Monday, 7 February 2011

Will You Be My Valentine ? Vanilla Cupcakes...

Oh - I had such good fun making these !

This little bear was my first ever attempt at making a sugarpaste character. I recently discovered Astral's blog and followed her excellent tutorial to make this little sugar paste bear.

I used a fair bit of Wilton ivory gel paste to colour the fondant for the body, as I didn't have any brown shades - but it still came out quite well with the limited gel paste colours I have. I'll need to expand my collection of gel pastes now, as I think I'll do some more playing with sugarpaste now I know I can achieve decent looking results !

I think they looked fab though in our new zebra print cupcake cases which I've been dying to try out for a while. We've even got these same liners in mini muffin size.

The cakes were a Magnolia bakery recipe from another of Astral's tutorials along with the buttercream. I did double up on homemade vanilla extract so it really punched a good vanilla hit. These really were lovely and moist and the buttercream was ace.

Oliver couldn't wait to get hold of the teddy bear cake and really hassled me as I attempted to take the photos. He's been talking about it every day since I made these on Monday !

Astral's tutorial for the cupcakes is here - I've posted the recipe below

Vanilla cupcakes

113g butter (soft - room temperature)
1 cup caster sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp good vanilla extract
3/4 cup plain flour
1/2 rounded cup of self raising flour
1/2 cup of milk

Cream butter and sugar until white and pale. Beat in egg.

Mix in 1/2 sifted flours followed by 1/2 the milk. Repeat with remaining flour and milk.

Bake for approx 20 minutes at 170deg C, or maybe a bit less time if using a silicone bakeare muffin mould as I do.

Frost with your favourite frosting and then decorate !

Vanilla frosting shown here was 125g salted butter, 4 cups sifted icing sugar, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 1/4 cup of milk. Add some more icing sugar if desired consistency is not thick enough (mine shown here was perfect first time)

Been practising piping my swirls and rather pleased with the results. :grins:

These are the new red hearts and swirls papers . Aren't they pretty ?

I've been trying to upload a little video of Oliver's attempts to scoff the teddy bear cupcake, but it keeps failing for some reason. Sorry !

Sarah-Jane Nash - - the silicone bakeware moulds specialists. February 2011


  1. Oliver looks so delighted with his pretty cupcake. And don't they look pretty!

  2. I love your bear, you did a brilliant job and I love his hat. I can't wait to use those zebra cases, I want to do zebra print heart toppers to match.

    I posted my review of the fondant rolling mat you sent me and a cake I made using it. I really liked it a lot and will be using it at the bakery in place of my old one.

    I can't believe this is your first bear! Your corset looks fab too. I love this recipe, I'm glad you tried it. x

  3. I love the bear! I think you did a fantastic job on it!! And the cupcakes look fantastic too!!

  4. hey, I'm so glad I found your blog via The Art of Being Perfect.. gorgeous teddy. I am a fondant virgin!! one day....
    (dont get excited, I am not fantastic hahaha)


  5. This really and truly was my first fondant character. I would have had no idea where to start without your tutorial Astral and I want to make the unicorn now really badly !

    For everyone else - have a play. It WAS my first attempt and it's far easier than you may imagine :-)

    I got a bit carried away and before I knew it my bear had a heart and flowers and a hat.... the combinations truly could be endless.

    I'm not going to suggest you watch Astral's tutorial at 3am like I did though and feel compelled to make a bear before going to bed. I've got a bit of a habit of working late and also getting carried away...

    Oliver keeps asking for teddy bear cakes because they look pretty. Haha - he'll be making them himself before he knows it !

  6. Wow, that almost looks too beautiful to eat. But since I have a major sweet tooth, I know I'm gonna!!! They look yummy :)

  7. I dont know if my previous comment went thru. I got interupted. :(

    I was saying that the fondant bear looks so professional and PERFECT!!!I hope you'll make some more because Oliver certainly looks like he could want some more. Beautful valentine cupcakes Sarah!

  8. these look so professional and fab! MCB x


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