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Children In Need Cupcakes

Children In Need Cupcakes

Vanilla cupcakes decorated with dessicated coconut and fondant to look like Pudsey the bear

Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Keyword Cupcake
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 12
Author thebakingexplorer

Ingredients

For the cupcakes

  • 175 g Butter or baking spread
  • 175 g Caster sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 175 g Self raising flour
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

For decoration

  • 75 g Dessicated coconut
  • Yellow food colouring
  • Yellow fondant
  • Red fondant
  • White fondant
  • Black fondant
  • Blue fondant
  • Green fondant

For the buttercream

  • 150 g Butter
  • 300 g Icing sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

Instructions

For the fondant decorations

  1. If you're not familiar with fondant, here are a few tips: make sure to roll the fondant out using plenty of icing sugar underneath it and on a silicone mat with a silicone rolling pin. Try not to let too much icing sugar get on top of the fondant as this can effect the colour. You can use a small dry brush to brush any excess icing sugar off the fondant shapes once they've dried out

  2. To make the eyes, roll out some white fondant and cut out 12 circles using a 16mm round fondant plunger. Then roll out black fondant and cut out 12 circles using a 10mm round fondant plunger. Use a little water applied with a small brush to stick the black circles on top of the white circles. Leave to dry

  3. To make the ears, roll out some yellow fondant and cut out 24 circles using a 16mm round fondant plunger. Pinch one side of the circles to create the ear shape, then leave to dry

  4. To make the nose and mouth, roll out some black fondant and cut out 12 circles using a 16mm round fondant plunger. Then use a 12mm round fondant plunger to cut out a section of the black circles so you create a mouth shape. The cut out section will be the nose. Leave to dry

  5. To make the bandages, use a piece of paper measured against a cupcake to create a template. Use the template to cut out 12 bandage shapes. Then roll out green fondant and cut out 12 10mm circles using a round fondant plunger. Repeat with the yellow, blue and red fondant. Use a little water applied with a small brush to stick the red, yellow, blue and green circles on top of the white bandages. Leave to dry

For the cupcakes

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 and line a muffin/cupcake tin with yellow cupcake cases

  2. For the cupcakes, cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl with a wooden or silicone spoon

  3. Add the eggs and vanilla, and whisk them in

  4. Then whisk in the self raising flour

  5. Divide the mixture between the cupcake cases and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown or until a skewer inserted comes out clean, then put them on a rack to cool fully

  6. To colour the desiccated coconut, mix two or three blobs of food colouring (depending on strength) with 1 1/2 tbsp water, mix it into the coconut. Add more if it doesn't go as yellow as you want

  7. To make the buttercream, mix together the butter and icing sugar with a spoon or electric hand whisk, when it starts to come together, add the vanilla and mix until smooth.

  8. Using a knife, spread some of the buttercream out onto the top of one of the fully cooled cupcakes

  9. Dip the frosted side of the cake into the bowl of yellow coconut flakes, and press firmly until fully coated. Add extra with a spoon if needed, pressing the coconut into the buttercream, and shake off any excess

  10. Then add the fondant decorations, using buttercream to glue them down

  11. Keep in a cool place, and eat leftovers within 3 days