Gingerbread Cupcakes with edible disc toppers

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 forΒ 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 egg

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 πŸ™‚

The best part about edible discs is that they are, well… edible πŸ™‚

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….. πŸ™‚

Avoid eye contact while sneaking in your first bite…

…and don’t forget to draw on a moustache with your edible green marker πŸ™‚

Here are our finished discs!

For the icing you can either use a cream cheese icing, or if you don’t have any cream cheese in your fridge, you can make up some Italian Meringue Buttercream.

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 πŸ™‚ )

First up it was Lily’s turn

Then it was Ava’s turn

(looking at that photo above, I’m certainly glad I secured the top of the piping bag!!)

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 πŸ™‚

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7 Responses to Gingerbread Cupcakes with edible disc toppers

  1. Sue May 23, 2011 at 9:01 am #

    I have a soft spot for gingerbread men:) Your cupcakes are so cute, and so are your girls!
    Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting. BTW, I added email subscription to my sidebar~thanks for prompting me to do so!

  2. Paula May 26, 2011 at 4:02 am #

    I’m late to read this but certainly glad that I didn’t miss it. This post is too cute (same goes for the kids). Your cupcakes are adorable and I so enjoy how often you have the kids with you when you bake. They love to be involved and they are so proud of their finished results. You couldn’t buy a cupcake that would mean more πŸ™‚

  3. Nell May 27, 2011 at 10:05 pm #

    Did Molly try and squeeze the icing straight into her mouth (I definitely would have!)?

    Love that the girls drew on the discs – they look great. I think I’ll send Charlotte to live with you for a while so she can come back and be our little in-house baker! πŸ™‚

  4. Jihane @Sinful Sundays May 29, 2011 at 10:59 pm #

    Aww, your girls are so cute. The picture of Ava squeezing the bag from the middle— lol. Those gingerbread cupcakes look awesome too! Love the little men sprinkles!

  5. Kim McCallie May 30, 2011 at 3:41 am #

    These look delicious and your toppers are so cute. So much better than plastic picks! I’d like to invite you to share your recipe on A Well-Seasoned Life’s Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

    http://www.wellseasonedlife.com/2011/05/sweet-indulgences-sunday-6.html

  6. ShuswapCakes November 16, 2011 at 12:49 am #

    I’m going to try these tonight! Where did you find those gingerbread men sprinkles – LOVE them!!! Cute post… always checking your blog πŸ™‚

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