Monday, 11 March 2013

St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes.

St. Patrick's day is this Sunday 17th March. I had seen similar ideas of these cakes on the internet so I decided to make some inspired by them. 

To make 9 of these cupcakes you will need:
1 cake mix or your favorite plain cupcake recipe. (I tend to use cake mix when I am at uni as it's cheap 72p and storage at uni is limited).
2 eggs and 60 ml of water to make up the cake mix.  
5 teaspoons of green food colouring.
5 rainbow fizzy belts.
gold sweets, I used gold coloured chocolate buttons but gold foiled sweets or broken up honey comb would work too. 
250g butter.
250g icing sugar. 
1 tablespoon of milk for the icing. 
9 cupcake cases. 

Mix the eggs, water and food colouring with the dry mix. I added half a teaspoon at a time and added 3 teaspoons in total. Mix with an electric mixer for 2 minutes. 

After 2 minutes of mixing it will look something like this. 

Divide equally into the cupcake cases. 

Bake at 180 for 18 minutes. Take out of the oven and leave to cool. These below were left in a little to long as they were at the top of the oven so place yours on a middle shelf. 

Cube the butter and leave to soften while the cakes cool. 

Add half the icing sugar and cream with the back of a metal spoon.

 Add the other half of the icing sugar and a dash of milk if needed to help it spread. 

I did three of the cakes with plain icing then thought green might look better so added two tea spoons of green food colouring. 

Dollop a spoonful of the icing into the centre of the cake. spread around evenly with the back of a teaspoon. 

Cut the rainbow fizzy belts in half then bend them and push the ends into the icing. 

Add the gold sweets to one end of the rainbow to act as your 'pot of gold.' 

And then they are done. Simple to make, but look great. 
Serve with a green coloured drink to complete the theme and it will be green tongues all round.

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