Thursday, May 26, 2011

Gorgeous Vanilla cup cakes-Jungle theme


If you are in and around New York, one would not have missed the 'Magnolia' cup cakes. They are too soft and the taste is beyond description. Being an ardent fan of cup cakes, tried for their recipe online and to my surprise found it here. My four year old daughter has been requesting me to make cup cakes with jungle theme for her birthday. With the excitement of the recipe in hand, thought would create this for her birthday and no doubt, it was a grand success. The above click was taken after arranging them to take to her school.

You might be wondering why I call them 'gorgeous'. Here is the proof and this is an awesome recipe which cannot go wrong at any count. Here, goes the recipe as followed from the original. The recipe calls for eggs and butter at room temperature to acquire the perfect sponginess and taste of 'Magnolia'.

Ingredients:
All purpose flour -1 1/4 cups
Self-raising flour - 1 1/2 cups
Eggs - 4 (at room temperature)
Unsalted butter - 2 sticks (at room temperature)
Sugar - 2 cups
Vanilla extract- 1 tsp
Milk - 1 cup

For the icing:

Unsalted butter - 1 stick
Confectioners Sugar - 2 cups
Milk - 1/4 cup
Vanilla extract - 1/2 tsp
Assorted food colors -I used Mc Cormick brand


Pre-heat oven to 350 deg.

Line muffin pan with cup cake liners.

In a bowl, combine the flours and set aside.

In another bowl, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugar gradually and beat until soft and fluffy. Now, keep adding eggs one by one, beating well after each addition. Now, add the flour mixture in three parts alternating with milk. Do not overbeat. Add the vanilla extract and mix well. Once the ingredients are blended, carefully spoon about 3/4th of the cup cake liners. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Cool the cup cakes well before starting the icing process. Even if a little heat is there, the icing would not set and will begin to melt. Hence, complete cooling of the cake is necessary.

For the icing:
Mix the butter, sugar,milk and the vanilla and beat until smooth and creamy. Now, depending on the character on ur cake, one needs to decide upon the mix of colors. I used an array of colours like dark orange (mixture of red and yellow), light orange, black, brown (acquired by adding an equal amount of red,blue and yellow).

I successfully recreated the tiger and monkey. For the tiger effect, with the help of spatula, spread the deep orange icing evenly and a shade of light at the centre and M & M's were used for the ears and eyes. For the monkey, with dark and light brown icing again M & M's were used for the ears and eyes. Not a very difficult task for a novice.

This is my first attempt at creating jungle animals and the verdict from my 4 year old and her friends were ' awesome'. Phew, I passed the test :):)

Enjoy!!!!!!!!

'Cup cakes are dangerous, you cannot just stop with one !!!!!!! '- Unknown

54 comments:

  1. I agree with your little one!! these cakes are awesome.

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  2. Wow!! So Nice, which kid is not gonna like this?
    Beautifully created.
    FOODELICIOUS

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  3. Wow so cute and yummy cupcakes..

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  4. Hey you...thank you for dropping by at my blog....i thgt i'd stop by at yours for some chitchat...:)...love these cupcakes...n Magnolia Cupcakes are to die for....but guess what I didn't have to go to NY for them...they have a branch in Dubai...:)..the next time if you go to Dubai do check it out..:)

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  5. Cup cakes....Luks very soft!!Liked the Frosting :)

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  6. awww..they loook so cute..I showed them to my son, and he wants it now..

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  7. Wow...yummy n delicious cup cakes...they r really gorgeous...as I am in ur site,my son on seeing your cupcake photo he is asking me to make some for him:) he was more attracted n tempted...thanx for sharing ..hearty wishes to your daughter,hope she enjoyed the day with lots of fun :)

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  8. Awesome cup cakes. Very beautifully decorated.

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  9. I'm scared of wild animals......oh so lovely creation. Loved them.Show and Tell

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  10. Oh dear... They are really gorgeous looking...I saw this in Betty crocker's video and you have knocked them down... Soft and spongy cupcakes..

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  11. Cup cake looks super gorgeous and irresistible..cute!!

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  12. these look awesome.. beautiful!

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  13. Wow they looks cute and super adorable, spongy cupcakes love it..

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  14. they look scrumptious!!!!!!!!


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  15. You done perfect dressing, Sure kiddies have enjoyed.

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  16. cute cupcakes..jungle theme is good one..lovely!!

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  17. those are indeed the cutest cuppy cakes

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  18. very beautifully decorated cupcakes...

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  19. OMG Looks awesome.Not only kids,even I love it Looks so cute and lovely

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  20. So cute ...can't take my eye off....gud work dear

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  21. Gogrgeous cupcakes...You are very creative. Beautifully decorated cup cakes.

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  22. Vanila cup cakes looks awesome...
    Happy to follow your wonderful blog.
    Saranya
    http://www.foodandtaste.blogspot.com/

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  23. How fun n cute ~ great job on the decoration dear!
    US Masala

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  24. Cute cupcakes..nicely decorated..Yum! I bet your daughter couldn't resist those delicious cupcakes!

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  25. oh my...all these delicious...lovely post..great job dear..:)
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  26. Lovely looking cupcakes. Not just kids but even adults would get tempted seeing these.

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  27. beautiful cup cakes, delicious

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  28. Love the delicate art u have done on it....

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  29. hey, great cupcakes! lovely and colourful!!

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  30. They look super cute! WOnderful bake!

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  32. Cup cakes are really fabulous, tempting me. Wonderful presentation too.

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  33. Loved your cute animal frosting -- not to mention the vanilla flavored cupcakes. YUM, YUM!!

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  34. Those are adorable! I love the way you decorated the cupcakes - delicious.

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  36. This cute jungle must have been the talking point i am sure ...looks great.

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  37. woww... absolutely amazing.. i feel that i had a visit to zoo.. ur kid might be jumping with joy right.. :)

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  38. How creative dear - if you have pics of how you made the toppings, would love to learn! Super post

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  39. These are gorgeous! You made perfect tigers and monkeys..very talented! I bet your daughter was thrilled. Thanks for sharing the recipe too; it sounds great:)

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  40. Wow...awesome cupcakes...totally delicious! Perfect for kids' birthday parties!

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  43. Wow very creative... Tigers and monkeys looks cute...:)

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  44. I was searching for blogs related to cake cookery. Great work .My kids will love it.

    Thanks
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    Roger

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  45. Cup cake looks perfect..Great idea
    Saranya
    http://www.foodandtaste.blogspot.com/

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  46. they look soo sweet and cute :D And yummmm

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  47. they are just perfect...and so colorful....surely they will attract children

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  48. Tiger and Monkey Cupcakes, Sure kids would have gone crazy. Must have gone in a Jiffy. Great Presentation.

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