A baby shower is an important and intimate moment for any mother-to-be, and you can't get much more thoughtful and personal than a batch of home-made cupcakes to celebrate her soon-to-be little bundle of joy.
Baby shower cupcakes are a perfect way of letting the lucky lady know that you're there to support her. As we all know, a baby is a joyous gift, but it can be a daunting prospect for the mother-to-be, so a baby shower is the perfect time to calm her nerves a bit and let her know that you're there to help her. Cupcakes fit in great because they're not heavy, or stodgy, or sickening, so they'll be gentle on the mum-to-be's stomach as well as her little one's too.
A great recipe for baby shower cupcakes is the twinkling star cupcakes. The pastel colors of the icing definitely link to babies and birth and everything else, and the star is representative of the new little person that is about to come into the world. For this recipe, you will need the following;
Decorations – 8.8oz ready-to-roll white icing, claret and mint green edible paste food colouring, small silver coloured dragees and edible glitter.
Cupcakes – 4oz of softened cubed butter, 4oz of golden caster sugar, 2 large eggs, 4.4oz of self-raising flour, 0.8oz of ground almonds, ½ teaspoon of almond extract.
Icing – 8.8oz of fondant icing sugar and claret and mint green edible paste food colouring.
This recipe does require some skill, but as long as you follow the directions, your birthday cupcakes will turn out as fabulous as expected!
For the decorations: slice off a quarter of the ready-to-roll icing (wrap the rest to prevent it drying out) then colour one half of it pastel pink and one half pastel green. Wrap both colours in cling film.
On a work surface lightly sprinkled with icing sugar, roll out the reserved white icing. Cut out 12 white stars using an 8cm diameter star cutter. (You will need to re-roll the trimmings.) Place a 3.5-4cm star cutter in the centre of one star and cut out a smaller star, so you have a large cut-out star and a smaller star. Repeat to give 12 cut-out and 12 smaller white stars. Keep re-rolling the trimmings to give you enough white stars.
Press a few silver dragees into the smallest white stars and lay all the stars on a large board lined with baking parchment.
Using a 5-5.5cm star cutter, roll out the pink and green icings and cut out 6 stars from each colour. Lay them by the white stars, brush each one with a little edible glitter, then leave them all to dry and firm up, about 1½-2 hrs.
For the cupcakes: preheat the oven to 320F and line a 12-hole bun tin with silver paper cases.
Tip the butter, sugar, eggs and flour into a large bowl and beat together with an electric hand mixer for 1½-2 minutes until the mixture is light and well mixed. Using a large metal spoon, lightly fold in the ground almonds and almond extract.
Divide the mixture between the paper cases and bake for 20 minutes until risen. Leave in the tin for a couple of minutes, then lift the cakes onto a wire rack and leave until cold.
For the icing: stir about 2 tablespoons water into the fondant icing sugar to give a smooth, thickish icing. Remove half to a second bowl and colour one batch pastel pink and the other pastel green, using the edible food colourings. Spoon the icings over the cooled cakes so that the tops are almost covered and leave to set for a few minutes.
Arrange one large white star, one medium coloured star (using pink stars on the green iced cakes, and green stars on the pink iced ones) then one small white star on top of each cupcake, securing with a little of the fondant icing if necessary.
So with this recipe, and a basket-full of party supplies, you are armed and ready for a baby shower to remember! The mother-to-be will appreciate all the hard work you've gone to and the thoughtfulness behind your beautiful cupcakes, and you'll have another successful culinary attempt under your belt!
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