Arrr Me Hearties! It’s time to hoist the Jolly Roger and celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day with these super swashbuckling pirate-topped cup cakes.
What you need:
Deep muffin pan with 12 Twinsaver cupcake cases
Circle cookie cutters: 58mm for the faces, 38mm for the bandana ties, 10mm for the eyes, 15mm for the patch
Balling tool or the end of a teaspoon
For the toppers:
80g modelling paste
50g white ready-to-roll fondant
60g red fondant
40g black fondant
Black sugar pearls for the eyes
Small gold sugar pearl for the earrings
Orange food colour
White confetti sprinkles from a mixed colour pot.
For the face: Mix 80g of modelling paste with 40g of white fondant with a very small bit of orange food colour and knead well until the colour is even.
Roll and cut 12x 58mm circles, adding the smiles with a smaller cookie cutter or knife as you go. These will dry quite quickly on a drying sponge or greaseproof paper.
To make the stripy bandana: roll and cut thin strips of red fondant. Roll the white fondant and do the same. Alternate the strips at the top of the head trimming at the edges and stick down with a brush of water. To make the ties, cut a 38mm circle and the cut 2 petal type shapes from the edge. Stick two ends together with a brush of water and then stick to the back of the head.
To make the plain bandana: Roll the red fondant and cut a 1cm strip. Lay across the top of the head and trim at the edges. To make the ties, cut a 38mm circle and the cut 2 petal type shapes from the edge. Stick two ends together with a brush of water and then stick to the back of the head.
To make the dotty bandana: Roll the red fondant and cut a 58mm circle. Then, using the same cutter, cut the bottom half of the circle away so you are left with the top. Stick the top on the head with a brush of water. To make the ties, cut a 38mm circle and the cut 2 petal type shapes from the edge. Stick two ends together with a brush of water and then stick to the back of the head. For the white dots, use white confetti sprinkle from a mixed coloured pot and stick them down with a brush of water. If you don’t have these, just roll tiny balls of white fondant and stick them on in the same way.
Noses: Roll small balls of the leftover skin tone fondant and stick with a brush of water in the centre of the face.
Eyes: Roll out the remaining 10g of white fondant and cut 24 10mm circles, sticking a black pearl in the middle for the pupils. It sometimes looks great to make the pupils look wonky too. The eyes don’t have to be circular, cut the tops off for a more sinister look.
Ears: Roll small balls of the skin-tone fondant and stick them to the side of the head with a balling tool, this give you the hole in the centre. If you don’t have a balling tool, the end of a teaspoon works well. Use the gold pearls for earrings by pushing them in with a cocktail stick.
Tooth: Cut a tiny rectangle of white fondant and stick it onto the mouth with a brush of water.
Sideburns: Roll the black fondant and cut into 2 small strips. Mark the strip with a cocktail stick and stick onto the side of the face with a bush of water. You can also stick a tiny ball of black fondant in the middle of the chin too.
Moustache: Use a small petal cutter for the moustache but if you don’t have one, roll 2 small sausage shapes and squash one end with the tip of your finger. Mark with a cocktail stick, then glue them under the nose with a brush of water. Glue a tiny triangle in the centre of the chin.
Eye patch: To make the eye patch, roll long thin sausages for the elastic, stick across one eye and trim at the edges of the cupcake. Cut a 15mm circle, trim the top off and stick over the eye with the elastic sticking the to the top of the patch.
Once the toppers are finished leave to dry for a few hours (the longer the better).
(You can also keep things simple by topping each cake with icing and a gold-foiled chocolate coin, and soft fruit gums/ Jelly Tots for that buried loot look.)
For the buttercream:
250g unsalted butter, room temperature
300g of icing sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
Add all the ingredients into a large bowl and beat until smooth this takes about 8 minutes with an electric hand whisk.
Spread a thin layer on top of the cooled cakes and carefully place a pirate face on top.
For the cakes:
Follow your own cupcake recipe or use the ingredients and method below