Mother's Day Cupcakes
As Mother’s Day is fast approaching, Sunday 31st March, we thought this would be a perfect opportunity to show you just how easy it is to turn something as simple as a plain cupcake into a really special gift.
Firstly you need to bake some cupcakes of your choice.
We always bake our cupcakes in foil cases as it helps to seal the moisture in and prevents any discolouration that you sometimes get if moisture seeps through paper cases. We’ve chosen silver foil cases
Next, pipe buttercream onto your cupcakes.
Our buttercream recipe couldn’t be simpler – we use double the quantity of icing sugar to butter.
A 250g block of butter and a 500g box of icing sugar will give you ample buttercream for a dozen cupcakes.
Make sure you soften the butter well before adding the icing sugar and you’ll find it much easier to make a smooth buttercream. We piped a simple swirl onto our cupcakes with a medium open star nozzle but you can use any nozzle you prefer or a small palette knife to apply your buttercream.
Time to add some lustre!
Next we sprayed our buttercream with PME pearl lustre spray to give a beautiful shine. This really is an amazing product - it smells delicious and looks impressive on sugarpaste, marzipan and on buttercream.
Roses are always a popular choice of decoration so we chose a rose mould that is just the perfect size for cupcakes.
Before we start we need to prepare the mould to prevent the sugarpaste from sticking. You’ll find varying advice online about how best to use silicone moulds, and you must do what works best for you, however our preferred method is to brush the mould very lightly with a little sunflower or vegetable oil.
Next take a small amount of sugarpaste roughly the size of the mould’s recess and knead it well to make sure it is nice and soft and doesn’t have any dry patches.
Press the sugarpaste firmly into the mould and trim off any excess until the cavity is completely filled but not overflowing. Then simply turn the mould upside down and either tap the mould firmly or flex the sides of the mould until your rose pops out.
Now all you have to do is carefully place a rose on each of your cupcakes and you have a beautifully decorated gift - Happy decorating!