Wednesday, 4 July 2012

4th July Mini Cupcakes

Today is American Independence Day and over the past few days lots of red, white and blue themed treats and snacks have been appearing on blogs. I know we don’t celebrate it here in the UK, but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy getting in the spirit of things and baking some red, white and blue mini cupcakes, in honour of my American friends.

These are simple, all-in-one, mini vanilla cupcakes that I tinted red with a few pin-pricks of food dye. I then made a quick butter and icing sugar frosting which I tinted blue before topping them with a teeny-weeny white sugar star. You can go from raw ingredients to finished cupcakes in only 30minutes. Cute, bite-sized and delicious!

4th July Mini Cupcakes
Cupcakes
60g GF self raising flour
60g butter
60g caster sugar
1 egg
½ tsp vanilla
½ tsp GF baking powder
Red food paste

Icing
70g butter
140g icing sugar
2-3 tsp milk
Blue food paste

Decoration
Mini white sugar stars or fondant stars

Mini Cupcakes
Preheat the oven to 170C. Line a mini cupcake tin with 24 paper cases.
Make sure the butter is very soft. Mix all the ingredients, except the food dye, together until smooth and beat until light and fluffy.
Add a tiny amount of food paste using the tip of a cocktail stick. Mix to combine, adding more food dye if necessary.
Divide the batter between the paper cases using a teaspoon.
Bake for 13-15 minutes until springy to the touch.
Allow to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Icing
Make sure the butter is soft and beat until soft and fluffy. Add the icing sugar and blend until well incorporated.
Add the milk and mix to create a smooth thick frosting. Add a tiny amount of food paste using the tip of a cocktail stick. Mix to combine, adding more food dye if necessary.
Pipe on top of the cooled mini cupcakes using a large star nozzle.
Decorate with white sugar stars or cut a small white star out of fondant icing
Makes 24 mini cupcakes

6 comments:

Please Do Not Feed The Animals. said...

They are very cute. I think I need to do mini cupcakes. I think the big American size cupcakes are too big.

Cupcake Crazy Gem said...

Ahhh Katie these are so super cute! I absolutely love that you got the red, white and blue in there! These would look amazing on a 4th July dessert bar! Love them!

Johanna GGG said...

very cute - it has occurred to me that the blue red and white theme would go equally well for the UK and the US

Becca said...

These are so cute. And Thank you for celebrating with us Americans. :)

Paloma said...

These look so yummy!!! THanks for sharing!!! :)

MiMi Bakery House said...

these minis are so cute & pretty. I'd like to have one:)