Monday, 8 September 2014

Shaun the Sheep Cupcakes

Ingredients: (Cupcakes)

  • 1 (15.25- to 16.5-ounce) package white cake mix 
  • 1 cup milk 
  • 1/2 cup butter softened 
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice 
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest 
  • 1 (1.5-ounce) bottle flower-shaped cake sprinkles 

  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened 
  • 2 cups powdered sugar 
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla 
  • 2 (7-ounce) jars marshmallow crème 
  • 1 (10.5-ounce) package miniature marshmallows 
  • 24 black gumdrops 
  • Decorator candy eyes 
  • Licorice pieces or licorice nibs
How to:
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cups into 24 muffin pan cups; set aside. 
  2. Combine all cupcake ingredients except sprinkles in bowl; beat on low speed until combined. Beat at medium speed until well mixed. Stir in sprinkles. 
  3. Spoon batter evenly into muffin cups. Bake 18-22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes in pan; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely. 
  4. Combine 1 1/2 cups butter, powdered sugar and vanilla in bowl. Beat on medium speed until creamy. Add marshmallow crème; continue beating until well mixed. Set aside. 
  5. Create lamb faces by using palm of hand to flatten gumdrops to 1/4-inch thickness. Poke holes into gumdrops for nostrils. Attach candy eyes and licorice pieces for ears, using frosting to adhere. Set aside. 
  6. Frost cupcakes, creating mound of frosting in center. Attach 1 lamb face on front 1/3 of each cupcake. Place miniature marshmallows onto cupcakes, pressing into frosting to adhere. Attach licorice pieces or licorice nibs for tails. 
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Tip:  You can use edible prints too for the head...

These faces will print at the right size for large cupcakes – I used a muffin tray lined with large, brown cupcake liners. For best results, print on the thickest white paper your printer will allow.

To attach the faces to the cupcake I cut cotton buds in half, put a dollop of icing on the cotton end, skewered the cut end into the cupcake and stuck the face to the icing. The icing was just sticky enough to keep the faces in place. Warning : don’t forget to tell your guests about the cotton buds before they bite into the cake!