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Tuesday 25 October 2011

Fancy Birthday Cupcakes

It's my Mum's birthday today and as I've been sent lots of wonderful cake decorations and icing to try our recently I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try them all out and make a variety of cupcakes.

I had some help from 10 year old Sam and using my favourite cupcake recipe from the Primrose Bakery we made these cakes :


For the pigs we used Renshaws ready to roll pink icing, and silver balls for the eyes.


For the butterfly cakes we used Renshaws Vanilla Snip & Swirl icing and Silver Spoon Giant Snowies, with a sprinkling of edible glitter to give it a shimmer.


For the swirl cupcakes we used Renshaws Vanilla Snip & Swirl Icing and Silver Spoon blue and pink Shimmer Balls, again finished off with edible glitter.


For the pink cakes with stars we used Renshaws Raspberry Magic Melting Icing and Silver Spoon white chocolate stars.


The ready made icings are great and I wouldn't hesitate using them again. You can make great looking cakes so quickly with minimum effort and therefore are great to use with the kids. The snip and swirl icing however didn't give the pattern that I was expecting even though I snipped the bag on the correct lines but still looks very effective on the cakes.

Recipe for Vanilla Cupcakes (makes 12-15)

110g butter - softened
225g caster sugar*
2 large eggs
150g SR flour
125g Plain flour
120ml milk

*the recipe calls for 1tsp vanilla extract, however I use vanilla sugar so I don't feel the need to add extra vanilla.

  • Cream the butter & sugar
  • Gradually beat in the eggs
  • Combine the flours & add a third to the creamed mixture and then a third of the milk.
  • Repeat the above step until all flour & milk have been added.
  • Spoon into cupcake cases, filling 2/3 full
  • Bake in 180 degree (C) oven for 20-25 minutes

I was sent the items from Renshaw and Silver Spoon for the purpose of this review.


  1. Lol firstly thats the exact same recipe i used for cales toda and sunday!! With my own added extras of course secondly i bought some of those giant snowies and shimmer balls yesterday!! We are cake twins lol
    They look great so well done Sam and Helen xx

  2. Wouldliketobeayummymummy25 October 2011 at 22:49

    Wow, they look great. I will have to have a go! Hope your Mum enjoyed them. Love your cake stand too...very pretty xx

  3. Mummyandthebeastie26 October 2011 at 17:19

    Helen you're so clever :-) they look very pretty. Why do you not do cake making on the sideline? or do you...xx

  4. Thanks! and you have to be joking........there's not enough hours in the day as it is, I'd never have enough time to sleep if I sold cakes too!! x

  5. thanks, the cake stand was a real cheapie - £3.99 from Home Bargains! x


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