National Cupcake Week 2010

As this week is National Cupcake Week (13th-19th September), I thought I would take the opportunity to show you some of the cupcakes I have made recently. I have not had much time for baking so I have only made two lots of cupcakes for family gatherings and celebrations.

The ones above are Aston Villa Football Club Cupcakes for my godson Joshua’s 8th Birthday. I brought some claret food colouring off ebay and with my official football colour monitor, Stuart made the cupcakes. Stuart is also a Villa fan so he took much more interest in these cupcakes than any other I have made.

These sunshine yellow cupcakes were made for my Nan’s Birthday BBQ in July. I was inspired to decorate yellow with flying saucer toppers after attending the Cirencester Cupcakes decorating class. I have loved flying saucers since I was a child and I like the texture change they give against the soft cupcake. The others were decorated with blue glitter sprinkles. I used a vanilla cupcake base and vanilla buttercream icing for these and the Aston Villa ones. I believe that with cupcakes simple is best.

What cupcakes have you been making? Have you done anything special for National Cupcake Week? What is your favourite way to decorate cupcakes?

Happy Cooking! :-)

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9 Responses to National Cupcake Week 2010

  1. They look great especially the claret red!

    What hints on buttercream icing do you have as when my wife or ever try to make it it never turns out. Mine tastes odd an hers always splits.

    @grub_up

    • Always use proper softened unsalted butter. It is 250g of butter to 500g of icing. Beat butter with an electric whisk or in a food processor until smooth ish and add icing sugar and beat well until smooth and combined. Add vanilla extract and any colour you like and mix again. I suggest using the gel food colourings as they do not water down the icing unlike traditional food colouring. :-)

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  4. Oh, I love the flying saucer cakes! Flying saucers are one of my favourite childhood sweets :-)

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  6. How quickly do the flying saucers dissolve in the buttercream?

    • They last a couple of days at the most. You need to put them on at the last second before you serve them so they look good for a bit

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