Monday, February 8, 2010

Sugar Overload

Australia, in many ways, is strangely inconsistent. People here, it seems, are quite health conscious. Sport and physical fitness is heavily emphasized in school. But when it comes to birthdays, our school encourages children to bring cupcakes. I think they do this because they don't want kids bringing in full cakes that the teacher has to cut and serve! If every kid brings in cupcakes on his birthday, that would be approximately 2-3 sugary treats a month. It seems like a lot to me, but, when in Rome . . .

The Little Princess celebrated her 7th birthday one week after school started. She wanted to bring cupcakes and she wanted them to be special. Here's what we came up with:

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

I've made these cupcakes before and, frankly, they didn't turn out so great. When I filled the cones with batter and baked them, they never "puffed up" properly, and my cones were sort of flat on top. So this time I decided to cheat. My new method is much easier, and the results are better, too.

Step 1:
Bake the cupcakes in regular muffin tins. For you lucky people in the U.S. who can buy decent cake mixes at the super market, this part is easy peasy. For those of us in Australia, well I'm getting pretty good at making cake from scratch.

Step 2:
Fill the cones with candy. We used Smarties, which are an Aussie version of m&ms.

Step 3:
Invert the cupcakes and "glue' them to the cones using royal icing.

Step 4:
Decorate with frosting and sprinkles.

Step 5:
Create some kind of crazy contraption to transport these beauties to school. Duct tape is your friend for this project.

I do believe the cupcakes were a hit. They certainly met the sugar overload requirement, and got rave reviews from the Little Princess and her friends.


Robot Dad said...

I would have liked to have one... but as the title of the post suggests... too much sugar. I'm sure they were good.

I probably could have eaten one if they were filled with chicken and broccoli. Do you think the kids would like those?

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suzinoz said...

Fun! The cup cake cones look great! I personally can't get into 'smarties' though. I don't know what it is about them, they are just not as nice as M&Ms. My kids love them, but they also love Vegemite, so their taste is questionable! =)

Nana said...

They look amazing and fun for the kids. Another great job, Jenny.

Kristi said...

I made these for Quinn's third B-day, but I baked the batter inside the cones. It worked, it was a Martha Stewart recipe. I must say I like you way of baking them first and filling the cones.

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