While I have a great little collection of miniature supplies at home (mostly stuffed in the bathroom cupboard), I’d never ventured into making mini treats. Of course I’ve made small sweet creations before – truffles, chocolates and the like – but nothing I could truly claim as bite-sized, baby versions of a well-known treat.
To be honest though, the thought had never really crossed my mind.
Until last weekend when Kevin and I were out car shopping with my parents*. I don’t know about you but I find car shopping pretty tortuous, so after a couple of hours trawling car yards I was starving and beginning to get a little hangry. So we loaded in the car and headed to the nearest fast-food restaurant for a quick refuel.
This just so happened to be Wendy’s. While Mum grabbed a table and the boys ordered, I shuffled to the condiments area to get the essential tomato sauce and straws. As I was pumping tomato sauce into one of their little tubs I realised something – they looked like tiny cupcakes cases. So I cheekily grabbed a handful and stashed them away to make some bite sized, fairy-like cupcakes.
I mixed up a normal batch of vanilla cupcake mixture to make the cupcakes, as I wanted to keep these baby cupcakes as simple as possible. While the mixture makes 12 regular cupcakes, I would have gotten around three times that in mini versions had I pinched enough cases. Instead, I got around one dozen and used the remaining mixture to make some regular cupcakes.
Because of how sturdy the cases are you don’t need to worry about placing them in mini cupcakes pans – instead simply line them up on a standard baking tray. I filled each one with a heaped teaspoon of cupcake mixture, which left each case sitting ¾ full.
I wasn’t sure of how long to bake them for, so set the oven to 190 degrees Celsius and the timer for five minutes (instead of the usual 15). While they weren’t ready at five minutes they weren’t far off, so I decided to check in on them every minute. After around seven minutes they were perfectly cooked and ready to be pulled from the oven.
Because of how small they are I was conscious not to over cook them. With this in mind I transferred them from the baking tray to a cooling rack within seconds of them leaving the oven. Picking them up by the paper rim stopped my fingers from burning, while moving them so quickly saved the baby cupcakes from ending up with burnt bums.
Once they’d cooled I whipped up a batch of buttercream and iced a little swirl onto the top of each cupcake using a 1M tip.
After finishing each one with a sprinkling of sugar pearls or 100s and 1000s, I called Kevin in to act as official taste-tester and all-round judge. Kevin being Kevin he inhaled several in quick succession before declaring them to be wonderful – it turns out I’m not the only one who loves things in miniature!
* The car shopping was very successful – Kevin and I are now the proud new owners of a bright red little Toyota. We pick him up tomorrow, I’ll be sure to introduce you.