Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Pakistan's Independence Day : Bake a Hidden Star in a Cupcake

Bake a Hidden Star in a Cupcake ... Don't judge from the outside, beauty lies within!

I came across this recipe a few months ago. The original recipe makes a very large batch, so I used my favorite cupcakes recipe to make a small batch. And the result was great for a first attempt. Please pardon my poor frosting skills, I rarely do frosting on baked goods :)

They look a bit difficult to make, but they're quite simple. You can use your favorite recipe for cupcakes and butter-cream. Use this technique with any shape you like, make sure it is small enough to fit inside a cupcake. So if you want to impress your family and friends, make these and let them wonder how you did it :)

Bake a Hidden Star in a Cupcake
Source : Bake it in a cake

Ingredients :

For Cupcakes :
  • 4 oz.  butter, softened
  • 4 oz.  castor sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp.  vanilla essence
  • 4 oz.  plain flour
  • 1 tsp.  baking powder
  • 1 - 2 tbsp.  milk, as required
  • Green food color
For Butter-cream  :
  • 1/8 cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup icing sugar, or more if required
  • 1/4 tsp.  vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp.  milk
  • Few drops food color

    Method :

    For Cupcakes :
    • Preheat the oven to 180 C.
    • Beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and creamy.
    • Add the eggs, one at a time and beat well after each addition.
    • Add the vanilla essence and beat again.
    • Sieve in the flour and baking powder. Gently fold in or beat on low speed until well combined.
    • Add milk, if the mixture is very thick & mix well.
    • Pour enough batter for two cupcakes in a small bowl. Add food color to get your desired color. Cover the remaining batter and leave aside.
    • Fill two cupcake liners with this batter. Bake at 180 C until it is done and firm enough to cut.
    • Remove from the oven, allow to cool completely.
    • Remove the liner and slice each cupcake horizontally to create three layers.
    • Use a small star-shaped cookie cutter to cut out cake stars that are small enough to fit into cupcake liners.
    • Using a marker or a pencil, make a small dot on the outside of the cupcake liners, then place them in your cupcake pan. 
    • Spoon a heaped tablespoon of the plain batter into paper lined cupcake tins. 
    • Put one star into each tin and press it point down into the batter. (Keep all the stars facing towards the dot you drew on the cupcake paper, so you remember which way the star is facing after the cupcakes are baked.)
    • Spoon another spoonful on either side of the star. Cover with another heaping teaspoon of batter so the star is completely covered and bake until the cupcakes have turned golden brown.
    • Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting. Then top with your favorite butter-cream or icing.
    For Butter-cream  :
    • Beat the butter in a large bowl until soft. Gradually add icing sugar and continue beating until fluffy.
    • Add vanilla and milk; beat the mixture until creamy and smooth.
    • Stir in the food coloring, if using until well combined.
    • If the mixture is too thick, add a little more milk. If it is too thin, add more Icing sugar.
    Notes :
    • Do not use microwave to soften butter for butter-cream as this will make your butter-cream runny and grainy like mine :(
    • You’ll have to keep the cupcakes facing forward, so you get the right cross-section of the star when you cut or bite into the cupcake ( to get the full star effect ). That’s where the little dot on the cupcake paper comes in handy. After frosting, put decorations on them that can also face forward. This will help you to cut the cupcake in right order to see the star shape inside ( if you cut the star in the wrong direction, you just get a rectangle shape ). 
    • Serve these with one cupcake cut in half, so they know what lies inside these cupcakes. 

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    Happy Pakistan's Independence Day
    Wishing a very happy Independence Day to Pakistanis all around the world. May this year ahead bring peace and prosperity to all!

    Thank you for stopping by. Hope you enjoy the recipe!!!


    1. wow....Awesome..lovely idea and yummy yummy..

    2. HAPPY independence DAY
      These cupcakes are sooooooooooooo awesome!
      Great idea and such beautiful result
      I really like these :)

    3. Happy Independence Day of Pakistan..
      Or Jashan-e-Azadi Mubarak ho...
      I really Enjoyed the post..what a perfect cake for this awesome day..Happily Celebrate..
      Thanks for this yummy post my dear..take care..

    4. absolute genius!.......gorgeous cupcakes.happy independence day to you.

    5. First comment? Masha-Allah, what you did with this cupcake is very creative! I like the bright green colors. Green makes you calm and at peace. Allah knows best :)

      Do know, though, that celebrating our country's Independence Day may not be in accordance with the teachings of the noble Messenger Muhammad SallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam. Even I don't celebrate the Philippine National or Independence Day, I don't even know who were the so-called Filipino heroes who were responsible for the independence of Philippines. Because if the Prophet SallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam never celebrated his country's 'national day', why should I bother celebrating mine's.

      Allah knows best, sis in Islam :) anyhow, I really admire what you did with this cute cupcake, Ambreen :) looks yummy :)

      May Allah make our creativity our means to enter Jannah/Heaven near Allah and His Messenger Muhammad SallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam. Ameen.

    6. btw, can I ask you what your birthdate is?

      just curious :)

    7. wow this is such a lovely idea Ambreen :-) totally cute..

    8. Happy independence day!! and these are gorgeous cupcakes!!
      Prathima Rao
      Prats Corner

    9. Wow this looks amzing...u have great skill

    10. thats such a neat idea. I was wondering how to do it and thanks a ton for sharinf this.

    11. Sorry Ambreen..I wrote as simran:-(

    12. Cupcakes look very delightful and well presented.
      Happy Independence day to you .

    13. What a stunning idea my friend, this looks gorgeous :D
      Loving the spirit!

      Choc Chip Uru

    14. wonderful recipe... liked the idea of the star inside the cake... thanks for sharing...

    15. ooooooooh!!loving the technique! frosting doesnt look too bad either :) im sure it tastes awesome! happy independence day!

    16. These are so gorgeous Ambreen! And you are right the inside is very impressive! Happy Independence Day to your country!

    17. These are adorable ambreen!

    18. hi ambreen- happy eid fitri to you and family- now i know how to make that star. thanks dear

    19. I would like to award you today because I believe your blog is fabulous :D
      Enjoy my friend!
      Check it out here: http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/birthday-post-2-a-guest-post-at-cake-whiz/

      Choc Chip Uru

    20. belated independence day wishes to you dear.. hidden star will be a sweet surprise to kids..

    21. wow so good and yummy cake..

    22. This is awesome! I love to make cakes which suprise people. It's always fun to see their amused faces...hehe. I am pakstani but my husband is indian....maybe i should make a cupcake with an orange wheel instead of a star....hehe
      A happybelated independence day!!!

    23. OK you had me at hello with the star in the middle! LOL

    24. This is such a fun cupcake idea! Now I have to make cupcakes with some hidden treasure inside. Pinning :)

    25. These are terrific!! I'd love to have you link this up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch

    26. This is totally cool!!! I can't wait to try it - thanks for sharing. I'm your newest follower from "foodie friday" blog hop. If you get a chance I would love a "follow-back": http://godsgrowinggarden.com/

    27. What a cool idea! The possibilities are endless! I found your lovely blog via Foodie Friday. I'm having a link-up at my blog too this weekend if you'd like to join: http://jessica-healthymommyhealthybaby.blogspot.com/2012/08/sweet-saturday-16-sweet-bbq-pics.html

      I hope to see you there!


    28. ♡¸.°.¸♫♫♪

      Ficou muito bonita e, o melhor de tudo, saborosa!
      Bom fim de semana!

    29. So cute! Thank you for sharing this yummy goodness at Potpourri Friday at 2805!

    30. This is SO cool!! Brainstorming all the other fun shapes to put inside cupcakes :) Thanks for sharing them at the {what's shakin' link party}!!

    31. Awesome! the possibilities are endless! I can't wait to try these, the kids will love the surprise!
      Stacia@ http://www.feathersandsunshine.blogspot.com

    32. Assalam u Alaikum dear,
      Do accept this award if you have a follower less than 2oo, as I can't see the number of follower.
      Congratulation!!! You have received the liebster blog award.
      Accept your award here: http://inheritedrecipes-rashu.blogspot.in/2012/08/awards.html
      I'm wishing you in advance happy Eid-ul-fitr and this cake is awesome.

    33. What a great idea for Independence Day. I think some folks in the US might modify the idea for St. Patrick's Day. Thanks for sharing it on foodie friday.

    34. Ambreen,
      Happy Independence day! These are amazing cupcakes and the green you used is just beautiful. I can't wait to try this technique. Thanks for sharing at Creative Thursday this week. Have a wonderful weekend.

    35. I absolutely love this idea--and the "beauty is found within" theme. I can't wait to try it for my kids. Thanks for joining the party at One Creative Weekend! Have a great weekend!

    36. So cute and creative! Love the possibilities!

    37. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
      Come Back Soon!
      Miz Helen

    38. Yay! Thanks for responding to my invite and linking up at Sweet Saturday! I'm following you back now under this account :)))) Hope to see you again!!

    39. I am so glad you shared these! I have wondered how to make them. Thank you for sharing on Thursday's Treasures Week 47. Looking forward to more amazing recipes! <3 and hugs! http://www.recipesformyboys.com/2012/08/thursdays-treasures-week-47.html

    40. I've gotta try this!! Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. Hope you will link up again this week. The party will be live tonight. www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com

      Thanks, Nichi

    41. These are such cute cupcakes. You have done a beautiful job. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/08/tangerine-toner-and-wednesdays-adorned.html
      Hope to see you there.
      Debi Bolocofsky
      Adorned From Above

    42. Ambreen,
      You're being featured this week on Creative Thursday :) Stop by and check it out. Have a wonderful week.

    43. How adorable! This would be an awesome idea to make red, white & blue cupcakes for July 4th! Thanks for sharing - how exciting to be featured too.

    44. I featured this idea on One Creative Weekend at OneCreativeMommy.com this week. Please stop by and grab a featured button if you’d like. The party is open!

    45. These are lovely! I think they could look good in a lot of different colours. :)

    46. These are amazing. Not only will my kids flip for them, my 5yr old daughter loves anything GREEN! These really are so cute! Pinning them also!
      Blessed to have found you. New Follower over from My Turn for Us
      Hugs, jen

    47. so cool, thanks for sharing and I hope you enjoyed your Independence day!
      Tamika @ www.notimefortea.com

      visiting from Freedom Friday

    48. oh my goodness! That is SOOO cool Ambreen! I've never seen this done before! Love it!

      Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
      Hope you have a fabulous weekend!
      Jill @ Creating my way to Success

    49. Such a clever idea! I LOVVVVVVVE it!! Thank you so much for sharing at my Throwback Thursday party, I can't wait to see what you share this week!

    50. These are so cute! I love them. THanks for sharing over at WHatcha Whipped Up! Hope to see you there next week.

    51. Like your idea will try it gal :) see the cake, i made on my sister's B'Day :)

      1. Thank you Monu for liking it, chocolate banana cake sounds good :)

    52. Nice article thanks for sharing such a great content

    53. Fabulous idea! I will definitely try it with my kids انشاء اللہ


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