Birthday Cupcakes

Today is my birthday so thought it appropriate to celebrate with some vanilla cupcakes but could not decide between vanilla and chocolate icing so I made both.  I finished these delectable treats off with a sprinkling of glitter.  I have also heard this fun glitter called, pixie dust, fairy dust and crystals.  I am now on the hunt for new colours.  Its amazing how differently it reflects on the vanilla icing versus the chocolate icing – so pretty!

Birthday Cupcakes

Ingredients

4 egg whites
110g butter
1 cup sugar
¾ cup milk
2 tsp baking powder
1½ cups cake flour
¼ tsp salt

Icing*

250g icing sugar
30ml cocoa powder
50g butter at room temperature
10ml vanilla essence
25ml milk

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Beat the egg whites until stiff and set aside.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar.
  4. Add the milk alternating with the dry ingredients.
  5. Fold in the egg whites.
  6. Divide the mixture into 12 prepared muffins tins and bake for 15 minutes.

Icing*

  1. Beat all the ingredients together in a bowl for 3 minutes.
  2. Pipe over the cupcakes and sprinkle with glitter.

* If you are making vanilla icing, increase the icing sugar to 300g and omit the cocoa powder.

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