[schema type=”recipe” name=”Space Themed Cupcakes” author=”Rachel Howard” pubdate=”2013-11-16″ image=”http://www.sundaybaking.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Space-Cupcakes-700.jpg” description=”A deep space themed cupcakes with magic stars and flying saucers. And a handy hint on colouring chocolate frosting!” ]
A little while ago I mentioned a baking disaster but I forgot to share it with you.
Back in the summer we went to a 3 year olds Birthday Party. And this little 3 year old was having a Space themed party so I thought I would take along some cupcakes. The idea was to make them look like space with planets and stars floating around. Easy I thought. But for some reason, I decided to make it hard for myself…
My most popular cupcake flavour is Jaffa Cake. I have had a lot of requests for them and I didn’t think making chocolate frosting a dark shade of black/blue would throw up any problems….wrong.
I made the cakes and started on the frosting. I added the tiny amount of colouring like usual and it did nothing. I added a bit more, and still nothing. A dollop of deep blue colouring went in and made a start but nothing like what I wanted. So I added a bit more and it went green (I used this for the aliens!). The only thing I could do was to add black, and finally it became a colour that looked quite space like.
I decorated the cupcakes with Milky Way Magic Stars, edible Flying Saucers and Stars and lots of edible Rainbow Dust!! For the Aliens, I just used some rolled up green fondant as tentacles and an edible eye.
So they looked pretty good, but i was very cautious of taking cupcakes so full of food colouring to a children’s party. I decided to put a disclaimer on the box that said something like….
These yummy Jaffa Cupcakes WILL turn your mouth blue and glittery
From this, I can warn you…..NEVER TRY TO CHANGE THE COLOUR OF CHOCOLATE FROSTING. JUST DON’T DO IT. Make a vanilla frosting instead and be safe in the knowledge you won’t turn everyone blue and high on E numbers.
This is the message I got from his mum (check out her blog – she is the person responsible for suggesting I start this one nearly a year ago!!!):
You forgot the warning about the green poo….!!