FROSTED ANIMAL CUPCAKES

Another favorite cookie of mine (I have a lot of favorite cookies) is the Carousel Frosted Animal Cookie. These are not to be confused with other frosted animal cookies – because they are better than any of the competition. A few years ago I made cut-out cookies inspired by these little pink and white beauties. This time around I’m featuring them on cupcakes. There is nothing special about these cupcakes.


Ingredients:

  • 125g butter (at room temperature) or margarine 1 stick plus 1 tablespoon butter(room temp) or margarine 
  • 125g caster sugar two thirds cup superfine sugar
  • Half tsp lemon zest 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 125g self raising flour 1 cup plus 1 tbsp self rising flour 
  • ¼ tsp baking powder 

For The Buttercream: 

  • 225g icing sugar sifted superfine sugar, sifted 
  • 100g soft unsalted butter 
  • 1 stick butter at room temperature 
  • 1 tbsp milk 
  • ½tsp vanilla essence
  • Alternatively You Can Use Ready Prepared Vanilla And Chocolate Frosting

To Decorate:
Teddy Bear

  • Chocolate frosting (bought)
  • Chocolate buttons
  • Mini chocolate Digestive biscuits
  • White and red jelly beans
  • Black Writing Icing

Frog

  • Green food colouring
  • White chocolate buttons (resting on cocktail sticks pushed into the side of the cupcake)
  • Green jelly beans
  • Green Writing Icing
  • White Writing Icing

Piggy Pink

  • food colouring
  • Pink marshmallows
  • Mini candy coated chocolate beans
  • Licorice Allsorts
  • Marhsmallow
  • Sheep Large white marshmallows
  • Mini marshamallows
  • Black Writing Icing

Pussy Cat

  • Yellow M&Ms
  • Black Writing Icing
  • Licorice Allsorts

Panda

  • Chocolate Butttons
  • Brown M&M’s
  • Mini brown chocolate coated candy
  • White Writing Icing

Method

  1. Pre heat the oven to 180C Fan 160C. (US 350F)
  2. Line a muffin tin with 10 paper cases. Put the butter, sugar, lemon zest, flour and baking powder into the bowl and beat in an electric food mixer until smooth.
  3. Divide the mixture between the paper cases and cook in the oven for about 20 minutes or until golden and springy to the touch.
  4. Remove from the oven and cool in the muffin tin for a few minutes, then transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Whilst the cupcakes are baking you can prepare the icing. Beat the butter in a large bowl until soft. Add half the icing sugar and beat until smooth. Add the remaining icing sugar , the milk and a few drops of vanilla essence.. You can divide the icing into a few bowls and colour with a few drops of food colouring.
  6. Once the cakes are cold swirl some of the icing on top of the cakes and decorate them to look like animals using the sweets, writing icing and mini cookies..
  7. For the Marshmallow sheep simply cut one of the large marshmallows in half to make the ears.

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