Cutesy cake decorating to entertain the littlies 6 years ago

Cutesy cake decorating to entertain the littlies

Keep little hands busy on a rainy afternoon with these cute fishy cupcakes from the Two Sisters Crafting blog. They can be easily assembled with shop-bought cupcakes and icing so that the kids can get stuck straight into the fun part; decorating (and eating, of course).

Ingredients:

Plain cupcakes

170g (6 3/4oz) softened butter

225g (8oz) icing sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

a drop of food colouring (optional)

To decorate:

M&Ms

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Candy eyes or mini marshmallows

Directions:

1 First make (or buy!) a batch of plain cupcakes. If you are feeling energetic here is Donal Skehan's excellent basic cupcake recipe.

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2 Make buttercream icing by beating the softened butter, the icing sugar, vanilla extract and food colouring (if using) together with a electric mixer on low until fully incorporated.

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3 Separate the M&M’s by colour. This was from a large bag of M&M’s. You’ll need about 15 M&M’s for the scales of each cupcake, and 2 reds for the fish lips.

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4 Ice the cupcakes with the buttercream then make the first row of M&M 'scales' down the middle of the cupcake.

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5 Continue adding rows until you cover half of the cupcake with M&M scales.

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6 Complete the fishy cupcake with red M&M lips and eyes. These eyes are edible eye decorations but mini marshmallows with a dot of food colouring for the pupil also works. You can play with patterns and colours.

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