Birthday Party Cupcakes!

O’s birthday was the day after his soft play party.  We didn’t really want to pay for a huge cake to be eaten by a load of kids we didn’t really know and then have nothing left for his actual birthday, so I came up with a master plan!

I am quite partial to a bit of baking and thought why not bake cupcakes for the kiddies to take home with their party bags?!  We can take his proper birthday cake there for the whole “Happy Birthday” singalong, blow the candles out palaver, then bring it home again to enjoy the following day.

O had asked time and again for a Lion King themed birthday cake and so I got hunting on eBay for some rice paper printed cupcake toppers.  These are what I found and bought, cheap as chips…

On the morning of his party, I got all my ingredients together and started to bake…  I think I got carried away making 4 batches when there was only 22 kids at the party!!  But adults love cake just as much, so why not?!

The recipe goes like this:

Makes 12 cupcakes
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

110g unsalted butter, at room temperature
110g caster sugar
2 free-range eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
110g self raising flour
1-2 tbsp milk

For the Frosting:

140g unsalted butter, at room temperature
280g icing sugar
1-2 tbsp milk
Food colouring (optional)

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees c (fan assisted oven).
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy – I use an electric mixer for easiness.
  3. Add the eggs slowly and stir in the vanilla extract.  Be careful not to over-work the batter here, or it’ll look like scrambled eggs!  Don’t worry though, it’s still salvageable.
  4. Sift the flour into the bowl and fold into the mix with a metal spoon.  Adding a little milk to achieve a dropping consistency.
  5. Spoon the mixture into paper cases – they only need to be about half full.  I’ve found that a heaped dessert spoonful is about the right amount.
  6. Bake in the centre of the oven for 10-15 minutes, until golden.
  7. Take out of the oven and let cool for a couple of minutes in the tray.  Transfer to a wire cooling rack to allow them to cool completely before frosting.

Frosting:
  1. Beat the butter with half of the amount of icing sugar (140g) until smooth and light in colour.
  2. Add the remaining icing sugar to the mix and 1 tbsp of milk.
  3. Continue to beat until smooth and light.  At this point, add a few drops of food colouring if you so wish.
  4. Transfer the frosting mixture into your piping bag, fitted with a large star shaped nozzle.
  5. Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes in a circular motion, from the outside in to the centre in a clockwise direction.
  6. Decorate the frosted cupcakes with cupcake toppers, hundreds and thousands or any other decorative yumminess!  

And that’s it!  Easy as that!

We had bought some cupcake boxes from our local Home Bargains store to take them to the party in. Only £1 or so each, and hold 12 cupcakes.  Really handy even if you’re just looking to keep them fresh!

Have you tried your hand at baking?  Would you consider baking cupcakes for your little one’s party?

2 thoughts on “Birthday Party Cupcakes!

  1. They look lovely. Always think cupcakes are a much better idea for a birthday party as no arguments over size of piece or whether you have a corner piece or not!

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