Monday, May 21, 2012

Petits Gateaux d'Anniversaire

Cupcakes have become very much the vogue for use as a birthday celebration or any celebration for that matter. I love the idea of this as you can decorate as many or as little as you wish in as many different ways take your fancy. Today, I have opted for vanilla flavoured buttercream with chocolate fans because, well, its my birthday and I can do what I want ;)

Alas, the numbers on this particular display pertains to my coming of age....the last of my thirties which is very scary indeed. But we wont dwell on that for now....lets just enjoy the cakes:)

Vanilla Sponge: 

makes 12 - 16

225g butter
225g caster sugar
4 medium eggs
225g self raising flour
1tsp vanilla extract

Buttercream Icing

225g butter
1tsp vanilla extract
450g sifted icing sugar
2 tbsp water

Preheat the oven to 175 deg c. Place cases in bun trays

Put sugar, then flour (sieved) , then softened chopped butter and the vanilla extract into your mixer or food processor. Blitz all together on medium power until well mixed together,

Add the eggs one by one, using a low setting. 

Spoon the mixture into the cases and place in the baking tray.

Bake in centre of oven for 18-20 mins

To test if the cakes are done, the tops should spring back when touched.

Turn out and cool on a wire rack.

For the buttercream frosting, beat the butter until soft and gradually add the icing sugar and water until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract at the end.

I have decorated these with chocolate fans which I made by piping melted chocolate onto greaseproof paper and carefully lifting them when they have set.

I think they give a lovely delicate touch.


Deirdre said...

I love the chocolate fans! I always find when I pipe chocolate it breaks... :-(

I'm giving away butterfly cutters if you are interested!
Deirdre @

Patricia's Patisserie said...


If you pour the choc into a disposable bag and snip end off then try it. The choc hardens when it comes into contact with metal so best use without .

Would love some butterfly cutters !!! What do I have to do ???

Anonymous said...

Yummy looking cupcakes, you can see that they are perfectly risen cupcakes, mine are either overflowing or miserable looking in the cupcake case!

Deirdre said...

Sorry only saw your comment!! Patricia, just go on my blog. The second last post is about the cutters. Just leave me a comment on your favourite cupcake flavour really!!

Thanks for the chocolate advice. Hope your enjoying the nice weather!

Deirdre said...

Here's the link!

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