When I was still in South Africa (I’m back in Dubai again for those of you who don’t know), Mekayla and I spent an afternoon baking cupcakes. This is what followed:
As you can see, I decided to bake from a recipe and the ingredients called for: (from the left)
The cupcakes: margarine, 2 eggs, milk, self raising flour, castor sugar (and vanilla essence – not pictured, that we spent another 20 minutes looking for).
The filling: fresh cream and icing sugar.
The top decoration: strawberry jam (the recipe said apricot but strawberry is my jam – excuse the pun) and desiccated coconut. I decided to add a few drops of food colouring (red and green) to the coconut flakes.
When they cooled down a bit I cut the tops off and put the cream filling that I whipped with a bit of icing sugar on the cupcakes then put the tops back on.
When they were all filled I put a tablespoon of jam in a bowl and heated it in the microwave. Then I mixed the red and greed food colouring with some of the coconut flakes in separate bowls.
First I smeared the jam on the cupcakes, followed by the coconut and then some adorable little Ballerinas.
And voila, Snowflake Ballerinas.
P.S. Mekayla doesn’t like jam or coconut, so I decorated her cupcake with some of her chocolate icing (she made some chocolate cupcakes) with smarties and other sweet things.
Here are some of Mekayla’s cupcakes that she baked and decorated:
All of the cupcakes turned out tasting like heaven (even after a few disagreements with the oven) and it was a lovely, whimsical day.