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Stars and Stripes Mini Cupcakes

Stars and Stripes Mini Cupcakes recipe by Annabel Karmel

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Stars and Stripes Mini Cupcakes

Independence Day in the USA marks the birth of the nation and these Stars & Stripes Mini Cupcakes are perfect for a 4th of July Bake-off celebration. You can make these Stars and Stripes Mini Cupcakes with a vanilla cupcake mixture or leave out the vanilla and stir in the cocoa powder and chocolate chips once the batter is made.

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Ingredients

Cake
100g (4 oz) soft margarine
100g (4 oz) caster sugar
100g (4 oz) self-raising flour
2 large eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla essence
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Chocolate Orange Variation
2 tbsp cocoa powder
50g (2 oz) plain chocolate chips
Grated rind of half an orange (optional)
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Icing
2 cups icing sugar
3 1/2 to 4 tbsp warm water
Red and blue food colouring
Mini white sugar stars or pip white icing stars

Method

  1. Put all the ingredients for the cakes into a bowl or food processor and beat together until smooth.
  2. Line a mini muffin tin with paper cases and fill each case about two thirds full with the mixture.
  3. Bake in an oven pre-heated to 180C/350F for 10 to 12 minutes until well risen and the cakes spring back when you press them with your fingertips.
  4. Mix the icing sugar with the warm water until a good spreadable consistency but not runny. You may need to add a little extra water.
  5. Remove one and and a half tablespoons of the icing and colour it blue. Remove two thirds of the remaining mixture and colour it red.
  6. Ice 6 of the cupcakes blue, 15 of the cupcakes red and 9 of the cupcakes white.
  7. Stick white sugar stars on the blue iced cupcakes and arrange the mini cupcakes in the design of the American Flag.
  8. VARIATION: Sift together the flour and cocoa powder, then continue with step one as above. Stir in the chocolate chips and orange zest (if using).

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