Peanut Butter Buttercream!
These are a must for every BBQ! The very talented Bakerella posted them up as Fast Food Fun where she even made french fries!
I tried making them just last night and they don’t look as yummy as hers but they were a hit nonetheless! My husband’s cousin’s son, Kais, told me last week that I absolutely had to make cupcakes with him and so he was my assistant for this baking adventure!
What You Need:
- 24 golden vanilla cupcakes
- icing divided into green, red and yellow piping bags.
- sesame seeds
- 24 bite-sized brownies, flattened into “patties”
- Bake your cupcakes as you regularly would, and cut them into either halves or thirds - it’s completely up to your judgement but remember this will be the top and bottom of your “hamburger bun”
- Pipe the red and yellow icing onto the bottom of the “bun”
- Place the “patty” onto the bottom of the “bun”
- Now it’s time for the “lettuce” - right on top of the “patty” - followed by the top of the “bun”
- The final touch is the sesame seeds to make it look like a real hamburger bun. I got these to stick by adding a splash of water first.
As a child, I LOVED peanut butter!
Whenever I was on my best behaviour, my mum would allow me one spoon of peanut butter as a treat. Yup, it was that easy to make me happy. I always wanted to make peanut butter buttercream, so when my husband told me he was invited to a BBQ I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to whip up a batch!
The key difference (for me anyway) between frosting and buttercream is the addition of cream. I omitted cream (mainly because I didn’t have any) and so buttercream it was!
1/2 cup butter
2 cups creamy peanut butter (at room temperature)
2 cups confectioners’ sugar (at room temperature)
- Cream peanut butter and butter in a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment at high speed.
- On low speed, add in the sugar until combined.
- Mix the mixture on high speed until fully blended. (Approximately 3 minutes)
- Add either more peanut butter or sugar to taste!
Cake pops are the new big, err rather bite-sized, thing! They are all the craze but I honestly find them a little too time-consuming to make.
I found it difficult to get the lollipop stick to stay on the cake ball, especially because the weight of it clearly overwhelms the thin little stick. Eventually I got my mother to just drip the chocolate over the cake pops because dipping them resulted in the cake ball falling off.
Anyway, here is how I made them:
- Bake a cake, and let it cool completely.
- DESTROY the cake until it’s all crumbs and then add frosting. You can use half a can of store bought frosting just because it’s so much easier than making your own.
- I then made them into little cake balls and placed them on a baking tray.
- Put them in the fridge for about 20 minutes just to chill the dough.
- The next step is to simply put the sticks in. I prefer to dip them in the melted chocolate first just so they stay firm.
- I then stuck them in the fridge for about an hour just so the chocolate had time to cool and stick to the inside of the cake ball.
- This is the difficult part, I had to dip them in the melted chocolate which proved to be difficult and some of my cake pops DIED. Luckily, my younger siblings don’t care how the cake pops looked and even ate the really deformed ones. My mom then held the cake pop for me over a bowl and I poured melted chocolate onto them.
- Dip them into sprinkles or chopped nuts!
Colour me YUMMY!
I made these cupcakes for my husband’s adorable nephew, Zayd.
He is the rising star of his own interactive educational e-learning videos, and learning colours is a reoccurring theme in many of his videos. The best part of these videos is that it’s Zayd teaching us colours, numbers and letters. Children will definitely pick up on a voice similar to theirs and it will make learning easy and fun! I strongly suggest you check them out if you have a little one in your life. :)
Anyway, when I saw these colourful cupcakes, I knew I had to make them for him!
They are super easy to make.
- Prepare your batter for vanilla or white cupcakes. You can make it from scratch or just buy a mix - be sure to buy WHITE vanilla over Golden vanilla.
- Divide it evenly into five sections (or however many colours you want to use).
- Add food colouring to each of the five sections - I used Wilton colour gels but you can use liquid food colouring as well. Make it vibrant!
- Add each colour to the cupcake cup, one at a time!
I used purple first because it’s a really dark colour.
Ten hours later … JUST KIDDING.
- Bake them in the oven just as you would plain vanilla cupcakes.
They come out looking super funky.
- I frosted them with plain vanilla frosting and added some rainbow sprinkles to add a final touch!
PS For more information on Zayd’s videos, check out QAZIINC iKIDSWORLD on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube !