Platinum Blonde Cupcakes
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INGREDIENTS

Cupcakes

429g all-purpose flour

265g caster (superfine) sugar

3 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

125g unsalted butter, softened

2 large eggs

375ml of milk

125ml vegetable oil

2 tbsp Greek yogurt (can substitute with sour cream)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1tsp musk flavouring

1 drop purple food gel

1 drop pink food gel

300g white Pashmak or Persian fairy floss

 

Frosting

1 batch Swiss meringue buttercream frosting

1 drop purple food gel

1 drop pink food gel

METHOD

Makes 20

Level: Super easy!

Cupcakes

Preheat a fan-forced oven to 140C (280F) or 180C (320F)  for a conventional oven. Line a cupcake tin with white cupcake liners.

 

Add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt to a large mixing bowl and mix together using a hand mixer to combine.

 

Next add the softened butter and mix on low speed until mixture reaches a crumbly sand like texture.

 

Add the eggs, milk, oil, Greek yogurt (which helps keep the cake moist), musk flavour, pink food gel, purple food gel and vanilla. Mix on low speed until no dry ingredients are showing. Scrape down the bowl and mix for another 20 seconds.

 

Fill each paper 3/4 of the way (using an ice cream scoop to transfer the batter into the cupcake liners makes this a quick and easy process otherwise you can use two tablespoons). Bake for 30 min. If they’re not baked after 30 min, bake for an extra 10 min at a time until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.. Allow them to cool completely on a wire cooling rack before frosting.

 

To prepare the frosting add musk flavour, pink food gel and purple food gel to frosting and mix until well combined.

 

Fit the end of a piping bag with a round tip and frost a thin swirl or tall bulb. This is going to act as support for the Persian fairy floss. Carefully wrap the Persian fairy floss around the cupcake. This can be done 1-2 hours before serving. It lasts a lot longer than regular fairy floss.

 

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HELPFUL TIPS!

 

STORAGE: store in an airtight container for up to 3 days (refrigerated and thawed 40 min before serving). Although I’d recommend baking and serving on the same day.

 

CAKE: Recipe can be used for two 8” cake tin - adjust baking time to 30-40 min and bake on 180C

 

EQUIPMENT: Can be made using a hand mixer (always mix on lowest speed) or a hand whisk. Take care not to over mix the batter.

 

OVEN TEMPERATURE:  If you’re baking at home set your fan forced oven to 160C (320F).

 

BAKING TIME: These cupcakes will typically bake on a lower temp and for a little longer than regular cupcake recipes. I find a low temperate and a slow bake results in flatter tops and no caramelisation so that if the cupcakes are coloured they don’t change colour and brown. After 30 minutes, stick a skewer into the centre of one of the cupcakes, if it comes out with wet batter, bake for another 10 minutes until the skewer comes out with crumbs or completely clean.

 

TOOLS:

Large mixing bowls

Spatula

Magic Whisk for wet ingredients

Kitchen Scales

Stand mixer (or hand mixer)

Wire rack

Frosting bag

Tablespoon

Measuring spoons

Cupcake baking tin

Paper liners

Ice cream scoop (optional)

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