Super easy & cheap themed cupcakes

For E’s 5th birthday this year, we kept it small and intimate. Besides a birthday getaway, he had an in-class celebration with his classmates a few days before.

My initial plan to get some firefighter-themed fondant cupcakes from the same bakery we ordered from last year didn’t work out after discovering that the price has increased to AED7 now. Thirty cupcakes of this price would burst my budget by almost half, considering that we were getting him another cake for the getaway celebration. Plus we can’t really eat those pretty fondant, can we? Well, at least I won’t!

firefighter cupcakes
What I had in mind

 

A friend suggested a very simple yet economical way to prepare themed cupcakes that were certain to make both parents and birthday child happy. They were so easy and fool-proof that even if you’re lousy in cooking and baking, you can still get these done!

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Circle toppers
All you need to have to prepare the themed toppers are laminating machine, images from the Internet and a pair of scissors. Estimate the diameter of your cupcakes, get your kid to select 4-5 themed images from Google (preferably with white background for easier adjustment) and personalise as you wish. You may insert your child’s name or a little message for each of his/her friend. Print them out in colour. Laminate the images and cut the circles. Give them a good wipe.

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Cups
As regular cups tend to become oily and lose their colour vibrancy once they are used, I got the Color Cups from Wilton. Lined with foil inside, they slightly more expensive but remained pretty throughout. Worth it for that special occasion.

wilton color cup

Easy-peasy chocolate cupcake recipe
This is my go-to recipe for a yummy and moist chocolate cake. It’s so simple even kids can bake it! You can choose to steam it in the wok or bake it in the oven.

180gm unsalted butter
130gm sugar
200ml fresh milk
2 eggs – lightly beaten
100gm plain flour
58gm unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 vanilla essence
Some cream cheese for sticking the toppers

1. Combine sugar, milk, vanilla essence and butter in saucepan on low fire. Stir until sugar dissolved. Leave aside to cool.
2. Add eggs to milk mixture and stir to combine.
3. Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder.
4. Add egg-milk mixture to flour mixture and stir until well combined. Batter is watery.
5. Pour mixture into cupcake tin. You can either steam for 45-55 minutes or bake at 150’C for 13-15 minutes. Check if they’re ready by inserting a toothpick in the middle of cupcake. They’re thoroughly baked when toothpick comes out clean.
6. Once the cupcakes cooled down, spread some cream cheese on top and place the circle topper on each cupcake.

image3These cupcakes were homemade, tasty, not loaded with mountains of sugar and colourings, and cost me less than AED60 (RM60.35) for 30 pieces. Definitely a winner!

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