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Four cupcakes decorated differently with bright colours that spell out '4 you'

Message cupcakes

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These message cupcakes are perfect for saying Happy Birthday, I love you, or just a name – Write your very own message using cupcakes. Decorate each one with a letter and arrange in order.

Key Information

  • Prep:
  • Bake:
  • Serves:12
  • Skill level:easy

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Ingredients

For the cupcakes

For the decoration ideas

  • 300g 10⅝ oz Fondant icing sugar (we use Silver Spoon)
  • 300g 10⅝ oz White sugar paste icing
  • Food colouring (Pick your favourite colours)
  • Designer icing (pink) or preferred colour (we use Silver Spoon Create)
  • Designer icing (blue) or preferred colour (we use Silver Spoon Create)
  • Sprinkle decorations

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The Method Enter Bake mode

  1. Classic mode Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan 160°C, gas mark 4). Line two muffin tins with cupcake cases.

  2. Classic mode Step 2

    Put the butter and sugar in a bowl and beat until pale and creamy. This could take up to 10 minutes to get a fluffy mixture.

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  3. Classic mode Step 3

    Add the eggs, one at a time, then add the vanilla extract and beat until well combined.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 4 4 Egg(s) (free range)
    • 1tsp 1tsp Vanilla extract (we use Nielsen-Massey) Vanilla extract
  4. Classic mode Step 4

    Sift and fold in the flours together. Add enough milk for a smooth batter that is of dropping consistency.

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  5. Classic mode Step 5

    Spoon the mixture into the cases to about ¾ full. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 5 minutes. Stand the cakes out onto a wire rack to cool.

  6. Classic mode Step 6

    Get creative with decorating! To make the fondant icing – Sift the fondant icing sugar into a small bowl, add just enough warm water a drop at a time to give a smooth, thick icing.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 300g 10⅝ oz Fondant icing sugar (we use Silver Spoon)
  7. Classic mode Step 7

    Add a few drops of a food colouring and beat to give an even colour. Spoon a little icing over the cooled cakes so that the tops are almost covered and leave to set for a few minutes. Add any sprinkle before the icing sets completely.

    Ingredients for this step

    • Food colouring (Pick your favourite colours)
    • Sprinkle decorations
  8. Classic mode Step 8

    Colour the sugar paste icing in the colour of your choice. To do this knead the sugar paste icing, add a few drops of food colour and knead again to spread the colour through the icing. Repeat until you get the desired colour.

    Ingredients for this step

    • Sugar paste icing
    • Food colouring (Pick your favourite colours)
  9. Classic mode Step 9

    Cut a selection of patterns, letters or numbers for your cakes. Spread some designer icing onto the cakes and cover with the rolled icing shapes. Decorate using sprinkles.

    Ingredients for this step

    • Designer icing (pink) or preferred colour (we use Silver Spoon Create)
    • Sprinkle decorations