My son follows the Tiges, so I made these cupcakes for him as a celebration because they made it into the finals even though they didn’t go far. They still did better than my team, but maybe next year (sigh).
The cupcakes, icing, and the eyes are gluten free, but alas I haven’t found any gluten free liquorice, so the whiskers, ears and noses aren’t. Hubby just picked them off and happily ate cupcakes anyway….
1/2 cup caster sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup liquid, made up of whatever juice you get from an orange, then top up the rest with milk
1 & 1/2 cups gluten free self raising flour
1 & 1/2 cups gluten free icing sugar (sometimes icing sugar mixture contains starches, so check the pack)
2 tbsp milk
Yellow food colouring
3 gluten free marshmallows (not the tiny ones)
Silver cachous for eyeballs
Liquorice allsorts and straps
Preheat the oven to 160 Celcius fan forced, or 180 if not.
Cream the butter and sugar for the cake, beat in the eggs one at a time and mix well to prevent curdling. Add the liquid and flour alternately. When you have a nice smooth batter, spoon into 12 hole muffin tin or into big cupcake papers. Bake for about 15 – 20 minutes – cakes should spring back when you touch them lightly. Remove from oven. Allow to cool in pan for a few minutes, then remove to a wire rack. Allow to cool completely before icing.
Cream the butter and icing sugar together and beat until light and fluffy. Add milk, and the food colouring a few drops at a time until you get the colour you like.
For the eyes, I used a fish filleting knife as it was the thinnest blade I have. Wet the knife (for some reason the marshmallow doesn’t stick as much) and cut each into four slices. Cut each slice in half and bend them to make rounds, pinch the ends. They might open a bit after you put them on the cake, but that doesn’t matter. Dot the marshmallow with a cachou. Using some liquorice allsorts, cut the black squares out. Cut each in half on the diagonal to make ears. Use a pink bit for the noses – I cut each square into four smaller squares, then just nicked off the corners to make a rounded shape. Cut some liquorice straps into whisker pieces and stick on.
He can now munch on Tiger cupcakes while humming “Yellow and Black, we’re from Tigerland!”