Simple Engagement Cupcakes

IMG_2738Recently, two very lovely friends of mine, Kate & James got engaged! Congratulations!

During a lovely little family trip to Centre Parcs, James got down on one knee and popped the question in a beautifully fairy light lit part of the forest! Swoon! ❤

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We had the lovely pair over for dinner at ours on Saturday night and Dave cooked an amazing dinner. To start we had, Jamie Oliver’s Camembert stuffed with garlic and rosemary, followed by Tom Kerridge’s slow roast shoulder of lamb with boulangère potatoes and for dessert I had knocked up some cute engagement themed cupcakes!

I decided to keep it simple as we had so much rich, french food on the menu and I didn’t want to overwhelm our guests with mountains of food!

I stuck with my standard vanilla cupcake with strawberry jam in the centre – my new favourite cupcake addition – and a plain vanilla butter cream (from the Primrose Bakery book) before decorating with red icing hearts (that had been cut a good few hours before decoration to allow them to stiffen) and haribo ‘engagement’ rings!

I really wanted to cut the letters ‘J’ & ‘K’ out of black icing but couldn’t find my cutters 😦 Its one I will try next time though, think it would have added a bit more of a personal touch 🙂

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Ingredients:

For the sponge:

110g unsalted butter – at room temp
225g golden caster sugar
2 large eggs
150g self-raising flour
120g plain flour
120ml semi skimmed milk – at room temp
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

For the topping:

110g unsalted butter – at room temp
60ml of semi skimmed milk – at room temp
1 tsp of vanilla extract
500g icing sugar
Haribo star mix
Red icing

Recipe:

1. Roll out your red icing and using a heart shaped cutter, cup out the required number of hearts needed for your cupcakes.

Tip: The longer you can leave the hearts to dry and stiffen, the better – preferably over night.

2. Preheat your oven to 160c and line a 12 hole muffin tray with cupcake cases.

3. Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

4. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing for a few minutes between each one.

5. In a separate bowl, combine the self raising and plain flour and put the milk in a jug with the vanilla essence.

6. Add 1/3 of the flours to the butter and sugar mixture, beat well. Add in 1/3 of the milk to the mixture and beat again. Repeat until all flour and milk have been added.

7. Carefully spoon the mixture in to the cupcake cases – making sure they are about 2/3rd’s full .

8. Bake in the oven for around 25 minutes until slightly raised and golden brown. A skewer should come out clean after being inserted in to the middle of the cake.

9. Remove from oven and leave cakes to cool for 5-10 minutes before placing on a wire rack to cool.

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10. Once the cakes have cooled – use a shaped cake plunge, or a knife to cut a small hole in to the middle of your cupcakes. I used a heart shaped one.

11. Fill the holes with strawberry jam

Tip: I find it easier to pipe the jam in – makes it a little neater! :)

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12. Using a large mixing bowl and an electric mixer, beat the butter, milk, vanilla extract and half of the icing sugar until smooth.

13. Gradually add the remainder of the icing sugar and beat again until the buttercream is smooth and creamy.

14. Spoon the mixture in to a piping bag and decorate your cupcakes as desired.

15. Decorate by placing the red icing heart and a haribo ring on to your cupcake!

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Love S & P x

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