Social Media Cupcakes

This is another of my creative inventions, my social media cupcakes! I made these for a party with the theme of the internet, which was to celebrate me getting a new job at a global marketing agency. They included Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, Skype and a few American ones, which I had never heard of!! They went down well, although I made far too many and I was eating them for days afterwards….not good for starting the diet!

This was the first time I had used my piping bag, think I may need a bit more practice!

The fancy dress theme was difficult to carry out, as there aren’t many ways you can dress as the internet…I dressed as Google and some others dressed as random websites like MoonPig and Funky Pigeon!

And while we’re on the subject of websites and social media feel free to follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

To make these you will need:

  • 285g unsalted, softened butter
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 2 lightly beaten large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 125g self-raising flour
  • 280g icing sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • Various food colouring
  • Rice paper logos

What you need to do:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180C (Gas Mark 4) and line a muffin tray with 12 paper cases.
  2. Cream together 125g of the butter together with the caster sugar until smooth and creamy. Keep the rest of the butter to the side.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and re-stir.
  4. Fold the flour into the mixture with a metal spoon. If you find you are making the mixture too dry, add a tbsp on milk as required.
  5. Divide the mixture into the paper cases, they should be around half way full.
  6. Place into the oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown in colour. You can check they are cooked by placing a skewer into the top, if it comes out clean they are done.
  7. Allow to cool on a metal rack while you prepare the butter cream.
  8. Stir the remaining butter into the icing sugar (do this is small batches to allow the icing sugar to stir into the butter easily). Add the remaining milk.
  9. Add the food colouring – if you’re using more than one colour divide your buttercream into separate bowls first. Stir well.
  10. Use a piping bag to pipe the icing onto the now cooled cupcakes.
  11. Add your rice paper logos.
  12. Voila!