Mickey and Minnie Mouse Cupcakes

Hi Readers,

First off, I would just like to announce that I am so proud to be working with the Alzheimer’s Society on this post. I really wanted to work with this charity because they have a Cupcake Day coming up and I thought, “What does the world need right now?” Cupcakes!
Although their Cupcake Day event is looking a little different to what they had planned (thanks COVID-19), they need your involvement more than ever!

We’re calling on bakers across the nation to rise as one and support the UK’s 850,000 people living with dementia. 700,000 will now need to self-isolate due to COVID 19. Every bit of dough you raise will help us be there for people affected by dementia at this difficult time. And the icing on the cake: by being part of it, you’ll feel more connected too.

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How YOU Can Help

You can help, by hosting a: household, online or later date Cupcake Day

Staying connected and having a bit of fun is what we all need right now. And let’s face it, cake is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Whether you’re a baking pro or a make-it-up-as-you-go, anyone can host a Cupcake Day. You can do it whenever you like and it’s super-simple to take part. It’s a great opportunity to join forces with thousands of others in kitchens up and down Britain. Use what’s in your cupboards, get creative and get the kids involved too – or bring your workmates together virtually.

Click here to get your FREE fundraising pack and let’s raise some dough for an amazing cause.

If you really can’t bake or you would just like to donate to this wonderful charity click HERE. They need you now more than ever.

How To Make Mickey and Minnie Mouse Cupcakes

If you’re eager to help but have no idea what to bake, I have created this tutorial for you. Everyone loves the most famous mouse pair in history and anyone can make these. Get the kids involved, make it a family activity or even bake with friends over zoom! Get involved and let’s make some money for charity!

Minnie and Mickey Mouse Cupcake Decorations

How to make Minnie Mouse bows and Mickey Mouse buttons out of fondant icing.
Prep Time10 mins
Active Time20 mins
Resting time1 d
Total Time1 d 30 mins
Keyword: fondant decoration

Equipment

  • 30 cm Ruler
  • Sharp knife or scalpel
  • Small paintbrush
  • Grease-proof paper
  • Rolling pin (small)
  • Small circle cutter or piping nozzle

Materials

  • 30 ml water
  • 50 g icing sugar
  • 1 pack light pink fondant
  • 1 pack white fondant
  • 1 piece yellow fondant

Instructions

  • Roll out the light pink fondant to about 0.5 cm thick on a surface dusted with icing sugar.
  • Cut out 6 rectangles (12 cm x 2.5 cm) using a ruler and a sharp knife.
  • Cut out 6 more rectangles (5 cm x 1 cm) using a ruler and a sharp knife.
  • Brush the middle of one of the smaller rectangles with water and layer a larger rectangle perpendicularly over the top. It should look like a cross.
  • Brush the middle of the larger rectangle with water and fold the ends into the centre.
  • Fold the ends of the smaller rectangle over the larger one so that the ends overlap in the centre of the larger rectangle.
  • Turn the bow over and pinch the back (where the ends have joined) until you're happy with the shape of the bow.
  • Set aside to dry and repeat with the other rectangles.
  • Roll out the white fondant, on a surface dusted with icing sugar, to about 2.5 mm thick.
  • Cut out multiple (about 35) small circles using a small circle cutter or the end of a piping nozzle.
  • Gently attach the circles to the pink bows using water and a paintbrush.
  • To make Mickey's buttons, roll out the yellow fondant on a surface dusted with icing sugar, to 2.5 mm thick.
  • Cut out small circles with a small circle cutter or the end of a piping nozzle.
  • Using a rolling pin, gently roll the circles into even oval shapes.
  • Set all fondant decorations to the side to dry for 24 hours. Make sure they are in a cool, dry place and aren't in direct sunlight.

Once the decorations are dry, you can get on with assembling your cupcakes. I used my Vanilla Cupcakes (click the link to see that recipe) but you can use whatever cupcakes you like.

Next, you need to make the buttercream.

Vanilla Buttercream

A basic buttercream, perfect for piping.

Equipment

  • Mixer (hand or standalone)
  • Spatula
  • Sieve
  • Piping bag
  • Piping nozzle

Ingredients
  

  • 110 g butter
  • 3 tbsp semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 500 g icing sugar

Instructions
 

  • Put the butter, milk and vanilla into a large bowl.
  • Sieve the icing sugar into the bowl.
  • Mix together on a slow speed (you might want to use a tea towel to cover the mixer as the icing sugar can go everywhere).
  • Once the icing sugar has started to combine, increase the speed of the mixer.
  • Once the buttercream is fully combined and achieves a fluffy consistency and light colour, use a spatula to ensure all the ingredients have mixed completely.
  • Decant into a piping bag with nozzle and use immediately or refrigerate for up to 4 days.
Keyword buttercream, icing, vanilla

Once you have made your icing, divide the buttercream into two bowls. Colour one bowl of icing red and one bowl of icing pink. I use the Wilton gel colours because you only have to use a tiny amount for a lot of colour.

After that, put the buttercream into piping bags with nozzles of your choice. Pipe circular swirls onto the cupcakes. Using small round biscuits (I use Oreos) as ears, push them gently into the icing. Finish off your cupcakes with the fondant decorations.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s come together during these uncertain times and do some good! If you can’t bake or your local supermarket is all out of flour, then please donate to this wonderful charity! They need you now more than ever.

Click here for more information about the Cupcake Day and to get your FREE fundraising pack: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/cupcake-day?utm_source=Blog&utm_medium=eight&four&utm_campaign=Cupcake_Day&utm_content=theramblingsoflottie

Click here to donate to the Alzheimer’s Society: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/cupcake-day/pay-in

 

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How’s Your Quarantine Life?

COVID-19 has thrown all of us into a new way of life. With that, I want to know what you have done with this ‘new life’? Have you completed Netflix? Did you learn a new language? Did you boastfully show off your basic banana bread on Facebook? Did you play salon and cut/dye your own hair? Did you throat-punch your way to the last toilet roll in Tesco? No? Just me? Okay! Whatever you did, I want to hear about it, see pictures and/or police reports about it. You can share in the comments below or on any of my social medias.

“But Charlotte, did you really throat-punch someone in Tesco?” Of course not. I’ve avoided shops like the plague and instead sent out the human I love the most (Steven) to go for me. That’s true love. It’s the same type of love that means I feel safer in bed with him laying next to me because I can use him as a human shield. Sounds selfish but it’s actually proof of how much I love him. Anyway, what have I been up to during quarantine? Well, owning a human that is 100% dependant on me takes up a lot of my time (and no, I don’t just mean Steven). Since he has been home, he’s helped me out a lot, allowing me to have some time to do other things like…

Cooking

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I cannot tell you how much more enjoyable cooking is when you aren’t tied to a schedule or have a kid hanging off of your leg. Before Lock Down, I was racing around from 5 pm prepping and cooking dinner to be on the table for 6 pm (when Steven gets home from work) while simultaneously entertaining a toddler, making sure she’s safe (not climbing on the dog) and listening out for the dog destroying something. That sound is absolute silence, by the way, so that means every 5 minutes I run into the living room expecting some sort of baby toy, bib or cushion in his gob that I would then have to prise out from between his teeth. Now? Now, I offload the gremlins, I mean, adorable daughter and pooch, to Steven and can just concentrate on the cooking and enjoy it. Sometimes, I even put some music on and pour myself a glass of wine. I know, quarantine has turned me into a party animal. I just find cooking so therapeutic and I always feel like I’ve done my family a service after making them a meal. I’ve put a bit of love into that meal for them and if they eat it and don’t contract horrendous food poisoning, then that’s a pat on the back for me!

Cleaning

One thing I am thankful for in Lock Down is the fact my laundry hamper has returned to a normal level. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not empty. It’s never empty, but seeing it at an acceptable level (i.e. not spilling out onto the floor) has made me feel a little more relaxed. Normally, I can see the wash pile in the corner of the room while I lay in bed, anxious. It’s like an unwelcome spirit at the end of my bed, haunting me, reminding me. You didn’t do the laundry today. You said you were going to do it yesterday and you never did. Feel like a failure? You should! And as it gets larger and larger, I worry it gets closer and closer until one night it might be standing over me, glaring, breathing on my face. Until one night, a pair of dirty Christmas socks wrap around my neck and suffocate me in my sleep. Now THAT’S a horror story for you. But, thanks to Lock Down (and the amazing weather), I have managed to sleep at night, looking into the corner of the room and seeing, well, just a laundry basket. Ah, peace at last.
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Disney and Day Drinking

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Haven’t we all?

A beer with lunch, a bottle of wine with dinner (on a Tuesday?!), Jack Daniels for breakfast? Why not?! There are no rules in Lock Down. I will stress for ‘those people‘ amongst you, that I do not drink alcohol for breakfast. My headaches in the morning are a result of caffeine withdrawals due to my coffee addiction, not a hangover. Having said that, my coffee intake has gone up since Lock Down.

Upon the news that Steven would be home for a month, we invested in Disney+. Oh boy (as Mickey would say), is it worth it! I am a huge Disney fan anyway, but it also has all of my childhood TV shows on it. So you can bet your ‘sweet nibblets’ (if you get it, you get it) that I’m going to binge those cheesey 00’s Disney Channel shows! Not to mention, it allowed me to do a little bit of Homeschooling myself. Giving Olivia an education in Disney Classics. Everything from the princesses to the more recent Pixar movies. Is she too young? Never! Does she understand it or even watch it properly? No! But I do!

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Anyway, I’m sure there are much cooler things other people are doing with their time than I am. Please share them with me so I can live a cool life through you? Maybe you have some amazing tinder stories? Did you text your ex out of boredom? Did you stalk that girl from high school that called you fat and bullied you and you found out she’s working for her Mum as an estate agent single and alone? No? Me neither…
Maybe you did something less dramatic, like take up gardening? Maybe you became an online quiz master? Meditate? Take up Yoga? Ate everything in sight? Painted that wall you kept meaning to? Literally anything. Tell me in the comments!

Star Wars Day: Wookie Cookies

I know. You’re surprised to see Star Wars content on this blog. I haven’t even seen a full movie (don’t come for me). However, Steven and his family are Star Wars fans, verging on super fans. So, I thought this May the fourth, I would cheer them up with these! I first saw this idea on Pinterest and wanted to recreate it with my own recipe.

I have previously made other Star Wars themed bakes for Steven’s brother’s 40th birthday. We organised a Star Wars themed kids party (with no kids) in our new home (at the time), which included: Pin the Lightsaber on Yoda, Star Wars pun food (Ham Solo sandwiches), inflatable lightsabers, homemade photo booth and a Millennium Falcon cake.

It’s a relatively simple recipe but, nevertheless, may the force be with you! See? I can do Sci-Fi!

Recipe

You will need:

Ingredients

  • 400g Plain Flour
  • 3/4 tsp Bicarbonate Soda
  • 2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Mixed Spice
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 180g Butter (soft)
  • 125g Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 125g Golden Syrup
  • 190g chocolate
  • 100g white chocolate chips

Method

  1. Sift the flour and spices together in a large bowl.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy.
  3. Add egg and golden syrup to creamed mixture and combine well.
  4. Gradually add in the flour and spices until fully combined and makes a loose dough.
  5. Split the mixture into 3. Wrap in clingfilm and chill overnight.
  6. Preheat the oven to 170° Fan.
  7. Remove the dough from the fridge and leave at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  8. Roll out on a lightly floured surface and cut out your gingerbread man shapes.
  9. Using a fork, make impressions in the dough to look like fur.IMG_8379
  10. Bake on a lined baking tray for 8-12 minutes (depending on size of cookies and whether you like them soft or crisp).
  11. Leave to cool on a wire rack.IMG_8382
  12. Once fully cooled, melt the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 second intervals in the microwave, stirring in between until fully melted.
  13. Leave the chocolate to cool slightly before pouring it into a piping back (or you can use a zip lock bag)
  14. Snip the end of the piping bag (or the corner of the zip lock bag) and pipe a diagonal line across your gingerbread man.
  15. Place the white chocolate chips along this line. I used white candy melts because my cookies were quite large (and it’s all I had in the house #QuarantineLife).
  16. (Optional) pipe two eyes and a nose on your wookie with the chocolate.

So, there you go! Absolutely delicious wookie cookies! Not bad for a non-nerd, aye? I hope you enjoyed reading this and if you recreate these, please share the pictures with me! I would love to see your quarantine baking!

Happy Star Wars Day!


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