Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Sunflower Cupcakes

These cupcakes were made on the speer of the moment. I really had no intention on baking anything over the weekday - you could say I wanted to take a break! So I'm not sure how this happened. Anyway I ended up with 12 cupcakes that needed some decoration on them. So I decided to take out my piping tips which I have not used for a long while now (if you need to know this) and turned these chocolate cupcakes into sunflowers. Just right for a sunny bright Sunday afternoon as well. As my other half is really not into cakes at all, these went to other willing "hungry" mouths - and they sure weren't complaining at all!

Sunflower Cupcakes
Adapted from "Favourite Cupcakes & Cheesecakes"
Makes 12 cupcakes


3 eggs
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cups self-raising flour, sifted
1 tsp coffee extract
1/4 cup cocoa powder


1) Preheat oven to 160C. Line a 12 cupcake pan with paper liners.

2) Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

3) Add in the eggs, one at a time and beat until mixed thoroughly. Then add in the the coffee extract.

4) Add the flour in 3 batches, alternating with the milk.

5) Divide the batter into the paper lines and bake for about 18 - 20 minutes. Immediately transfer to a wire rack once baked to allow the cupcakes to completely cool before icing with your favourite frosting.

6) Using a round piping tip #8, fill up a circle with chocolate butter (about 1") in the middle of your cupcake. Dip the cream into a bowl of chocolate rice. Next using a leaf tip #352, fill your piping bag with yellow buttercream and pipe leafs from the edge of the chocolate circle towards the outer edge of your cupcake. You can overlap the leafs to give it a more realistic petal look.


Rachel said...

that is just beautiful...

mona said...

Lovely decoration!

El said...

These look lovely and make me wish it were summer again!

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

Jo, they are so pretty!!! Such a fantastic idea to turn these into sunny sunflowers! I want to try this the next time I make chocolate cake. The yellow contrasts perfectly against the deep brown. Thanks for sharing this! I know my daughter is going to love this :)


Future Grown-Up said...

These are gorgeous...almost makes the piping impaired like myself want to try it myself

Genial said...

Hello,was looking for a recipe for Kuih Dadar and it linked me to the right picture and steps on your blog! It looks wonderful. Thanks and keep blogging :).

Your photos are amazing and I love your sunflower cupcakes too.

Pam said...

Nicely done - these cupcakes look so pretty and tasty.

pigpigscorner said...

aww they look so pretty!

Palidor said...

Those are absolutely gorgeous! They are almost too pretty to eat.

Amanda said...

These are just beautiful!! Well done!!


Jo said...

Hi all, thanks for dropping by and I do agree that the sunflower cupcakes are just too pretty!

Ju, yes you should. In fact if your daughter is old enough to hold a piping bag, get her involved as well. Otherwise, she can dunk the centers into the chocolate rice. I'm sure she will enjoy helping out, I know my niece did when we were icing Xmas cookies last year.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Very cleverly done! Love you piping skill!

Sophie Sportende Foodie said...

Waw,...I am truly amazed by your creative baking skills!!

Real master pieces!!

Must be very delicious!!

Unknown said...

What a cute cupcake!

gaga said...

How pretty! You did a fabulous job.

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