Every week, Ayra would request to bake something. I blame the Howdini baking tutorials on Youtube that she watches almost every day.
“Mama, I want to make princess cupcakes”.
“Mama, kakak nak eat white cake and pink cream”.
“I want to make cookies and then put sprinkles and decorations”.
She even knows baking terms like crumb coat, spatula, mixing bowl and stuff like that – which I think is quite impressive for a soon-to-be 4 years old. I mean, I only know what a spatula is when I was like 10 or something!
Thing is, I’m not actually a good baker. My cake sometimes turned out ok, but most of the time, it’s just gross and would end up in the dustbin. So really, it can be quite challenging when she requests to bake cakes or cupcakes, especially fancy ones like Thomas & Friends cupcakes. Luckily, I found Thomas & Friends cake mix at Cold Storage, so mission accomplished.
Then recently, she requested for Minnie Mouse cupcakes. I had no idea how to make Minnie Mouse cupcakes, so I searched images on Google for some inspirations and came across an easy one. No drawing required, phew! You only need cupcakes (of course), frosting, crushed Oreo and chocolate discs for the ears (or you could just use mini Oreos).
I used vanilla cake mix for the cupcakes to save all the trouble, and let Ayra helped me with it. She even read to me the ingredients at the back of the box – “2 eggs, 3 butter and 2 cups milk” (it was actually 3 tablespoons of butter and 2/3 cup milk. Hehe). For the buttercream frosting, I used Martha Stewart’s recipe. It would be best to use pink polka-dot cupcake liners for Minnie and red ones for Mickey, but I couldn’t find polka-dot ones so I used starry red cupcake liners instead.
Decorating the cupcakes was actually fun and surprisingly easy. It only involved 3 steps!
I wanted to make Minnie’s bow using pink decorating gel which I bought from Cold Storage, but it didn’t “appear” on the dark Oreo-covered head. My cupcakes looked more like Mickey than Minnie without the bow! So I came up with another idea – make Minnie Mouse using pink sugar sprinkles.
I used the same steps as above, except I sprinkled the sugar on the frosting rather than dipping it in them.
And ta-daah, you have Mickey and Minnie Mouse cupcakes!
The cupcakes were kinda messy but my girls thought they were pretty (and Raina just loveeeed eating those chocolate ears)! Feels great when I’m able to fulfill my girls’ baking requests. I’m like, yay, I did it!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have another baking task to study. And it involves fairies! *gulps*