The birthday girl had a special banquet and requested individual cupcakes for the guests. The theme was 'Make a Wish'. I've been thinking about edible flowers for a while and this felt like the perfect opportunity to try it out. I tell you though, it was trickier than I expected to find edible flowers. Unfortunately florists only really know roses to be edible so I came up against a brick wall. After going to a number of stores, it turns out the garden centre is the place to go to find them.
So now you've seen the birthday girl and the cakes, here's how to recreate them;
Vanilla Butter Cupcakes (adapted from Amy Atlas's Sweet Design Book)
1 stick/ ½ cup (114g) unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup caster sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup whole milk
1. Adjust oven to 350oF/ 180oC/ Gas Mark 4. Beat together the butter & sugar until they are light & fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then add one egg at a time along with the vanilla until they are thoroughly combined.
2. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together in a small bowl. With the mixer on a slow speed add the flour mixture alternatively with the milk. Beat for about 3 minutes until the cake batter is smooth.
3. Divide the cupcake mixture between the cupcake cases and bake for about 17-20 minutes minutes until the a skewer entered into the centre comes out clean.
4. Leave to cool fully before topping with a generous amount of buttercream.
250g unsalted softened butter
500g icing sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
2 tablespoons whole milk
1. Mix together the butter, sugar and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. Once they are all mixed, add the milk and whisk for at least 5 more minutes to get a deliciously fluffy buttercream.
Edible Flowers (the fun bit!)
Selection of edible flowers; pansies & viola
1 egg white
½ cup golden caster sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
1. Separate the flowers from the stems, then wash and dry them.
2. Lightly cover the flowers in egg white and carefully dip or sprinkle both the sugars over the petals.
3. Leave to dry on greaseproof paper, or if you don't have time (which I didn't), put the oven on the coolest setting with the door open and leave to dry.
4. Once they are dry, add glitter to make them fabulous!
If you do make these, please let me know how you get on!
Peace & Love