February 27th was Pokemon Day, and what better way to celebrate than with some yummy Poké Ball Cupcakes! This week is more about decorating than it is about the cakes themselves; you can use any cupcake recipe you want. Hell, you can even cheat and buy packet mix (who hasn’t for a birthday party or big event). That being said, vanilla and chocolate are usually the best options to be paired with plain old buttercream frosting. I personally chose the chocolate cupcake recipe by my all-time favourite bakery, Hummingbird Bakery. I no-joke dragged my best friend half way across London to find one of their bakeries at 6pm in the middle of winter when we were holidaying there. They’re that good.
Anyway, I whipped up those chocolate cupcakes and then I made some vanilla frosting. All of them are fairly similar, but the hybrid I’ve developed over the years goes like this…
- 1 cup icing sugar
- 4 tbs butter/margarine, melted (I use Nuttlex Buttery for a lactose-free but buttery taste)
- 1 tbs milk (I use Zymil Full Cream)
- 1 tsp vanilla essence (or to taste)
- Blend everything up until smooth and fluffy.
- That’s it. Now for the cool part…
So, you’ve made your frosting. You’ll also need some white chocolate melts, some thin licorice (or a dark-coloured decorating pen if you’re one of those people who doesn’t like licorice), and some food colouring. Then, follow these steps:
- Divide your frosting into two bowls. Colour one bowl red (or blue if you want to make Great Balls, black if you want to make Ultra Balls, or whatever other colour you might want to make them). Leave the other half plain white.
- Spread the white frosting on first, covering the bottom half of each cupcake.
- Spread the red icing on next, covering the top half of each cupcake.
- Place your white chocolate melt in the middle of the cupcake
- Cut the licorice into four pieces: one for the straight bits either side of the chocolate melt, and one for either curved side of the melt itself.
- Lay it down gently as shown in the picture, and make sure there’s no gaps between frosting. Ta-da!
That’s it for this week. Please don’t throw these at people, they’re much better off being eaten. Also, as a side note, you could also use fondant to make the cupcakes look more “smooth” and “pretty”. But you’ll probably never see me using fondant – because let’s be honest here, it tastes like rubbish compared to a good quality frosting. It may not look as neat, but oh man does it taste twice is good; and that’s what I care about most 🙂
If you made any Pokémon cakes for this Pokémon Day, please send me links – I’d love to check them out!!!