The easiest way to a kiddo’s heart

disney princesses cupcake While there are many ways to satisfy a person’s taste buds, there goes the so-called subways. Especially if your guests are the young ones, they tend to eat with their eyes first. Since the little girl in us wanted to be one of and/or be with those Disney characters, how about making cupcakes for the princesses? I put a little twist (I love doing that) to this recipe. You will need:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2/3 cup granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk

Disney cupcakes
Tips: (a) Using cupcake liners will keep them fresher and fuller. (b) Cook only one pan of cupcakes at a time. (c) Place your cupcake pan in the very center of your oven. If your oven tends to cook items more that are towards the back (just like mine as shown in the photo), then rotate your cupcake pan halfway through the cooking time. In case it is really necessary to bake 2 pans of cupcakes at a time, switch the pans halfway through the cooking time. Put the bottom pan on the top and move the top pan to the bottom. (d) Do not store cupcakes in the refrigerator, it will loose its moistness.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and line 12 muffin cups with paper liners. In the bowl, beat the butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract for 2 minutes using an electric mixer or for 3 minutes with a hand mixer. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and milk, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour. Spoon the batter into paper cups until they are 2/3 or 3/4 full. Bake on the center rack of the oven for 20-25 minutes or until its golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean (I check if they are done even before the required baking time). Cool cupcakes in tins for 10 minutes. Ready to frost.

disney princesses cupcakes For the frosting, I used a whipped topping mix to achieve that taste of ala-sundae cone of Mc Donald’s to complement the vanilla flavor of the cupcake. To make 2 cups of cream, blend 1/2 cup of cold milk and 1 sachet of whip. Beat on highspeed with hand or electric mixer for 4 minutes until the topping thickens and forms light fluffy peaks. After swirling on top of the cupcakes, put rainbow sprinklers or chocolate sprinklers like those I used for the housewarming cake. Optional: you might want to play more by putting the edible images of Disney princesses (or the characters for the boys) on top just like I did. I got them from the supermarket; tasted like ostia (host/Holy communion wafers).

We are done. Now ready to serve the princesses (young ones and young once alike).

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  16 comments for “The easiest way to a kiddo’s heart

  1. June 19, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    these are very cute :) I’m not sure if we have edible images here but i think there is a place that makes custom images using a printer with food grade ink :D

  2. kg
    June 20, 2010 at 3:55 am

    tama ka, talagang that’s the best way to please kiddos! iba ang power of sweets, let alone food! he he!

  3. June 20, 2010 at 4:36 am

    yan ang gustong bilin…oven yum yum gawa ka then send here sa pinas :P

  4. June 20, 2010 at 9:44 am

    My daughter would loved that, especially the ones with a Snow White pic.

  5. June 20, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    They are perfect for both young and young at heart. :) The cupcakes look splendid. I hope I can find some of those ready made edible images.

  6. June 20, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    you are really so talented, wits. :)

  7. June 21, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Galing galing…Pag uwi mo ha, pa taste test ka :)

  8. June 21, 2010 at 10:21 am

    I am not into baking but I love baked goods (minus cinnamon)… Anyway, I love your idea of cupakes for the “young ones and young once”… ^_^

  9. June 21, 2010 at 11:56 am

    before, you impressed me with your DIY choco cake for your friend’s housewarming; now, here you go again making me drool over your cupcakes, hehehe..

  10. June 22, 2010 at 10:05 am

    oishi desu…even if i’m not fond of sweets parang gusto ko ng isa :P

  11. witsandnuts
    June 24, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Thanks, everyone. :)

  12. June 24, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    lovely lovely! my son is addicted to muffins and cupcakes…i will definitely add your recipe to my collection.

  13. kaye
    July 7, 2010 at 7:13 am

    where did you buy the edible images? what supermarket?
    thanks.

    • witsandnuts
      July 7, 2010 at 7:28 am

      From Lulu Supermarket in Abu Dhabi.

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