Monday, 19 November 2012

Tutorial: Princess Mini Cakes

As the title suggest this is a tutorial. My first ever tutorial. (Yay!)
Where did the idea come from? I'm going to Euro Disney and love all things Disney, otherwise what's the point of going to Disneyland? Anyways, I wanted to do something that celebrated my love of Disney take took form of a cupcake without going over the top. 
As the idea of a cupcake is to keep it simple and elegant. So this tutorial is really simple and is a good excuse to sing well known Disney songs around the kitchen and maybe wear a crown as well.

This tutorial will make 4 pretty Princess Cakes depending on how much buttercream you want to use. I did mine thick so I only make the 4 Princess Cakes.
You will need:
Basic Butterscotch Cupcakes- Make 12 little cakes
  • 100g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 75 ml whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon of butterscotch essence

For the Butterscotch Buttercream
  • 400g icing sugar
  • 200g unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon of butterscotch essence


Equipment You Will Need:
  • Cupcake Tin
  • Hand whisk
  • Jug
  • Cupcake Cases

Method
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180c/350f/Gas Mark 4. 
  2. Place flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and butter together in a bowl.  
  3. Mix together with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.  
  4. In another bowl whisk eggs, milk and essence together until well blended. 
  5. Slowly pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients, whisking all the time.  
  6. Whisk gently until smooth, being careful not to over-mix. Pour the cake batter into jug to make it easy to handle. 
  7. Place 12 paper cupcakes cases into the cupcake tin. 
  8. Carefully pour all the cake batter into the cases, filling each one only half way.  
  9. Bake for 20-25 mins until springy to touch. 
  10. Leave for a few minutes, the transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.  
  11. To make the frosting, combine the icing sugar, butterscotch extract and butter in a bowl. 
  12. Beat with an electric whisk for around 5 mins until light and fluffy.  
  13. Check the cakes have completely cooled or they will melt the frosting.


So while your cake's are cooling you need to make your toppers:
Equipment You Will Need:
  • Princess Toppers (I got these from Kreations Parties )
  • Lolly-sticks/sucker-sticks/toothpicks
  • Scissors
  • Tape
Method:
  1. Cut out your princesses carefully. Remember when using scissors be very careful.
  2. Place your sticks in the middle of the cut out at the back. 
  3. Tape the stick in the middle and make sure that its secure. 
Cut out your princesses carefully. Remember when using scissors be very careful.
Place your sticks in the middle of the cut out at the back.
Once you've got your princess cake toppers ready and your cupcakes are cool need to start building your cake 'dresses'. Essentially, its 2 cupcakes to one dress just like the picture below. To secure the two cakes together, level the cakes carefully with a knife and spread a layer of buttercream between them.
To secure the two cakes together, level the cakes carefully and spread a layer of buttercream between them. 
To Decorate the Cakes You Will Need:
  • Buttercream used with the recipe above
  • Food Paste Colours in princess colours (See left)
  • Glitter
  • Piping bag with a star nozzle
  • A small palette knife.



Method: 
  1. Once the cakes have been 'glued' together with the buttercream. Separate the buttercream according to which colour's you want. 
  2. Cover your cakes in a layer of buttercream and put in the fridge to create a crumb layer. Do this for every cake.
  3. Once the cakes have chilled in the fridge for an hour, smooth on the buttercream and decorate to your liking!
Cover your cakes in a layer of buttercream and put in the fridge to create a crumb layer
I used plain simple colours with a little glitter and piped on a couple of details. I wanted it to remain simple but here are the results:
Snow White and Belle Princess Cupcakes
Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) and Ariel (The Little Mermaid) Princess Cupcakes

I'm quite proud of my little princesses! Aren't they so sweet? If you try this tutorial, post pictures on the blog, email me pictures, post them on the facebook page or on twitter.
I hope that your enjoyed the tutorial and had fun reading!

Bake On!
Penny
Bake On! Penny x
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