I had really intended to post this on Halloween but as usual the time has completely ran away from me and before I realised it is over a week into November.
It might be a bit late but I was really happy with the way these came out and they were so easy to do that I wanted to share the recipe so that everyone can make them.
No one can say that baking doesn’t make you clever, after making these you’ll feel very brainy! Hehe.
Strawberry Brain Cupcakes
This recipe will make 12 average size cupcakes or 9 larger muffin ones (larger will need longer cooking).
4.5oz Self Raising Flour
1-2tbls Whole Milk
1-2tsp Strawberry Essence
Red or Pink Gel food colouring (if using liquid colour then do not add the milk) I used claret gel colour.
2 – 3 large tablespoons of butter or margarine
Red or pink food colouring
Pre-heat oven to 180c Gas 4
In a bowl cream the butter, sugar and margarine till it becomes pale.
Mix in the food colouring till completely combined.
Add one egg and half of the flour, try not to overwork this.
Add the second egg and rest of the flour.
Stir in the milk (if using gel colour) and the strawberry essence.
You should now have a lovely very vibrant colour. The colour should be brighter than you think it needs to be as it will lose some colour once baked.
Divide the mixture into your cake cases and bake in the oven till the tops of the cake spring back after a gentle poke. This should take 18-20 minutes.
Once cooked, cool on a wire rack.
Whilst the cakes are cooling make the buttercream.
The best way to make the buttercream is by taste. Add 2-3 large tablespoons of butter or margarine in a bowl and stir in 3-5 tablespoons of icing sugar and a enough food colouring to give it a very bright pink colour. If you think it needs a little more icing sugar then add more to taste. You’ll be surprised how much icing sugar you can add to a buttercream.
Once the cakes have cooled fully, fill a piping bag with a small star nozzle.
To decorate – pipe 2 lines down the centre of the cake the either side pipe tight zigzags. This will give you a lovely brain look!
Experiment with colours and zombie brains, I’d love to see any pictures if you make some.