Saturday, 7 January 2012
Fancy up that Basic Cupcake!
Cupcakes. Sweet little handfuls of utter goodness. They are enough to settle the sweet tooth in us without eating a quarter of a cake! Let's face it though, we don't all have time to make our cupcakes from scratch... or the icing. Boxed cake, container frosting... they quickly become your plain old generic cupcake. Here is a quick way to bump your cupcakes from plain and boring to something a little extra special. We are going to 'fill' those cupcakes!
First, bake up some boxed cake mix into some lovely little cupcakes as per box directions (use whatever mix you like). I used 'confetti' cake mix. So far, pretty generic looking.
Here is the fun part! Get some sort of medicine dropper (any parent with small children are likely to have one of these hanging around), and fill it up with your favourite kind of jam or jelly. I'm using raspberry jam. You could also use something like Nutella if you've make chocolate cupcakes.
Inject the jam into the centre of the cupcake. I got a good tablespoon's worth in there. If your cupcakes are dense, you might not get quite as much in them.
Only a tiny whole in the top as evidence. Nobody will ever know once they have been frosted until they take a bite!
Nothing fancy here. I used container frosting in plain vanilla. I tinted mine pink with food colouring I had on hand. Here is a tip... if you whip the container frosting with your mixer, it will expand in volume and become a lot lighter and will stretch further! I decided to pipe my icing, hence why it's in a bag. I just cut the corner off the bag and went to town. No need for fancy bits and such. If you're not into the whole piping thing, you can frost them with a spatula or knife too. If you do pipe the icing, chill it a little bit in the fridge first. It will be easier to work with.
Ta-da! Pretty little cupcake! I know, the sweet pink teacup is awesome isn't it?! Courtesy of my Mother. She found it at a thrift store and gifted it to me this past Christmas. :) But I'm sure you're more curious about what the cupcake looks like on the inside, right?
Fantastic is what it looks like! I think I completely lucked out with how perfect this one cut open lol. You couldn't even see where I poked into the cupcake to put the jam in. It also tasted wonderful and was husband and toddler approved!
Enjoy taking those cupcakes to the next level. I'd love to hear some of your ideas for flavour combinations!