I’ve a lovely week off work so far. Managed to catch up on many little things that I’d left behind (house chores and whatnot) and finally have done all of it! YAY. Nonetheless still went to the office this morning just to check out some stuff and thought it would be nice to give a little gift to the admin ladies 🙂 nothing better than a pickup on Hump day Wednesday.
INGREDIENTS- makes 18
For the cupcakes-
180ml veg oil
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 1/3 cups flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp white vinegar
250 buttermilk (or 250milk of milk and add 2 tsp lemon let it sit for 5 minutes)
red food colouring (as much as needed)
For the buttercream-
400gr butter, soft
4 cups icing sugar
2tsp toffee essence
red,blue and yellow food colouring
Turn oven on 180°. Sift the flour, the cocoa powder and the baking powder together. In a separate bowl, mix the oil and the sugar until combined and then add the eggs. Scrape down the bowl and alternate the flour mixture with the buttermilk. in a small glass pour the white vinegar and the baking soda. Let it foam and add in the batter along with the red food colouring. Depending on how strong the colour is you might need to put more or less. Now divide the batter in the cupcakes tray and bake for 20 minutes. Let cool completely before piping frosting on them.
Make the buttercream. Beat the butter, icing sugar and toffee essence together. Divide the buttercream in two bowl: one i dyed blue and the other orange (mixing 1 drop of red and 3-4 of yellow).
Now put each in a piping bag. For the orange roses I used a nozzle N104 and for the blue flowers and roses I used a nozzle N61 with different techniques. I have uploaded the videos of how to make these on Youtube and should be linked in the blog also. Sorry for the low quality but at least I hope it’s easier to see rather than to read how to do this! 🙂
For some cupcakes I cut off the top so to level it out, making it easier for me to pipe, but you don’t have to if you don’t want to.
Starting with the roses (n104) start piping at the centre , pointing the widest part of the nozzle towards the bottom touching the cupcakes, and rotate the cupcake so to make an open circle.
And start making smaller petals around always with circular movement around the centre of the cupcakes.
This will build up outwards making a lovely rose :)Watch the video below for more detail.
Now for the other flowers I used a n61 nozzle. See the video below!
Ciao for now! xox