Queen of Hearts cupcakes

recipe

Queen of Hearts ginger cupcakes

Queen of Hearts ginger cupcakes

It was easy matching a cupcake to this heart cup and saucer, what better an idea than a playing card cupcake? I realise I would have done better to get an Alphabet cutter set than make my own feeble Q's but I haven't seen one for the life of me so I had to make do with what I had.

Queen of Hearts ginger cupcakes

Queen of Hearts cupcakes

Makes 8

  • 1/2 cup muscovado or brown sugar in a pinch
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon each of ground ginger and ground cinnamon
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 90g butter at room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk plus 1 squeeze of lemon juice into the milk to curdle it
  • 30g glace ginger chopped into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup

Decorations:

  • icing sugar to dust
  • 1 packet of white fondant (I use Orchid brand)
  • a small amount red prepared fondant prepared from the packet of white fondant. Dyed using a Gel or powder (liquid will affect the texture too much by the time you get the correct red)
  • Jam
  • Rolling pin
  • Round cutter about the size of your cupcake top

Step 1 - Preheat oven to 150c fan forced or 170c non fan forced.

Step 2 - Add all ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix on low speed until combined and then a higher speed until batter becomes pale. Spoon into patty tins.

Step 3 - Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool in tin.

Step 4 - Sift a coating of icing sugar over a clean flat surface. I use those latex gloves just to avoid moisture on my hands transferring to the fondant. Grab a section of fondant and knead until it becomes pliable. Roll it out and dust a rolling pin with icing sugar and roll fondant out to about 1/2 cm thick. Use a round cutter to cut out round.

Step 5 - To adhere the fondant onto the cupcake top, brush with a little warmed jam and then place fondant rounds on top.

Step 6 - With the white fondant done, roll out red fondant to 1/2cm thickness. Cut out heart shapes for the centre and then roll pieces into thin ropes and shape letters carefully (you may have to have a few goes at this). You can attach these red pieces to the white fondant using a little water brushed on the back of the letters.

Wedgwood Harlequin Queen of Hearts up and saucer available at David Jones, Myer & selected boutiques, $99 for the boxed set.

Queen of Hearts ginger cupcakes