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!


  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.

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