Your little ones will love these cute cupcakes. By Margie Els-Burger and Nomvuselelo MnCube
Whether you are throwing a Toy Story birthday party for your little one, or just looking for a fun baking project for the school holidays, the kids will love these cute Toy Story 4 cupcakes. They’ll have so much fun decorating them.
- 6 store-bought vanilla cupcakes
- 80ml sprinkles of your choice
For the buttercream
- 200g soft butter
- 2 tsp vanilla essence
- 2 tbsp milk
- 3½ cups icing sugar
- Food colouring of your choice
- Use a cupcake corer or teaspoon to scoop out about 5ml from the centre of each cupcake. Fill with sprinkles and close with the cupcake hole tops.
- For the buttercream, beat the butter, vanilla and milk until light and creamy. Beat in the icing sugar, a cup at a time, until smooth. Colour with food colouring and spread onto cupcakes.
- Decorate using the ideas below.
- Cowboy hats – “Glue” white Enerjelly Jubes onto Pringles Original chips using buttercream. Alternatively, dip chips into melted milk chocolate and top with Rolo chocolates. Cut red liquorice into thin 10cm strips and tie around the Rolos or Jubes (give the ropes a good press before placing so they stick together. Secure with a toothpick and royal icing as they tend to open).
- Hamm (pig faces) – Colour the buttercream pink with food colouring and spread onto cupcakes. Cut a pink marshmallow in half and one half in half again. Use the half as a nose and the two quarters as ears.
- Sheriff stars – Colour fondant yellow with food colouring. Roll out to a 5mm thickness on a surface dusted with cornflour and cut into 5cm stars. “Glue” white edible baubles onto the tips of each star with white royal icing. Set aside to harden before decorating the cupcakes.
- Aliens – Colour buttercream green with food colouring and spread onto cupcakes. Create the eyes by piping royal icing in a white circle topped with a black dot. Now use the same royal icing to pipe a round, black mouth. Cut green Enerjelly Jubes in half and press on as ears.
How to make royal icing
Beat together 1¹/³ cups sifted icing sugar and 1 egg white until the icing has the consistency of toothpaste (add a few drops of water if it’s too stiff or more icing sugar if it’s too runny). Colour half with black food colouring. Spoon into 2 piping bags fitted with small round nozzles.
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