I discovered some cupcake sprinkles the other day in my cupboard….
… little gingerbread men!
So I decided one rainy afternoon to make some gingerbread cupcakes and also get the girls involved in making some decorative discs to go on top of the cupcakes. With the recent tutorials for Hippo and Panda cupcakes (and 2 more to follow!) it got me thinking about birthday party cupcake towers and how nobody has time to intricately decorate all of the cupcakes.
Using decorative discs is an efficient way to dress up your cupcakes and it means you may only need to properly decorate 1/4 of the cupcakes for a party.
To make the discs, I rolled out some fondant that I had mixed with some tylo powder – the addition of tylo powder means that the fondant will harden as it dries (this is also called gum paste). You don’t have to use tylo powder (you could buy premixed gumpaste), as you could just use fondant, but then it would be harder to draw an image on.
Using a circle cutter, stamp out circles and leave them on a tray lined with baking paper to dry overnight.
For the cupcakes, start by preheating your oven to 180C and mixing the following:
1/2 cup of brown sugar
90g of softened butter
2 tablespoons of golden syrup
Add in the following sifted ingredients
1/2 cup self-raising flour
1/2 cup plain flour
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
and then add in 1/2 cup of milk and mix until combined. Spoon into your cupcake liners and bake until the top springs back (start checking after 15mins).
Next it is time to get working on your edible disc toppers.
I have a few sets of edible markers, but the best ones I’ve found are the fine markers from Foodoodler.
We decided that in line with the theme of the cupcakes, that we would draw gingerbread people onto our discs
We used the ipad for help drawing… yes I know, they are only gingerbread men, but still… drawing is not my forte 🙂
First….. creep your hand over to the tray of discs and look down at the table because if you can’t see Mummy… then Mummy can’t see you….. 🙂
Avoid eye contact while sneaking in your first bite…
…and don’t forget to draw on a moustache with your edible green marker 🙂
Here are our finished discs!
I made up half a batch of the IMBC and then added a teaspoon of ginger before using my 1M Wilton tip and icing on my swirls.
Add on your discs
Because I was in a generous mood (and the kitchen was already a mess), I decided to let the girls each decorate a cupcake. The most important thing to remember is to fasten the end of your piping bag with a rubber band (or hair tie like I used 🙂 )
Last, but not least, it was Molly’s turn….
The final step with our cupcakes is to sprinkle the tiny gingerbread men on the icing.. and then to eat them! Enjoy 🙂