Wicker Basket Cake and Decorated Flower Cupcakes

For all of you who love cakes, here are two delicious recipes: Wicker Basket Cake and Flower Cupcakes. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and that you make it for this holiday or for Mother's Day.


Ingredients:
3 ½ cups of flour (450 gr)
2 tablespoons of baking powder (24 g)
3 sticks of butter = 3/4 lb. (335 g)or Margarine
2 cups sugar (402 grams)
4 eggs
1 cup of milk or pineapple or orange juice (237 ml)
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract or almond (15 ml)
1 tablespoon of grated lemon zest (optional)

To Decorate:
Suspiro (Meringue) or Buttercream
Filling of your choice ( I used Strawberry Jam & Meringue)

Decorating Bag and Tips:
#7  o # 22 (any star tip)
#4 round
Basket Weave Tips #48 y #46
# 2ª Wilton's (If you do not have this one you could use a sleeve with coupler and no tip on).

Preparation: 

1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 F. (175 C). 
2. Cream the butter and sugar until you get a pale yellow color and creamy texture. Take eggs one at a time, beat well after each addition. 
    3. Start to pour the mixture of flour and baking powder already sifted, alternating with the mixture of milk and vanilla and ending with flour. Beat only until incorporated well. 

    4. Pour the mixture into baking pans previously greased and lined with wax paper (fills two 9 inch round pans or two 8 inch Square Pans).

    5. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. It’s ready when inserted tooth pick comes out clean.

    6. Let cool completely before placing on decorating dish, filling and decorating.
      See recipe for: Dominican Frosting / Suspiro  
      See recipe for: Buttercream



      This basket could be done with the following tip #48 or #46. Please note that these tips could be use in two different ways as you will see in the picture. (by #4 I meant #46)
        
      Instructions to make the (Mums) Flower Cupcakes

      Ingredients:
      • Ready to decorate Cupcakes
      • Mini Marshmallows
      • Suspiro (Meringue), Buttercream or Marshmallows, Whipped Cream
      • Sparkling Sugars
      • Gold and Silver nonpareils or mini chocolate chips


      Preparation:
      Spread frosting on the cup cakes (enough to hold marshmallows pieces).
      Then cut the marshmallows in half diagonally.
      After you have cut the marshmallows, rub cut side down, which is sticky into the sparkling sugar.
      Place them in cupcakes like you see in the pictures.
      Finally, in the small space left in the center place mini chocolate chips or gold and silver nonpareils.

      I saw these cupcakes in Fancy Flour and I tried to make something similar. I what do you think of my decorated cupcakes? If you want more information on these cupcakes you can find it in the book, What’s New, Cupcake? by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson.




      Wish you a Happy ande Blessed Weeknd in the love of a Living Christ!

       "and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." - Ephesians 5:2 

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