Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Cupcake Fondant Deco

Today was a fun day. Why you ask? Well, because I get to meet up with my girlfriends and had lot's of fun doing fondant decorations on cupcakes. Even though it was a short 2 hrs++, we managed to have breakfast together, and each of us decorate up to 4 cupcakes . And all the while, we talk, laugh and exchange ideas on how to make the decoration better, it was great! I guess a girl really needs some girlie time sometimes. ;) If only we have more time and we can get together more often. I guess I am gonna miss these girls a lot when I head back to California...*sigh*

No matter what, I will definitely cherish the time we get to spend together and safe keep the wonderful memories we share. ;) And look at these little cuties below! It's our first time with the fondant and see how nice we manage to concoct out! So cute right!!
Anyway, back to my recipes. I have made Peanut butter cupcakes and swiss buttercream for the decorations. I got the cupcake recipe from the February edition of Living magazine from Martha Stewart.

Ingredients for Peanut butter cupcake:
195g all purpose flour
3/4 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
85g unsalted butter, rm tmp
340g caster sugar (I reduced mine by 40g)
3 large eggs
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract ( 1 tsp vanilla essence)

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line the muffin tin with paper cups. I used the 6 cup muffin tin. Sift flour, salt, baking powder and soda and set aside.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add peanut butter and mix till all blended. Add vanilla extract and mix well.
  • Add one egg at a time and mix till all is incorporated. Stir in the sour cream and mix well.
  • Add flour mixture to the egg mixture and stir till all combined.
  • Spoon the the batter into the cupcake paper and bake in oven for 20 to 22 minutes or till tester comes out clean.
The Peanut butter cupcake is really soft and rich in peanut taste. So if you're peanut addict, you have to try this recipe! ;)

I got my swiss buttercream recipe from favorite blogger Smitten Kitchen. Below I quote from her the 4 important points on choosing swiss buttercream over all other buttercreams. Read on.
"The great thing about swiss buttercream is; one, it doesn’t crust the way a pure meringue frosting and some shortcut buttercreams do; two, it manages to taste so much less sweet than most frosting, likely because its structure comes from the egg whites and butter, not just sugar; three, it’s a lovely frosting that can be made so much smoother than most, and pipes really well, and four, it held up really well in an unairconditioned room for more than a day."
So are you convinced??

These are the 5 cupcakes I made. I wish I have more time to mix more colors into my fondant. :-P A little too much yellow I think, haha. :-P But I have so much fondant and buttercream left, I probably will bake more cupcakes and have another deco round on my own tomorrow. ;)


Kitchen Corner said...

Really admire you've a girl party cakes deco. How nice if I could join but I dun know about fondant deco at all. Your cupcakes look really really pretty! Wonderful! I believe that you've a very good time!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Grace, if you come to KL, let me know. I'll introduce my girlfriends to you. ;) I think I need more work on the fondant deco....not so nice larr. ;)

Elyse said...

First of all, those PB cupcakes look fantastic! It sounds like you and your friends had soooo much fun decorating, and you can tell: the cupcakes look fabulous!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Elyse, you're always very kind in your words, thanks! Reading your comments make my day, haha! ;)

Divine appointment said...

Your cupcakes are so nice! which part of KL are you residing? i am from KL too, would love to meet up and learn from you. May i know why the recipe uses so much of castor sugar, the cupcakes must be very sweet and that is why it is soft.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Hi Divine Appointment,
Actually, as I mention in my post, I did reduce the sugar by 40g. Furthermore I used an organic brand peanut butter which has no sugar added. And hence mine were just right, not at all too sweet, taste proofed. ;)
Heehee, it's my first time too, so really nothing much to learn from me. :)