Saturday, 14 June 2014

Cupcake birthday cake

It was close to my youngest 4th birthday when I realised I have no idea what cake to bake. Asking the birthday girl was pointless as her imagination is greater then my decoration skills. I was looking for something tasty, easy to make and easy to serve. Attending to different parties I have seen too often beautiful birthday cakes not eaten, parents struggling to cut the cake... ah not this year. This year I have decided to bake my children's favourite chocolate cupcakes, arrange them into a cake and decorate them with frosting. When I asked my little one about sun cake she was delighted. I am aware of the fact that this cake doesn't look professional but it was home baked, tasty, took seconds to serve and what is more important most of it was eaten.

Ingredients for 20 cup cakes:
  • 250g margarine for baking
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 4 tbsp baking cocoa
  • 1 1/2 mug* of sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 mug* of flour
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 16 g vanilla sugar
 *take regular coffee mug
Preheat the oven to 200C. Line a muffin tin with paper cases.
In a sauce pan put the margarine, milk, sugar, cocoa powder and bring it to boil stirring all the time. When it is boiled let the mixture to cool down. After some time, when the mixture is room temperature, add the flour, baking powder, vanilla sugar and egg yolks. Give it a good stir. In separate bowl whisk egg whites until stiff (add pinch of salt). Gently fold the egg white foam into the batter. Spoon the batter in paper cases 3/4 full. Bake for 15-20 min. Check with toothpick if baked in the middle.  
Transfer baked cupcakes to the wire rack to cool them down completely. While cooling down prepare the frosting.
  • 300g Philadelphia cream cheese
  • 250g soft butter
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • food colourings

 Put the soft butter into an electric mixer bowl and whisk until smooth. While whisking add icing sugar. When the sugar is well incorporated start adding cream cheese. When all cream cheese is added increase the speed and whisk until smooth and fluffy.
Divide the frosting among bowls and stir in the food colourings to get desire colours. Chill in the fridge for about an hour.
Arrange the cooled cupcakes on a tray. Transfer the frosting into piping bags. Use the yellow frosting to create the Sun, fill the gaps with blue frosting and with black and red create the face. 
 Enjoy !

Recipe in Polish

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