With the Easter festivities fast approaching we’ve began working on lots of sweet cake, cupcake and macaron treats for you to whip up at home. It’s one or favourite times of year for cake and cooking decorating because of all the fun and adorable things just waiting to adorn home baked treats! With that in mind here’s the first of our Easter recipe and tutorial collection; how to create Floral Easter Basket Cupcakes! Be sure to try out our accompanying recipe for lemon and marshmallow cupcakes for a delicious Easter treat.
Lemon and Marshmallow Cupcakes
A lovely recipe for zesty lemon cupcakes swirled with marshmallow buttercream! This recipe makes approx. 12 cupcakes.
- LEMON CUPCAKES... 226g Self raising flour
- 226g Butter or low fat margarine
- 226g Caster sugar
- 226g Eggs
- 6 -12 Drops lemon extract
- MARSHMALLOW BUTTERCREAM...
- 200g Butter
- 200g-250g Icing / Confectioner's sugar
- 150g Marshmallow cream (aka Fluff)
- CUPCAKEs... Pre-heat your oven at Gas Mark 3/325F/170C.
- Cream your butter in a mixer then add the sugar.
- Add in the flour gradually along with half of the eggs for around one minute.
- Once half of the eggs are combined add the remaining and flavour with lemon extract to taste.
- Mix for about 5 minutes.
- Pour batter in the pan until 2/3 full and place on the top shelf of your oven.
- Bake for around 30-45 minutes. Repeat this step to create your second and third layer.
- BUTTERCREAM... Add half of the of butter diced into pieces.
- Cream the butter in a mixer.
- Then gradually add icing sugar and the remaining butter (cut into cubes) until you get a smooth, creamy texture.
- Add in the marshmallow cream and mix well.
- If using low fat margarine please check the packet to see if it is suitable for baking with!
How to make floral Easter basket cupcake toppers
Pastel pink fondant
Pastel green fondant
Pastel yellow fondant
Pastel purple fondant
2 1/4 inch scalloped circle cutter
Small candy / chocolate eggs
Medium blossom cutter
Veining / flower and leaf shaping tool
Fondant rolling pin
Icing sugar to dust surface
Flower foam pad
Step 1: Roll out some pastel fondant mixed with tylo powder in your chosen colour and cut with a 2 1/2 inch scalloped circle cutter. Add extra detail by pressing the small end of the ball tool into each scallop. Leave to dry and harden on a clean flat surface. Once ready set on top of a piped cupcake!
Step 2: Take a little brown fondant and add a couple pinches of tylo powder. Using a cake smoother roll these out into a thin ‘rope’. To do so ‘roll’ your cake smoother over an oblong shape of brown fondant backwards and forwards.
Step 3: Slice your ‘rope’ in half with your blade tool and gently twist both pieces together to form the handle for your basket. Set aside to harden and dry.
Step 4: Take a ball of fondant about the size of a ping pong ball and add a pinch or two of tylo powder. Roll into a smooth and crease-less ball in the palms of your hand. Work into an oval shape to form the beginning of your basket.
Step 5: Using the larger end of your ball tool indent the centre of your basket.
Step 6: With your veining tool etch out a wicker-like pattern along the outside of your little fondant basket.
Step 7: Roll out some more fondant into a thin ‘rope’ and attach this along the top of your basket. Add detail with your veining tool.
Step 8: With some edible glue attach three miniature candy / chocolate eggs into your basket.
Step 9: To make the little blossoms roll out coloured fondant and cut out the florals using your blossom plunger cutter.
Step 10: On a flower foam pad shape the petals of your blossoms with smaller end of your ball tool.
Step 11: Add the blossoms to the basket with a dab of edible glue and finish the centres of them with sugar pearls or small balls of fondant.
Step 12: With edible glue attach your basket handle and leave to set. This may need holding up with strips of kitchen towel or cling film.
Once you’ve finished why not arrange your gorgeous Floral Easter Basket Cupcakes on a pastel cake stand strewn with silk flowers and crepe paper ‘grass’ for a gorgeous spring look.
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