2013-05-18

Australian Fish Cupcakes

For the farewell party of an Australian colleague who goes - as he put it - "back to the land of murderous animals", I spontaneously baked these fish cupcakes. Basis for the cupcakes is the orange muffin recipe I used for the Muffin Buket decorated them with butter cream, mini Smarties, and "Lachgummi" - funny enough, you can use almost every form of Lachgummi fruit somehow use as a fish-tail, even the banana ;-) I had the idea again from Pinterest, but in this picture they probably used mini-M&Ms which have much richer colors than the mini Smarties I had. And, finally, I got to use my monster eyes :-)
Ingredients for 12 muffins: 
200 g sugar  
1 egg 
100 g butter or margarine 
finely grated zest of 1 orange 
juice of half an orange  
225 g flour  
1 tsp baking powder  
150 g yoghurt 

For the butter cream:

65 g butter
1/4 package of vanilla pudding mix
1 tablespoon sugar
120 ml milk

mini Smarties
Lachgummi for the tails
monster eyes

Preparation:
Grease the  muffin tin or line with paper cases and measure out the ingredients.
Beat sugar, eggs, margarine, and orange zest until fluffy.
Add flour, baking powder, yogurt and orange juice and stir briefly. Divide the dough evenly to 12 muffin cups and bake at 180° C for 20 min, test with a skewer.
The muffins are relatively flat, which is just right for this type of decoration.
While the muffins cool, you can already sort the mini Smarties.
For the buttercream, prepare the pudding according to package instructions and allow to cool, stir in the butter and stir in the pudding by spoonfuls. Coat the muffins with butter cream.
Then use a piece of Lachgummi (half a leaf, the tangerine, half an orange, the orange slice or even the banana - there are fish with a C-shaped fin, I learned that while diving!), as a tail fin layer the Smarties as scales onto the fish. My first fish had the scales layered facing the rear.
 For the other fish I reversed the direction of the scales and liked that better.
My cupcake liners even were colored blue-white and would definitely pass as water :-) 
And let's go to the party with the little guys! I mean, with the little ladies, judging by the lips, they are in fact girl fish, right? ;-)


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