FOOD

Lipstick Cupcakes

Piled high with strawberry buttercream frosting, these cupcakes are inspired by the YouTube celebrity Miranda Sings.

FOOD

Lipstick Cupcakes

Piled high with strawberry buttercream frosting, these cupcakes are inspired by the YouTube celebrity Miranda Sings.

Ingredients

  • 429g all-purpose flour
  • 265g caster (superfine) sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 375ml of milk
  • 125ml vegetable oil
  • 125g unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp Greek yogurt (can substitute with sour cream)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 drops blue food gel + ½ drop black food gel
  • red edible glitter (small glitter)
  • red glitter sprinkles (slightly larger glitter)
  • 1 tsp mango essence
  • Frosting
  • 1 batch Swiss meringue buttercream frosting (recipe: thescranline.com)
  • 4 drops red food gel.
  • 1 tsp strawberry essence

Steps

  1. Preheat a fan-forced oven to 160C (320F) or 180C (356F) for a conventional oven. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the flour, baking powder, caster sugar and salt. Turn mixer on low speed and allow it to mix for a couple minutes to help everything combine well (alternatively you may do this by sifting the ingredients together). Add the softened butter and let it mix until it resembles a fine sand like texture.
  3. Next, add milk, eggs, yogurt, mango essence, oil and vanilla extract in a large jug and whisk well.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients in a slow and steady stream until no dry ingredients are visible. Scrape down the bowl and mix for another 20 seconds.
  5. Separate about 3 tsp of batter into a small bowl. Add blue and black food gel and mix until well combined. Fit the end of a piping bag with a small round tip.
  6. Pipe long strips from bottom to top along the inside of your cupcake liners. Alternatively you can used striped cupcake liners.
  7. Fill each cupcake liner 3/4 of the way with the rest of the batter (using an ice cream scoop to transfer the batter into the cupcake liners makes this a quick and easy process otherwise you can use two tablespoons).
  8. Bake for 20-25 min or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow them to cool completely on a wire cooling rack before frosting.
  9. To prepare frosting add red food gel and strawberry essence and mix until well combined.
  10. Fit the end of a piping bag with a medium sized round tip and frost a swirl of frosting on top. Finish with a sprinkle of both glitters.