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!