Is it just me, or are we going through a patch of blue? As in blue babies – everyone is having boys these days! To be honest I’m not a huge fan of babies (mostly because stuff squirts randomly from either end of them for the first few years) but I do love a good baby shower – how adorable are the little miniature clothes, not to mention the work that goes into decorating the venue and preparing teeny-tiny nibbly food? Baby showers aren’t the little bring-a-plate-of-eats get-togethers thrown by your mom anymore – they are full-scale productions second only to weddings.
With all the frills and fuss surrounding baby showers, regular plain ol’, same ol’ cupcakes with pink or blue or icing just don’t seem to cut it anymore. So when I found the sweetapolita blog (thanks Gill!) it was a real aha! moment – a simple method to produce a spectacularly sprinkly result! It looks super-impressive and fun, but it takes absolutely no effort at all. It’s one of the many things in life that make me think “Well duh – why didn’t I think of that first? Natch”, kind of like post-its, cake-pops and any of the fascinating inventions the Japanese come up with:
But I digress.
This recipe is for “confetti cupcakes” using sprinkles – everyone loves sprinkles: they’re just so cheerful and colourful and the perfect antidote to pre-baby nerves. And what better for a baby shower than sprinkles (get it – sprinkles, shower – no?). Baby-showers are so special because it’s a party celebrating a happy and exciting event… and possibly the last party the mom-to-be will attend for a while… so make it one to remember :-).
I will be using this method for just about every occasion calling for vanilla cake. Don’t tell anyone how easy it is; fib and tell them how you laboured in the dead of the night by the light of a lone flickering candle, meticulously embedding each sprinkle in just the right spot using tweezers and a spirit level. Because absolutely NO-ONE will believe the real story.
For super-impressive, super-easy confetti cupakes:
One batch of vanilla cupcake batter (I won’t post the one I used for the pics – it contained oil instead of butter, and the cupcakes felt greasy with a rough texture – not my favourite. No-one will sue you for using cake mix) (what cake mix?).
A handful or two of rainbow vermicelli – depending how much batter you are dealing with, and your personal preference. For moi, there’s no such thing as too much sprinklage.
Embellishments – I used butter icing and moulded chocolates, but this is of course entirely up to you. Pink for girls, blue for boys, yellow/green/white for surprise babies. As in, unknown gender. Not like those hillbillies on “I didn’t know I was pregnant”.
Preheat the oven and prepare the batter. Gently stir in the rainbow vermicelli so that it is more or less evenly mixed through, then plop scoops of the be-sprinkled batter into cupcake liners and bake. Once they are out the oven and cooled down, embellish to your hearts content. I like to have the icing cover the entire top of the cupcake so that the sprinkles are a nice little surprise.
That’s it. Seriously.
Go out and celebrate something special (like a new little person) with confetti cupcakes!!
PS: Will someone PLEASE produce a pink baby – I need an excuse to buy this!! Sadly, it is not available in my size.