18th Birthday Cupcakes – Gold with Musical Notes

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Remember the Rocky Horror Picture Show Cake I made for my friend’s son? Well, to go along with that cake, I also made two types of cupcakes. These ones are ’18’ Cupcakes.

Gold 18th Birthday Cupcakes with Musical Notes

A mixture of chocolate and vanilla cupcakes, topped with white buttercream icing that was then sprayed gold with edible food spray.

On top were white sugarpaste/fondate numbers – ’18’ and I then used the tiniest of cutters to cut out the musical notes…they were a struggle, let me tell you! Looking back, I don’t know why I didn’t pipe them on like I did with the 40th cupcakes I made a few months later! Oh well, you live and learn!

Gold 18th Birthday Cupcakes with Musical Notes

Gold 18th Birthday Cupcakes with Musical Notes

 

18th Birthday Cupcakes - Gold with Musical Notes

18th Birthday Cupcakes - Gold with Musical Notes

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This is my tried and trusted vanilla cupcake recipe. Makes 24 cupcakes. I use an ice cream scoop to get equal quantities of cake mixture per case. Add 3tbsps of cocoa powder to the cake batter to make chocolate cupcakes

Ingredients

For the cupcakes[br]

  • 335g unsalted butter, softened
  • 335g caster sugar
  • 335g self-raising flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 6 eggs
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract

For the buttercream icing

  • 500g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 500g icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk or lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • food colouring (optional)
  • food glitter (optional)
  • toppers (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 175C/Gas 4.
  2. Place 24 cupcake cases into tins.
  3. Put all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and beat with an electric whisk for 3 minutes until smooth, pale and fluffy.
  4. Divide the mixture between the cupcake cases. (see notes above)
  5. Bake for 20 minutes until golden and risen.
  6. Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before decorating.

To make the buttercream

  1. Add the softened butter to a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer.
  2. Slowly sift in the icing sugar until combined.
  3. Whisk in the milk (or lemon juice) and vanilla extract. Then add a few drops of food colouring at a time to get the desired shade. Add some food glitter to the mix too.
  4. You should find that the buttercream will form stiff(ish!) peaks and can be used in a piping bag.

To assemble

  1. Only decorate the cupcakes when they are completely cool.
  2. Place some of the buttercream icing into a piping bag with a star nozzle attached (don't overfill the bag) and pipe a swirl on top of each cupcake.
  3. Sprinkle with more food glitter or sprinkles.
  4. Add a topper if desired.

Need more cupcake ideas? Here are 25+ Cupcake Recipes for Parties

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