Friday, 16 November 2012

Children In Need Cupcakes


Today is Children In Need 2012 - we celebrate this every year at my work with a charity day that involves a raffle, second hand book and DVD sale, and of course a cake sale! This year I decided to make cupcakes that looked like the Children In Need mascot, Pudsey Bear. I used a basic cupcake sponge recipe to make the cakes. I've mentioned in previous posts that the best recipe to follow is: measure your eggs (I used 4 for these cakes). Then match the weight of your flour, sugar and butter. Cream the butter and sugar together first, then add eggs and 1-2 tsp vanilla extract and whisk in, then fold in self raising flour. Divide the mixture into cupcake cases and bake on 180C (160C Fan)/400F/Gas Mark 6 for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.


To dye the coconut flakes, I mixed in 1 tsp yellow food colouring to 150g of coconut. I had to add some water to dilute the colouring first and get it to mix better. Eventually it turned the colour above - a glorious bright yellow!


I made buttercream by mixing together 170g butter and 340g icing sugar. You want it to be quite stiff.


Using a knife, I spread some of the buttercream out onto the top of one of the fully cooled cupcakes.


Then I dipped the cake into the bowl of yellow coconut flakes, and pressed firmly until fully coated. I added extra with a spoon and pressed it down. I shook off any excess.


I added two white chocolate buttons for Pudsey's ears.


I rolled out some white sugar paste and cut a shape for Pudsey's bandage. I used my first shape as a template to cut the rest out. Smear the back of the bandage with a little buttercream and add to the cupcake. Also add a chocolate chip for his eye and nose. I put a bit of buttercream on the back of the chocolate chips too to make them stick.


Then I used icing writing pens to create polka dots on the bandage, or you could use coloured sugarpaste too. Finally a strawberry lace cut and bended into shape for his mouth.


Pretty good resemblance don't you think?!


These went down a treat at the work cake sale this morning, the whole sale lasted 30 minutes before the place was completely decimated of all cake! I got one too and can confirm it was yummy :) We have raised over £500 so far, but I don't have the exact total yet. Hope you have a great day with your Children In Need fundraising efforts!

3 comments:

  1. They look brilliant, I'd wondered about the ears, forgot you could get white chocolate buttons. Well done on the amount of money raised.

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  2. Thank you both! Update on the total - at the end of the day I counted approx £990 raised!!

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