Last week the other batch of cupcakes I made were these – happy birthday ones for Sarah. These weren’t what I intended to make but I didn’t have the ingredients I needed for the decoration and Tom had gone out for the night with our only set of house keys so I couldn’t leave the house! In the end, I was pretty pleased with them and I think Sarah enjoyed them too (even if we were all completely stuffed have eaten a massive curry just before!).
Need to make some birthday cakes?
I was going to make decorations with white chocolate and smarties but having baked the cupcakes in bright coloured cases to go with the smarties, I realised I didn’t have any white chocolate. So I had to improvise and came up with these – I used up some of the left over biscuit dough from the Love Hearts cupcakes I’d made earlier in the evening to cut out letters to spell “happy birthday” and then covered them with brightly coloured fondant icing. I’d already made some pastel colours for the Love Hearts cupcakes and still had plenty left so I just added some extra food colouring to get the brighter colours. The coloured fondant icing was stuck onto the biscuits using a bit of royal icing and then the letters arranged on the cupcakes to spell “happy birthday”.
I made one batch of chocolate cupcakes and buttercream (see recipe here) so I had 16 cupcakes but only used 10 of them to spell out “happy birthday” twice. I decorated the remaining cupcakes with smarties and used them to put the candles in, although the curry house would only let me use four candles!