Monday, March 16, 2009

Birthday Cupcakes

It's my Baby FAN's birthday, decided to do something different this time round. Instead of ordering a really large cake, decided to make some cupcakes (using the chocolate oatmeal cupcakes recipes from my previous post) and then get the kids (basically all my nieces and nephews) to decorate. I think they enjoy decorating the cakes, although I think I should have made more as they kept asking to decorate more cakes, but I was only able to allocate them 2 each even though I made 2 batches (about 22 cakes).

After they decorated the cakes, I get them to post and take a picture so that I can frame it up and give it to them as a token or party gift to bring home. I made the frame using hard A4 paper and bought some nice wooden clips from popular, then pasted the back with magnets, wa lah...a nice fridge magnet photo. All in all, think this idea was really neat and meaningful, so proud of myself...ha ha...

Here's how the finish product looks like:

Birthday Cupcakes - Part I

Birthday Cupcakes - Part II

Photo frame with SMALL FAN and the cupcakes he made.

Photoframe Thank You Card

Here's the recipes for the icing that I used, the icing turns out really tasty and it can hold quite well. I was worried it will melt in our hot weather, but surprising, it was still holding well after 3 hours out in the open. I made 2 batches of the icing, one I keep it white, while the other one I tinted it with red food colouring a day before. Then I left it in the fridge and about 3 hours before the event start, I thaw it and rewhipped the cream, then put it in pipping bag ready for the kids to decorate. I also bought some decorative items from Phoon Huat for the kids to use to decorate their cakes.

Buttercream Icing
(adapted from

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk (I only added 1 tablespoons to make it thicker as I worried that it will be too watery for the kids to work with)
  • 3 drops food coloring, or as needed (optional)
  1. Cream room temperature butter with a hand mixer, the paddle attachment of a stand mixer, or a wooden spoon until smooth and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until fully incorporated. Beat in vanilla extract.
  2. Pour in milk and beat for an additional 3-4 minutes. Add food coloring, if using, and beat for thirty seconds until smooth or until desired color is reached.


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