Wicked Cupcakes and Frog Cupcakes

We have rather eclectic taste in reality tv shows here at Casa Beardy.  Most of it is watched purely by one member of the family – my distaste for the bumbling protagonists of shows like Gold Rush and Deadliest Catch, Beardy Fiance does not want to be in the room when I’m watching Teen Mom 2 or One Born Every Minute.  But there are a couple shows we both love, which mainly consist of The Great British Bake Off (because of course I love watching baking!) and The Apprentice, probably because of my ridiculous enjoyment of the assistants on the show.  Nothing like an eyeroll from Karren Brady.

As a baking lover, I was excited to see a contestant on the show who currently ran a bakery and was planning to open up her own online baking range and so I was really excited to see that Luisa Zissman, who later became better known as Celebrity Big Brother, had published her first cookbook, Wicked Cupcakes.  Inspired by the recipes popular in her St. Alban’s bakery, she has some rather unusual chapters in her cookbook, including “Skinny Minnie Cupcakes”, which uses artificial sweeteners and low-fat margarine to make a less indulgent treat, “Baking with Dixie”, which includes the recipes her young daughter loves to make (with a lot of easy and cute decorations for the cupcakes) and naughty cupcakes, which include alcohol flavoured cupcakes.  I especially liked the easy decorations on the cupcakes for children – it’s nice to be able to make cute cupcakes which stand out without making too much effort!

The recipes are fairly simple, based on a basic adaptable cupcake recipe and I think this book is best suited for decorating novices who are looking for simple but cute decorations for colorful cupcakes or for more health conscious cupcakes.

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Frog Cakes (adapted from Wicked Cupcakes)

Ingredients (cake):

200g caster sugar

200g unsalted butter

4 eggs

1 teaspoon green food colouring

220g self raising flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

Ingredients

Cream together butter and sugar.

Cream together butter and sugar

Mix in eggs and green food colouring.

Mix in eggs and green food colouring

Sift in dry ingredients.

Sift in dry ingredients

Fill cupcake liners about 3/4 full.

Fill cupcake liners about 34 full

Bake cupcakes for about 20 minutes at 160C.  Allow to cool completely before decorating.

Bake cupcakes for about 20 minutes at 160C

Ingredients (decoration):

300g icing sugar

150g unsalted butter

1-2 tablespoons whole milk

1 teaspoon green food colouring

White chocolate buttons

Strawberry laces

Black food colouring
Mix together icing sugar, unsalted butter, green food colouring and then add milk until the appropriate texture (you want it to be stiff enough to cover the cupcake smoothly with a palette knife, not a piping bag.)  Smooth the icing over the cupcake.

Smooth the icing over the cupcake

Apply the white chocolate buttons for eyes.  We painted the black food colouring onto the buttons to make frog cupcakes, rather than finding a smaller black candies.

Apply the white chocolate buttons for eyes

Cut up the strawberry laces to make a mouth (it can either be happy or frowny) and serve.

Cut up the strawberry laces to make a mouth

I received a copy to review from Transworld Publishers, but all opinions are my own.  This post contains an affiliate link to Wicked Cupcakes.

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