6) Add half the  FLOUR and MIXfor a few seconds. 

7) Add the remaining buttermilk and keep MIX

8) Add the remaining  FLOUR  and MIXuntil you have a smooth and even mixture.

9) Take a glass and mix white vinegar + bicarbonate of soda. Add into the main mixture and MIX for a couple of minutes. 

10) Add the red colouring and MIXuntil everything is well mixed. 

11) Place CUPCAKE CASESinto  and spoon the mixture. 

Red Velvet Cupcakes

12) OVENBake for 20-22 minutes (check the cupcakes with a skewer or cake tester, which has to come out clean when the cupcakes are ready). 

Red Velvet Cupcakes

13) Let them cool onto a cooling stand (wait 2 hours at least before decorating).

  Red Velvet Cupcakes  

IcingCream Cheese

1) MIX>> BUTTER+ until they are well mixed. 

2) Add  and keep MIXfor about 5 min., until the frosting is light and fluffy (do not over beat, as it can become runny easily). 

 

Decoration

Once the cupcakes are cold… LET’S DECORATE! I piped the icing with #2D decorating tip and added some red sprinkles on top, although it’s more usual to add grated red sponge as topping when making Red Velvet. 

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Check how red velvets look inside… Ultra red and fluffy! Yum, yum! 

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Happy baking!

Party Animal Cakes

Hi there!

It’s been quite a long time since I wrote my last post. I was spending some days in Barcelona and France and I didn’t have enough time to post (you know: family, friends, visiting places and monuments non-stop…). But I’m eager to do it right now, as well as baking new recipes! I’m back full of energy!

I’d like to show you my last work. Some weeks ago a friend of mine placed an order for his two-year-old son’s birthday party. It would be an animal party in a farm, so I had to make both cupcakes and a cake with animal shapes. 

Animal Party Cakes

I was invited to that party. It was quite funny to see all those little kids looking surprised at the cakes. They were restlessly around the table waiting for eating them. However they had to wait until the birth boy blew out the candles. But when his parents were lighting them, the birth boy took a sheep cupcake with no permission and put it into his mouth, eating it in almost one bit. It was really funny because his face was completely full of icing… and happiness!!

Animal Cupcakes

As you can see, I made a lion cake , using several mini- cupcakes to make the mane. I also prepared sheep, pig, owl, chick, and lion cupcakes. I mainly used flavoured buttercream for the decoration (vanilla, chocolate and strawberry) and some rolled fondant for the details. I added different food colourings, depending on the part. 

Animal Cupcakes

Animal Cupcakes

Regarding to the nozzles I used for piping buttercream, they were:

♦ Lion’s mane (cake): #2D (closed star tip)

♦ Sheep: #30 (closed star tip)

♦ Lions’ mane  (cupcakes): #30 (closed star tip)

♦ Owls: #1A (round tip)

♦ Chicks:#233 (multi-opening tip)

Buttercream on lion’s face and pig cupcakes was applied by means of a palette knife.

Animal Cupcakes

A part from the “sheep moment”, there was another funny moment during the party: a curious dog came into the room (nobody knew who its owner was), jumped onto the table and, as bold as brass,  took a cupcake, which was devoured immediately and completely, even with the baking cup!! But it was not over…  The dog did the same after a while! Was he hungry? Did he like my cupcakes? I’ll never know it ;)

By the way, these animals can be eaten by vegetarian people as well. Inspire yourself with these pictures and try to make them!

Have a nice weekend.