Just look at these cupcakes for a second. I mean look at how amazing they look. These Party Ring Cupcakes have a light brown sugar sponge, vanilla buttercream and a white chocolate drizzle to look just like the famous biscuit.
If you don’t know party rings are biscuits made by Foxes. They are round and have a hole in the middle a bit like a doughnut. When I was younger I used to put them on my fingers like they were little rings.
I originally made these for my partner to take to work and I wanted to make them a bit more special and fun than a normal vanilla cupcake. So I added light brown sugar to give the cupcake a more caramelly flavour. If you don’t want to do this just replace the light brown sugar with caster sugar for a vanilla cupcake.
Party Ring Cupcakes
First off, I started by preheating my oven, this is such an important step because it means that your cupcakes will all bake evenly and at the same time. Next, I line my oven tray with baking cups. I use these baking cups from Iced Jems, because they are flat bottomed you can pop them on a flat oven tray and they hold their shape. They come in so many different colours and designs. I absolutely love these pink striped ones they work perfectly with these cupcakes.
Next, in a large bowl I start by creaming together the butter and sugar until it is lovely and fluffy. I add in the remaining ingredients and mix again until they are all incorporated and smooth and ta da you have a cupcake mix. It is so simple and easy to make.
Split the mixture evenly between your cupcake cases. I find the easiest way to do this is by using an Ice Cream Scoop, because then you get the exact amount in each cupcake case. Pop the cupcakes into the centre of your preheated oven for 15-20 minutes.
How Do I Know When My Cupcakes Are Baked?
If you have used light brown sugar then your cupcakes will be slightly darker in colour compared with vanilla cupcakes. You will know they are baked because if you lightly touch the top of the cupcake it should spring back when you remove your finger.
You can also use a cake tester to test the thickest part of the cupcake. If it comes out clean your cupcakes are ready, if there is still cupcake batter on the end of the skewer pop them back into the oven for 3-4 minutes and then check again. Repeat until the skewer comes out clean.
Can I Decorate My Cupcakes as Soon as They Come Out of the Oven?
Honestly, I wish you could because I am super impatient. As soon as my cupcakes come out of the oven I just want to decorate them and make them look pretty, but you must wait until they are cooled.
If you decorate your cupcake while it is still warm then the butter in the buttercream will just melt and your buttercream will just run off the side of the cupcakes. So I know it is frustrating but please wait until they are cooled fully before decorating.
For the decoration on these cupcakes I based it on the colours of four of the party ring biscuits. I started by making a batch of buttercream. To do this mix together the butter, icing sugar and vanilla extract until it is lovely and smooth.
If you find the buttercream is too thick add a teaspoon of milk and mix again. Repeat this until the buttercream is the desired consistency.
Now split the buttercream into four separate bowls. In one bowl we are going to leave this white. To the second bowl add a tiny amount of pink food colouring. I wanted to go for a pastel colour with these so I literally added the smallest amount of food colouring possible. If you add to much to start with then you are stuck with that colour. So I would suggest gradually adding little bits of food colouring until you get the perfect colour.
In the third bowl you want to add purple food colouring and to the fourth yellow food colouring. Put all the coloured buttercream into separate piping bags I used these piping bags and my favourite Wilton 1M Piping Tip.
It will look like you don’t have a lot of buttercream in each bag but please don’t worry because we are only going to be piping three cupcakes with each colour.
Once you have piped swirls of buttercream into the cupcakes pop them to one side.
Get two heat proof bowls and add white chocolate.
Melt in the microwave in 20 second bursts until the buttercream is completely melted and smooth. Add one bowl of the chocolate to a piping bag and leave to one side. To the second white chocolate add some pink food colouring.
To add the food colouring to the chocolate you CANNOT use a water based food colouring as this will just cause your chocolate to seize. I would recommend using a gel food colouring. Just as you did with your buttercream add a small amount at a time and mix in-between each addition until you get the perfect colour.
Add the pink food colouring to a separate piping bag and snip the end off. With the pink food colouring you want to drizzle this over the yellow and white buttercream cupcakes. With the white food colouring you want to add it to the purple and pink buttercream cupcakes. Finish off with the matching Party Ring biscuit. I used the Mini ones.
You can make these any colour you fancy I thought they looked cute matching the party rings thought.
If you don’t want to use light brown sugar you can use caster sugar instead.
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Party Ring Cupcakes
For the Cupcakes
- 145 g Unsalted Butter or Stork
- 145 g Light Brown Sugar
- 145 g Self-Raising Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 3 Large Eggs
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
For the Buttercream
- 600 g Icing Sugar
- 300 g Unsalted Butter
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 3-4 tsp Whole Milk (optional)
- Pink Food Colouring
- Purple Food Colouring
- Yellow Food Colouring
For the Decoration
- 100 g White Chocolate
- Pink Food Colouring
- Party Rings
To Make the Cupcakes
- Preheat the oven to 180C/160 Fan. Line a muffin tray with cupcake liners and leave to one side.
- In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
- Add in the flour, baking powder, eggs, and vanilla and whisk until all combined.
- Spoon the mixture into the cupcake liners. I use a small ice cream scoop to do this so I know that they are all even.
- Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes. You will know the cupcakes are ready when they are golden brown and springy to touch.
To Make the Buttercream
- In a bowl add the icing sugar, butter and vanilla extract and mix until it is combined. If you find the buttercream is too thick add 1tbsp of milk and mix again. Repeat until the buttercream is the perfect consistency.
- Split the buttercream into four bowls. To one bowl add pink food colouring, to the second add purple food colouring and to the third add yellow food colouring. I would recommend adding a small amount at a time and mixing then adding more if you feel it needs it.
- Add the buttercream to four separate piping bag and pipe onto the top of the cupcakes.
- Add 50g of white chocolate to two separate bowls and melt in the microwave in 20-second bursts until they are completely melted and smooth.
- Put one of the bowls of white chocolate into a piping bag and leave to one side.
- To the second bowl of white chocolate add a small amount of pink food colouring and mix. Repeat until you reach the desired colour. Add this to a piping bag.
- Drizzle the white chocolate over the top of your pink and purple cupcakes.
- Drizzle the pink chocolate over the top of the yellow and white cupcakes.
- Finish with a party ring.
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