I absolutely love to bake. It’s something I do with the children all of the time and it’s also something I do when I really should be doing much more important things. Procrastibaking if you will. But if I’m being completely honest, I’m not the most shall we say delicate of cooks *cough* It might taste great. In fact, it usually tastes absolutely scrummy BUT it doesn’t always look that great. I’m great when it comes to making big overspilling muffins or huge great big slabs of cake but give me a piping bag and it quickly turns to disaster. Think Generation Game meets Mr Bean and you are somewhere close.
Oh how I drool over those gorgeous swirly cupcakes I see on Pinterest every day. All perfectly iced with swirly buttercream and decorations galore. I thought I could never ever in a million years recreate something like that having tried and failed so many times before. But then the lovely people at Dr Oetker sent me a whole lot of baking goodies to try including Easy Swirl Cupcake Icing and I thought what the heck, it might be a cheat but who cares? Those dreamy cupcakes could be mine. And do you know what? They were. Look at these beauties *proud face*
Now if I can do it trust me, a blind monkey can! Basically, the vanilla icing comes in a can. You choose a nozzle (it comes with different shapes and sizes for different effects and there are hints and tips on the can – it really is foolproof) and away you go. Give the can a good shake, turn it upside down and swirl the icing on to your cakes. It really is that easy. I then decorated with some Dr Oetker Polka Dots and don’t they look pretty? I was truly amazed. In fact, I was fully prepared to blame my four year old had they have turned out to be a disaster but as it is, they were just perfect so the credit is all mine *smirk*
The lovely people over at Dr Oetker are holding a fabulous Cupcake Challenge competition on Facebook at the moment with a truly amazing prize of a trip to New York up for grabs! To find out more or to enter your most creative cupcake, take a look here.