Monday, 26 March 2012

Teatime at Tiffany's Cupcakes


One of my favourite films of all time is Breakfast at Tiffany's, but I think Teatime at Tiffany's would most definitely be a more glamourous affair.

As Holly Golightly famously said, she was just crazy about Tiffany's, and you'll be crazy about these cupcakes when you give them a go!  Individual, moist, vanilla sponges topped with sweet, thick, buttercream frosting in that signature blue that Tiffany's is famous for.  All this deliciousness is finished with a sprinkle of luxurious pearls...the edible sugary ones in this instance.

So put on your pearls, slip into that little black dress, make like Audrey Hepburn and enjoy these delightful little cakes...who needs breakfast at Tiffany's when teatime includes these beauties.






Teatime at Tiffany's Cupcakes 

Ingredients

175g unsalted butter, softened
175g golden caster sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
175g self raising flour
1tsp baking powder
2tbsp plain yogurt

For the topping

125g unsalted butter, softened
400g icing sugar
3tbsp milk
1tsp vanilla extract
blue food colouring
sugar pearl decorations

Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4 and line a 12 and a 6 hole baking tray (will make about 18 cakes) with paper cases.

In a large bowl beat the butter and sugar until smooth and creamy.  Add the egg and the vanilla and beat until well combined.  Sift over the flour and baking powder and mix well.  Finally, add the yogurt and mix until smooth and even coloured.

Divide the mixture between the paper cases and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until golden.  Allow to cool in the tins for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the topping; place the butter in a bowl and sift over the icing sugar.  Beat carefully with a wooden spoon, you will find the mixture quite thick.  Add the milk and vanilla and beat until just combined, be careful not to over mix or the butter will become too soft.  Add the food colouring, adding more or less until you get that signature Tiffany's colour, and mix until even coloured.

When the cakes are completely cold, either spoon the buttercream on each cake or pipe on using a star nozzle.  Sprinkle each cake with the pearl decorations and voila!

Belle's Top Tip
These cupcakes look so glamourous and glitzy they make great celebration treats.  How about giving them as Wedding Favours or for baby showers, you can always use pink icing instead!