For the cupcakes
- 120g soft butter
- Pinch salt
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1¾ cups self-raising flour
- ½ cup milk
For the buttercream
- 200g soft butter
- 2 tsp vanilla essence
- 2 tbsp milk
- 3½ cups icing sugar
- Blue food colouring
For the royal icing
- 1 1/3 cups icing sugar, sifted
- 1 egg white
- black food colouring
- 24 fondant eyeballs
- 8 Tinkies, halved
- 1 tbsp chocolate vermicelli
- For the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a standard 16-hole cupcake pan with blue paper cases.
- Beat the butter, salt, vanilla and sugar until light and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, until combined.
- Add the flour and milk, alternating into the butter mixture until just combined. Divide between the cases until half full. Bake for about 15 minutes, until a test skewer comes out clean. Cool on wire racks.
- For the buttercream, beat the butter, vanilla and milk until light and creamy. Beat in the icing sugar a cup at a time until a firm, but pipeable, icing forms. Colour light blue with food colouring. Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a 1cm star nozzle.
- For the royal icing, beat together the icing sugar and egg white for 3 minutes, until it 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 black with food colouring and spoon into a piping bag fitted with a small, round nozzle.
- To decorate, use the royal icing to “glue” one or two of the eyeballs onto each Tinkie half as eyes. Pipe around them to form glasses and draw a mouth. Cover and set aside for icing to harden.
- Pipe swirls of the blue icing onto each cupcake. Top each with a Tinkie. Insert chocolate vermicelli as hair. Keep covered to prevent drying out.
- Buy fondant eyeballs at baking shops. Alternatively, pipe your own onto the Tinkies with the white royal icing (before colouring it) and let it dry. Then pipe black royal icing dots on for the pupils.
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