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Thursday, 17 November 2011

Baking Mad, Allinson Flour & Special Children In Need Pudsey Cupcakes


Allinson Flour have teamed up with supermarket giant Asda to help raise money for this year’s BBC Children in Need appeal. To support the appeal Allinson will be donating 15p from the sale of special packs of their Nature Friendly Plain White and Self Raising flours to the charity. The special packs featuring the iconic Pudsey bear character, are due to go on sale in November and are available exclusively at Asda supermarkets. So next time you’re out shopping be sure to look out for Pudsey in the home baking aisle! 

But that's not all, Baking Mad have a fab recipe for some Pudsey Cupcakes that everyone can make.

225 grams Unsalted Butter

225 grams Caster Sugar 

4 Free Range Eggs

225 grams Self Raising Flour (Allinson Nature Friendly)

1/2 tsp Natural Vanilla Extract

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/ 160 degrees C fan/ Gas 4. Line a muffin tin with 12 muffins cases.

Cream together the butter and sugar until pale, add the vanilla extract and eggs, one at a time, beating until mixed. Gently fold in the flour.

Spoon the mixture into the cases until half full.

Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown or a skewer comes out clean.

Allow cakes to cool on a wire rack.

Decoration:

500 grams Icing Sugar

160 grams Unsalted Butter softened

50 ml Milk

1/2 tsp Natural Vanilla Extract

Yellow Food Colouring

Coloured Choco Beans 

Writing Icing in Black

For the frosting use an electric whisk to mix together the butter and icing sugar then add the milk and vanilla essence and whisk until light and fluffy, then add a few drops of yellow food colouring to achieve a bright yellow frosting.

Using a palette knife, smooth some frosting onto the top of the cupcakes, places some choco beans on the top left side of the cupcake for Pudsey's patch, then use the black writing to draw in his eye, nose and mouth.

Here's what I did:

We were lucky enough to be sent the ingredients to make some of these delicious treats by Baking Mad, huge thanks to them for the goodies that they sent.  I was also sent some fabulous Mich Turner cake decorating supplies which came in very handy, more about those in another post.  I coloured the white sugarpaste the various colours that were needed using a gel colourings from my sugarpaste course and then just cut all the shapes out using cutters or freehand.

I put a thin layer of buttercream on top of the cupcakes and then put my sugarpaste pudsey faces, complete with ears, on top.  I made 48 cupcakes this afternoon for a cake stall that will be held tomorrow to raise funds for Children In Need.  Many thanks to Baking Mad for sending us some ingredients.

My children will be baking theirs tomorrow afternoon as they have been far too tired and grumpy the past couple of nights.  They will sell their cupcakes to the neighbours in our street, I have forewarned them that we will be traipsing about with cupcakes for them to purchase. LOL

Cupcakes with sugarpaste icing, for cake stall

Photo courtesy of Baking Mad.com
We made more cupcakes this afternoon to sell to the neighbours for children in need.  Yes, I know we are a day late but sometimes that's how we roll.  All 3 girls helped out.  Apologies in advance for the appalling lighting in the photos from my phone.

5yo ready to help with baking

11yo using our knackered hand mixer (any donations of new one greatly appreciated)

Cupcakes ready to go into the oven

Cooked cupcakes, waiting to be iced
We didn't make buttercream icing, just made up icing with water, yellow colouring and icing sugar.  They found the black writing icing too hard to manage so used some glittery writing icing that we already had.  Slightly blinged up Pudsey but my daughters definitely approved.

My 3 cherubs finished cupcakes
 Once again, many thanks to BakingMad.com for sending us the ingredients to make and sell these fab cupcakes for Children In Need.

1 comment:

  1. Yours look so professional compared to our spotting cakes

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