Monday, 28 February 2011

Baby announcement cupcakes and an easy buttercream recipe

My sister-in-law has had a baby girl! Yay! She will now be lost in the world of princesses, tiaras, dressing up and then later - handbags, shoes, jewellery etc. It's never-ending! My two daughters have recently taken an interest in nail polish, lord save me!

So before I get side-tracked.

My sister-in-law wanted to announce the birth of the baby in a thoughtful way. One which involves something that we share a common interest in.....Cupcakes! Once again - Yay!! Close family and friends would get a box of cupcakes with a tag announcing the birth. Erm....the final figure was 110 cupcakes in total. No pressure :-/

4 vanilla cupcakes and 2 raspberry cupcakes.

There was madness, there was mayhem. But the end product was worth it all!
The madness happened the night before when I received a text from my post-labour, still pregnancy hormonal and sleep-deprived sister-in-law. It read "It's all going wrong.".
We had decided to divide the baking of the cupcakes between us and bake them the night before. That meant 55 cupcakes each (I preferred to see it more as 2 large batches of cake mixture) and definately psychologically seemed more manageable.
My cupcakes were going well and stress-free. I rang my sister-in-law to find out what was going wrong. I wasn't prepared for what she was about to say - "Erm...I think I forgot to put margarine in the cupcake batter. The cupcakes seem quite dry."
(cough cough - ahem) LOL.
Then she says, " I think I forgot to give sugar in the other batch."

Poor woman, I told her to go to bed!

 We had a good laugh about it and we both had made more than 55 each so it was fine. We had decided on the basic easy buttercream because we wanted something that would pipe well, easy to make and would last for a while.
More than anything, we had fun making these even though it was a very long and chaotic process and we can happily look back and laugh now.

The buttercream piped quite nicely and the trick was to get enough milk in there to give the buttercream icing the perfect, smooth consistency. There are a few different ratios out there for butter to icing sugar. I prefer the ratio of 1:2 so the icing sugar is double the weight of the butter because it's alot more smooth. And this is the one that you will find when you click down. 

See you soon xx

Easy buttercream icing  - makes 12 cupcakes

140g/5oz butter, softened
280g/10oz icing sugar
1-2 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla or chosen flavouring
few drops food colouring
Preparation method
1.Beat the butter in a large bowl until soft. Add half of the icing sugar and beat until smooth. Cover bowl with a tea towel or similar or you'll be in the middle of a cloud of icing sugar!!

2. Add the remaining icing sugar and one tablespoon of the milk and beat the mixture until creamy and smooth. Beat in some more milk, if necessary, to loosen the mixture.
3.Stir in the food colouring (optional) and flavouring until well combined.


  1. What an awesome idea! So did you mail a cupcake to everybody or what? I can imagine the late night stress and pressure. You must be an awesome aunt and step-sister. They are very pretty.

  2. That was so lovely to make the cupcakes to announce the birth! They look so beautiful!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a lovely comment!

  3. It was so sweet of you to be helping out with the cupcakes. They look so pretty! Congratulations to your sister in law!

  4. These are so cute!!!!! Cupcakes are the best way to announce anything!

    Thanks for the kind comments.

  5. Pink and white cupcakes are always gorgeous! :) What a lovely way to announce the birth of your niece, just gorgeous!

  6. Pink and pretty, just perfect to announce the arrival of a little girl.

  7. Such a sweet story, congratulations to the mother! Very pretty cakes too, I hope your hard work paid off!

  8. These look so lovely, I adore the packaging you've used. What a happy occasion !

  9. Merut - We didn't mail any. Was for all local friends and family. They were in boxes of six and boxes of four and gave it to approximately 24 houses. Crazy day!

  10. Thank you all for the lovely comments, so nice to know that you all liked them. I do value all of your comments (big hug!)
    And I will definately pass on all your good wishes to the new Mum! xx

  11. Just beautiful and really flower-like :)
    Sounds crazy, but I never made cupcakes, and I think I never ate one!
    :) (I'm from Switzerland)

  12. Lea - You need to make some cupcakes. Trust me!! You'll love the cuteness of them and lots of variety!