It's not too late to whip up some pretty cute cupcakes for Easter. These are a hit because they're bright and fun... and who doesn't enjoy a Cadbury's creme egg? They're a purple, yellow and red staple of spring.
It's impossible to resist the mini versions of these chocolate candy treats. Peel the foil layer off of some of them and use a little knife to gently break them in half to reveal the delicious caramel yolk... or is it custard?
Saucy tinted half a batch of buttercream with violet food colour and to the other half she added a tablespoon of custard powder and a few drops of yellow food colour. The custard powder gives the frosting a very mellow flavour and almost takes some of the sweet edge off of it.
You'll notice that Saucy isn't normally want to put non-edible decorations on her cupcakes but in this case those fluffy Easter chicks are way too adorable and could not be resisted.
Saucy's Perfect Cupcake Buttercream (amended 2014)
1 and 1/2 cups butter, room temperature
1/2 cup vegetable shortening, room temperature (Crisco)
4 cups confectioner's sugar, sifted
1 to 2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon clear vanilla (Wilton or other)
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
pinch of salt
In large bowl of stand mixer using whisk attachment, beat together butter and shortening at very high speed until well combined and smooth.
Gradually add the confectioner's sugar, about a cup at a time, scraping well after each addition. Ensure it is well-combined and the mixture is lump-free.
Beat in the vanilla, almond extract and salt. You may still wish to add the dash of salt even if you are using salted butter. It's up to you, it's not a perfect science.
Add the heavy cream gradually while beating at highest speed. The cream will emulsify with the butter mixture, making it light and fluffy. The more cream you add, the smoother the frosting and easier it will be to pipe.
This frosting can be made ahead up to a week and kept in an airtight container in the fridge until you need to use it. Set out at room temperature for at least one hour before you attempt to decorate with it.
Happy Spring! Happy Easter.