Finding new and fun party food to make each year for my daughters birthday parties I must admit is a huge pleasure as I love to see their happy faces when I get it just right! This year for Lara’s birthday party I have made these tasty and simple Elderflower cupcakes (she loves the taste of elderflower) with pretty fondant flowers to decorate. The flowers are so easy to make with the handy little flower tool and it’s something that the kids love to get involved in as it is “like playing with play-dough” as Lara said!
Party decorations just make the whole occasion so special and the party essentials from My Little Day add a very unique and an eye catching contemporary twist to your party. This year with both boys and girls coming to Lara’s party I wanted to get the colours just right, not too gender specific and I love the OMY Range from My Little Day as you can get the party guests to colour all the party-ware in! All I need to do is add some packs of coloured pens for the party guests to use to get creative with the OMY sets.
What also caught my eye from the My Little Day range were the bold eye catching baking cups, perfect for cupcakes or muffins and look fabulous on the party table, they would also be ideal for having as individual popcorn cups for the party. I will definitely be ordering some different colours from the range as they look so pretty and eye catching and not just for parties!
- 85g unsalted butter softened
- 285g caster sugar
- 245g plain flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- 1-1.5 tablespoon Elderflower syrup (I used the SodaStream syrup)
- 245ml milk
- 2 eggs
- 500g sieved icing sugar
- 150g unsalted softened butter
- 40-50 ml milk
- 2 tablespoons Elderflower syrup
- 150g yellow fondant icing
- White edible balls for decorating the flowers
- Preheat your oven to 190 C/ Gas mark 5.
- Line your cupcake or muffin tray with cases.
- Using the paddle attachment on your food mixer on a low speed, mix together the butter, sugar, flour, baking powder and salt until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs.
- Next add the milk and syrup into a jug, mix together and then add the eggs and whisk the mixture until combined.
- Add two thirds of this wet mixture to the dry mixture in the food mixer and combine on a low speed until smooth. Once smooth add the remaining liquid and mix on a medium speed until all combined.
- Carefully spoon or pour the batter into the cupcake cases (I used a jug and an ice cream scoop to help with an even finish) and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, remove from the oven and place onto a wire rack to cool while you make the frosting.
- Add the Elderflower syrup to the milk and mix.
- Using the food mixer add the icing sugar and the butter and beat with the paddle attachment until the mixture starts to come together to a sandy texture.
- Add the milk and syrup and beat on high until the texture is light and creamy.
- Roll out the fondant icing and using a non-stick rolling pin (such as the Professional Smooth Rolling Pin from The Little Venice Cake Company) and using flower shaped fondant cutters cut out large medium and small flowers and set aside to allow to dry.
- Transfer the icing to a piping bag and pipe the icing with a star shaped nozzle (I used the star nozzle from The Little Venice Company Piping Set) until you have all your cupcakes piped with the frosting.
- Place the fondant flowers onto the piped cupcakes and with a little water to adhere add the white edible balls into the centre of the largest flower.
I hope this has given you some party inspiration and if you are looking for bright. colourful and fun party ideas the My Little Day website has so many great ideas to make the day extra special.