Tuesday 5 June 2012

Jubilee Vanilla Cupcakes with Triple Coloured Buttercream Icing

New cupcake stand!

I have to say that I've really enjoyed this Jubilee holiday. No street parties or barbeques here, but just enjoying the festivities that the nation are engaged in, and the lovely, pervasive relaxed atmosphere. And watching our Queen on the television. Happiness.

Unfortunately (for my bank account) I have been well and truly sucked in by all the Jubilee merchandise. I'm sure I'm a dream target audience for marketing types - I tend to see, think 'Oh, that's nice...' and buy. Then later on think.... but I don't need two new mugs/a cake stand/teatowels/millions of themed cupcake cases/ma'amite..... Bother. I guess I'll use them up eventually, just don't be surprised when my Christmas cupcakes are still being presented in Jubilee cases! And I've used the cupcake stand for the pictures here. It's not too Jubilee, so hopefully it'll get another few outings.

I wanted a simple cupcake recipe here, because my focus was on the decoration. A while ago when my June 2012 issue of Delicious. magazine arrived I was flicking through and saw their two-tone cupcake icing (pg 88) and then later on in the issue their 'Technique of the Month' on page 101 is how to do this two-tone icing. Really wanted to try this. Then I saw Jules' amazingly decorated cupcakes. Now I really, really wanted to have a go, and the Jubilee seemed as good a time as any.

Now mine aren't a patch on Jules' version - you must hop across to see what I mean (and she has other stunning designs too) but I'm pretty pleased for a first attempt.

Vanilla cupcakes
Ingredients (makes 12)
175g Stork margarine
175g caster sugar
3 eggs (med/large)
110g self raising flour
65g plain flour
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the buttercream frosting (enough to frost 16 happily)
160g unsalted butter, softened
320g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

- Preheat your oven to gas 4/180C. Place 12 (Jubilee themed) cases in a muffin tin.
- Cream the Stork and sugar until very light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs, flours and vanilla and beat well until all combined and smooth.
- Divide between the cases and bake for 20-25 minutes until risen and light golden.
- Remove and allow to cool on wire rack.

For the buttercream - beat the butter alone until light and creamy, then gradually add the icing sugar, beating well after each addition. I added mine in 4 lots of 80g. This just helps to avoid the spread of icing sugar all over the kitchen. I object to breathing icing sugar! Add the vanilla extract and a little boiled water to achieve the texture you want.

Coloured and into three piping bags

Now for the interesting bit.....
- Divide the buttercream between three bowls (or two additional bowls to the one you started out in). Add the colours you want to the intensity you want them.
- Fill three piping bags with each of the colours - one colour per bag
- Put your nozzle into a fourth bag and then place the other three inside, trying to ensure they are evenly placed and all down to the base of the bag and poking into the nozzle. 
- You're all set - pipe away!

All three bags inside the fourth

There is enough buttercream to frost sixteen cakes - I wasn't sure how much to start out with and wanted to make sure I had enough. Luckily I've had a bit of a baking day today and there were some other cupcakes sitting round ready to be iced by the time I was doing these ones, so the buttercream wasn't wasted. I'll hopefully get round to posting my other baking exploits soon, but being Jubilee themed this one is already on the late side!

Next time I will definitely invest in some gel colours - I just couldn't get the intensity I wanted using the Silver Spoon colours commonly available in the supermarkets explaining why mine are rather pink and pale blue rather than red and royal blue! I also noticed that they buttercream colours started to look a little split/curdled too. I'm not sure why this was, but hopefully gel colours will help there too. I also really, really need a Wilton 1M tip. Amazon here I come. I'm sure they'll be well received at work in spite of my perceived imperfections!


Janice said...

Well done on the tri-colour piping, I haven't tried that. Your cakes look properly festive and your cake plate is gorgeous.

Baking Addict said...

I've always wanted to try two or three tone icing but never dared. These look amazing!! I think they are brilliant for a first attempt - I may just be brave enough... soon!

Suelle said...

The multi-toned frosting is very effective - the cupcakes look lovely.

Johanna GGG said...

so clever! I was wondering how the icing was done. And I love your cake stand - the bunting on it seems perfect for any celebration so I am sure you will get lots of use out of it

Katie said...

Wow they look stunning! Love the jubilee cases too. I've done two toned icing before but always just put both colours into one bag, which got a bit messy, this way is so much better! Really impressed it worked with 3 colours - wow!

Choclette said...

Oh you should be pleased C, these are amazing. I still haven't mastered piping never mind three tone piping!

Alicia Foodycat said...

That is such a clever technique! I'm with you on the Wilton 1M - I've had one in my amazon basket for weeks.

Jude said...

Oh they are so pretty!

Nic said...

Gorgeous looking cupcakes, perfect for the Jubilee.

celia said...

That is so cool, Caroline! I love the technique for the 3 coloured piping!

Caroline said...

Janice - thank you! I'm really pleased with the cake plate too!

Ros - thanks! It wasn't as hard as I'd thought - give it a shot!

Suelle - thanks!

Johanna - I'm hoping that the cake stand gets lots more outings. It isn't too 'Jubilee' to be used at other times. It is a clever technique for the buttercream isn't it!

Katie - it's a good technique to know! I've not tried with two colours in one bag - the advantage of this way is that you can top them up if you need to as well.

Choclette - I am pleased!!! I'm sure I've seen piping on your blog and everything you do looks great, so I'm sure you're doing yourself a disservice!

Foodycat - almost worth the money I pay for the magazine subscription to get occasional ideas like this! I really must get a 1M tip...

Jude - thank you, I was pleased with them!

Nic - thanks!


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