30 December 2010

Mini Birthday Cupcakes

Cupcakes for a very special little boy...

This batch of mini cuppies were requested by a friend for her son's 3rd birthday.
"Oh, no eggs, cos he's allergic to eggs."

Cupcakes and frosting without eggs?  Out goes my favourite cupcake and swiss meringue buttercream frosting. It was time to google "eggless cake recipe". But first, I made marshmallow fondant, and stamped out the letters. Then let it air dry for several days so it would firm up.

After experimenting with a couple of egg-free recipes, I settled on this one:

EGGLESS CUPPIES  ::  makes about 16 minis

220g plain flour (for choc: 200g flour, 20g cocoa powder)
160g sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup (80ml) oil or melted butter
1 cup (240 ml) warm water
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Whisk together all the dry ingredients.  (For vanilla choc chip, add 100g choc chips.)
Separately, combine all the wet ingredients.
Pour wet into dry. Stir till just combined. Scoop into muffin cups.
Bake at 160*C for about 18-20 min or till done.

BUTTERCREAM FROSTING  :: makes enough for 16 minis

100g butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
150g icing sugar, sifted

Cream butter and vanilla extract till light and fluffy.
Gradually add icing sugar and blend till smooth.

Looks rather plain, you say?
We saved a little fun for the birthday boy...  We got him 2 boxes of dinosaur candles for him to decorate the 'spare' cuppies.  Aren't they cute?

Happy Birthday, Ethan Sam!


Passionate About Baking said...

Oh, eggless cupcakes sounds good! Thanks for sharing the recipe too! You really have a way with colours. They looked really pretty with your buttercream frosting. Very attractive!! And very thoughtful with the candles!

NEL, the batter baker said...

Hi Jane,
Wah, you are fast!
I still prefer cuppies with eggs. The taste is just different. And swiss meringue frosting also tastes better. It has a lot less sugar than the conventional buttercream, although it's an extra step to warm the egg whites. Well worth it, IMHO.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful 2011!

j3ss kitch3n said...

looks very pretty to me!! great job NEL!

happy new year!

The Sweetylicious said...

it looks really BEAUTIFUL! and kids love colours (: my sis's friend is also allergic to eggs. so poor thing and this recipe of yours sure comes handy. thank you (: (:

Unknown said...

wow, you have talent. Lovely cupcakes.

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