Animal Cupcakes for Mother's Day - exclusive app recipe!

Struggling for ideas for Mother’s Day gifts for this Sunday? Why not use this exclusive recipe from Annabel’s app to create some beautiful cakes, they are also great fun to decorate!  The chocolate teddy bears are bound to be a favourite with mums!

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Animal Cupcakes

ANIMAL CUPCAKES

Cupcakes are always popular and children will have fun decorating them to look like animals.. For best results the butter and eggs should be at room temperature

Ingredients - Makes 10 cupcakes

125g butter (at room temperature) or margarine 

125g caster sugar two thirds cup superfine sugar

Half tsp lemon zest

2 eggs

125g self raising flour   1 cup plus 1 tbsp self rising flour

Quarter tsp baking powder

Buttercream

225g icing sugar sifted   superfine sugar, sifted

100g soft unsalted butter 

1 tbsp milk

Half tsp vanilla essence

Alternatively you can use ready prepared vanilla and chocolate frosting

Decoration

 Teddy Bear Chocolate frosting, Chocolate buttons, Mini chocolate Digestive biscuits, White and red jelly beans, Black Writing Icing

 Frog Green food colouring, White chocolate buttons (resting on cocktail sticks pushed into the side of the cupcake), Green jelly beans, Green Writing Icing, White Writing Icing

 PiggyPink food colouring, Pink marshmallows, Mini candy coated chocolate beans, Licorice Allsorts

 Marhsmallow SheepLarge white marshmallows, Mini marshamallows, Black Writing Icing

Pussy Cat Yellow M&Ms, Black Writing Icing, Licorice Allsorts

 PandaChocolate Butttons, Brown M&M’s, Mini brown chocolate coated candy, White Writing Icing

Method

Pre heat the oven to 180C Fan 160C. 350F  Line a muffin tin with 10 paper cases.  Put the butter, sugar, lemon zest, flour and baking powder into the bowl and beat in an electric food mixer until smooth. Divide the mixture between the paper cases  and cook in the oven for about 20  minutes or until golden and springy to the touch.

Remove from the oven and cool in the muffin tin for  a few minutes, then transfer the cupcakes  to a wire rack to cool completely.

Whilst the cupcakes are baking you can prepare the icing. Beat the butter in a large bowl until soft.  Add half the icing sugar and beat until smooth. Add the remaining icing sugar , the milk and a few drops of vanilla essence.. You can divide the icing into  a few bowls and colour with a few drops of food colouring.

Once the cakes are cold  swirl some of the icing on top of the cakes and decorate them to look like animals using the sweets, Writing Icing and Mini Cookies..

For the Marshmallow sheep simply cut one of the large marshmallows in half to make the ears ...

Tip for parties – the cakes can be made up to 1 month in advance and frozen in a plastic box. Defrost at room temperature for around 1 hour then ice as above.

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