i like to bake. cakes and pies and biscuits and bread. sometimes i make lemon curd and sticky jam and put it in pretty little jars. i sell it all at markets. and then i write about it here.

Sunday, 27 March 2011

birthday cupcakes

Yesterday I spent the morning baking and decorating 24 cupcakes for my friend. It was her daughter's 4th birthday party, hence the dolly mixtures and jelly beans. Half vanilla, half chocolate, all with a swirl of cream cheese icing. Here they are, all boxed up and ready to be collected. I improvised the chocolate icing by stirring in some melted Lindt dark chocolate. I've included the recipe here. It's also perfect for sandwiching a chocolate sponge cake together. 

chocolate cream cheese icing
300g icing sugar
50g butter
125g cream cheese
50g dark chocolate, melted

1. Beat the icing sugar and butter together with an electric whisk.
2. Add the cream cheese and the melted chocolate and continue to beat until the icing is soft, light and fluffy.