July 8, 2008

Confetti Cupcakes for a Birthday Girl

It was Akshaya’s birthday on the 6th. We aren’t really celebrating anything these days and she just wanted to have a couple of friends over for tea, this birthday. I had promised to make her a frosted cake this year. This was a big step for me. I have baked any number of cakes but cutting them up, sandwiching them with buttercream and decorating them is an entirely new and frightening thing for me. After making a few Daring Baker cakes, I’ve lost a bit of that fear but realized that there are many things that can and will go wrong while decorating a cake! So I did make her a chocolate covered buttercream sandwiched cake, which I will post later.
So what else did she want? Lots of chips (the Lays kind) and fruit juice to drink (we avoid buying fizzy drinks).
And croissants. Croissants?
Ok. The thing is, for us here, bread is really not breakfast. Well, maybe on those occasional days when I’m not feeling good or we’re pressed for time, bread features in breakfast along with fruit, cornflakes and milk. Otherwise, bread sometimes is dinner with soup. Or for sandwiches at snacktime.
She wanted “plain” croissants, without chocolate or anything else! So I made some of those using the Danish pastry dough that was last month's Daring Baker's challenge.




Then she wanted “white” cupcakes (as in no chocolate, because she's tired of chocolate cakes) with frosting! A bit of a surprise for me, because she doesn’t really like very sweet things and has never been very keen on icing/ frosting. But then Akshaya’s tastes in food (and clothes) have been changing quite a bit so I should have expected this.
So I decided to go searching for cupcakes to make and finally found the perfect cupcake at Baking Bites. Baking Bites is a great blog if you’re interested in baking and Nicole has a wonderful variety of baking recipes.



I chose to make Nicole's Confetti Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting. I especially liked the idea of a frosting without butter. I kept to the original recipe, but used honey in place of corn syrup, vinegar instead of cream of tartar and reduced the sugar for the frosting by ½ a cup as I find most frostings very sweet. The recipe is for 12 cupcakes and I got 14. I also had a little under half of the frosting left over (maybe I was meant to use more on the cupcakes).




The cupcakes were soft and very attractively speckled with colour. I've never tasted frosting like this and quite liked it. It was quite soft yet stiff enough in texture to hold its shape.
The evening ended with 4 very happily stuffed girls and 2 not so stuffed, but rather tired adults clearing up after them.


24 comments:

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

They are lovely Aparna...love the idea of the confetti. Will mail you soon re your question; am perpetually racing around. Have guests over currently...hope the dear girls bday was great!!! Lov

jayasree said...

Confetti cupcakes looks lovely.... Belated b'day wishes to darling Akshaya. Hope she had a gr8 day.

sunita said...

Those cupcakes look great...hope the young lady had a fabulous time with her mates...hugs and wishes to her :-)

Pearlsofeast said...

They look so stunning.I think this would be a greattreat for my son too.Belated happy birthday Akshaya.

SMN said...

They look lovely and belated wishes for akshaya..

Arundathi said...

how lovely!! sounds like a wonderful birthday party! :-)

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

hi aparna
first of all , a very happy belated birthday to your daughter akshaya ! you really did make her happy and i loved this cupcake...your effort is worthwhile..you know !

Jayashree said...

Gorgeous looking cupcakes.....

Chef Dede said...

hi, nice cup cake..

Asha said...

Happy birthday to her from me! Lovely cakes, she knew what she wanted!:D
I know,parents are tired and loaded with sugar buzz after eating those, but good to see their happy faces!:)

Roma said...

Awesome looking cupcakes!

Sunshinemom said...

Yummy Cupcakes, Aparna! Those growing ages;) He..he..Convey my wishes to Akshaya!

notyet100 said...

LOOK DELICIOUS...

Rachel said...

Wow...lovely cupcakes....

Sia said...

beautiful pics aparna... and belated b'day wishes to ur little darling :)

Maheswari said...

Birthday woishes to u'r little angel.Cakes look colorful and yummy

TheCooker said...

They look lovely!
Hope your daughter gets over this 'don't like' chocolate' phase quickly.

sra said...

That cupcake, the first one, is so so pretty! And so is the last picture, with the little green and orange specks! Happy Birthday to Akshaya!

Sireesha said...

The cupcakes are drooling.....Belated b'day wishes to ur daughter Akshaya...

arundati said...

look fabulous aparna.....happy belated birthday akshaya

Aparna said...

Akshaya wants me to convey her thanks to you all for the birthday wishes you left her.
Yes, she had a great birthday and is already planning her next one!

Suganya said...

Yay to no-chocolate cupcakes. Belated wishes to dear Akshaya.

suma said...

Hi Aparna! I made these cupcakes, and they turned out really soft, my kids enjoyed eating these delightful, colorful treats..

Aparna said...

Thanks Suma for the feedback. These are pretty good cupcakes, especially for childrens' parties. Happy you liked them too. :)