Purple Cow Cupcakes

Recipe by Katie D.
READY IN: 24hrs 25mins
SERVES: 12-15
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • For the cake, sift dry ingredients (flour, cocoa, baking powder & soda, and salt) into a bowl and set aside.
  • In separate bowl, combine buttermilk, vinegar, and food colouring. Mix thoroughly.
  • In a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer on medium, beat butter and sugar. Once fluffy, add eggs, one at a time.
  • Add the buttermilk mixture and beat well.
  • Finally, on low, add the sifted dry ingredients and mix until just blended.
  • Spoon into muffin cups until they are 2/3 full.
  • Bake at 350 for 20 minutes, then let cool.
  • To make the fondant, put 8 oz marshmallows in microwave safe dish with 1 tsp water and 1 tsp vanilla.
  • Microwave on high for 30 seconds, stir, and continue until marshmallows are melted.
  • Sift 1/2 lb confectioners sugar into mixing stand bowl. Make a well and pour marshmallow mixture into middle. Using paddle attachment, mix until combined. Sift additional 1/2 lb (or less if necessary) confectioners sugar into bowl, add 1 tbsp shortening and change to dough hook when mixture is no longer sticky.
  • Repeat this process for a second batch, adding the purple food colouring to the marshmallow mix *before* adding into the sugar well.
  • Knead both sets of fondant with hands until the right consistency, cover with a thin layer of shortening, wrap in plastic wrap and put in airtight container. Let sit for 30 minutes or more to rest.
  • After fondant has rested, shape cow heads from white fondant.
  • Shape 12 noses into a small ball and use a gum paste modeling tool to create the nostrils.
  • Shape horns and attach to the head using a teaspoon of cornstarch to two teaspoons water. Let set for about 30 minutes.
  • Using a small clump of white (about 1/4 cup), add a few drops of the pink food colour and knead with hands until pink is formed.
  • Roll and cut wide and short obtuse triangles and lay the pink over the purple, then roll to create ears.
  • Using the cornstarch mixture, attach the ears and let set for 30 - 60 minutes.
  • Create small eyes using white fondant and black gum paste and attach with cornstarch mixture.
  • Attach the noses to the heads, and let them rest on a pencil or the modeling tool until set (60 - 90 minutes).
  • At this point, cupcakes should be cool and need to be iced. Mix cream cheese ingredients together with hand mixer. Spread over the top of each cupcake, one at a time.
  • Separate the rest of the white fondant into twelve balls and roll thin, using a pizza cutter to make circular. Lay on top of cream cheese icing and tuck underneath. Repeat for remaining cupcakes.
  • Roll purple fondant and cut cow-spot shapes. Attach with cornstarch mixture.
  • With remaining purple fondant, create cow tails. Roll up small "snakes" and then using the modeling tool, tassel the tails.
  • Attach heads to cow bodies using the cornstarch mixture. Let each cow's head rest on the others' backs for 2-3 hours or until set.
  • Serve with pure, creamy milk. :).
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