So, if you haven’t heard, yesterday was the Season 3 Premiere of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. And in honor of the premiere, several of my friends including Silverwolf, a tumblr blogger by the name of Nickelblue, and a relatively new Pony fan nicknamed (For now) “Liontail”, showed me the magic of friendship — I mean fondant — when they came over and helped me make a batch of cupcakes to get us pumped for the new season!
So if you like ponies, and you like cupcakes (No not those cupcakes) check out the recipe after the jump!
Okay so this is pretty basic, there really isn’t much here that’s too complicated, just make sure you’ve got your eye on your cupcakes so they don’t darken in the oven!
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Vanilla cupcakes, adapted from the Joy of Baking
- 1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2/3 cup (130 grams) granulated white sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Zest of 1 large lemon (outer yellow skin)
- 1 1/2 cups (195 grams) all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) milk
Okay so let’s go and make us some cupcakes!
So here’s what you’ll have to do…
First preheat your oven to 350 degrees
Next, with an electric mixer, or by hand, cream the butter with the sugar, then add the eggs–one at a time–and the vanilla.
After that, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt along with your lemon zest
Now, add your flour and milk to the sugar mixture in three additions. That means, alternate one third of the flour mixture, then one third of the milk mixture, and stir together to combine — and afterwards rinse and repeat!
Once you’ve got that all done, now it’s time to add some food dye. I mean you don’t have to dye them, but for kicks and because we’re trying to be pony themed, I separated batter into various bowls/cups and then enlisted the help of silverwolf with his manly arms to do the honors of mixing up a bunch of colors for me. It was a hard task and it took a great amount of effort but he got it down eventually.
Okay once you’ve got your colors down, divvy them up into your cupcake tin, and put it in the oven for about 17-20 minutes; since these are dyed cupcakes PLEASE keep an eye on them. They might burn up and discolor and it won’t be as pleasing but still tasty.
Anyhow, while the cupcakes are cooking, you can enlist the help of more friends to assist in decorating which brings us to the crux of this post: fondant.
Now, fondant is an interesting substance — it’s basically sugar and water combined together that can be molded, folded, drawn on, dyed, etc. It’s very pliant, although sticky, as we discovered the hard way while trying to make fondant cutie mark pendants to act as cupcake toppers. Now I’ll be honest and say that this was our first go with fondant (But certainly not the last recipe to feature it), and it worked out pretty well actually.
On cutting boards we molded and shaped out fondant pendants, then made several balls of dyed fondant, and used our elementary-school-Play-doh skills to masterfully shape the fondant into the cutie marks that we pressed onto the top of a “base” fondant medallion.
And when the cupcakes were ready, we slapped them on top and voila — perfect cupcakes for a pony party!