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Monday, June 28, 2010

Black Sheep Birthday Cupcakes

Michelle came up with a fun birthday idea - sheep! Why? Well, because Brenda is the founder of Black Sheep Farm! So let's make a cute little sheep pen on the birthday cupcake!

Vanilla buttercream with red velvet cupcakes. I know, traditionally red velvet goes with cream cheese frosting, but it has been so hot here, I was afraid it wouldn't keep. Plus, vanilla buttercream is just as yummy!

Red Velvet Cupcakes
Recipe adapted from the Whimsical Bakehouse
(Makes about 28 cupcakes)

2 sticks of unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups of sugar
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons of red food colouring
2 1/2 cups of cake flour
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 cup of buttermilk
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 teaspoon of vinegar
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) and have all ingredients at room temperature. Also have your cupcake liners and pans ready.
  2. Using your stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until combined.
  3. Add the 2 eggs and mix. Add in the red food coloring and mix well.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift the cake flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together.
  5. In your measuring cup, pour in the buttermilk, vanilla, and vinegar.
  6. Alternatively pour the cake flour mixture and buttermilk mixture into the butter mixture.
  7. Using your handy ice-cream scoop, evenly divide the batter into your cupcake liners.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until your cake tester comes out clean. Let the cupcakes cool before mixing.

Carefully measure out your dry ingredients and sift!

Use a handy-dandy ice cream scoop to evenly divide your batter!

Quite pretty in pink, but don't worry!

The cupcakes will turn out red!

Pipe your favourite frosting on the cupcake!

A sheep pen for Brenda! Happy... baahhday! (Sorry, I couldn't resist!)

Baaahh baaahh black sheep! Howard thinks my sheep look like blackberries. I guess that makes me the farmer of blackberry sheeps. =)


  1. Brilliant! I think your black sheep are utterly adorable, what a brilliant set x

  2. faithy, the baker - Thank you!!!

    How To Be Perfect - Thanks! I'm glad you like the sheep pen! =)

  3. These looks great!! I love red velvet cupcakes. I'm actually going to make some this week. I love the sheeps!! haha
    Would you mind checking out my blog? :D

  4. Goodness - soooo cute!

  5. baa! what an adorable creation--many kudos to you! :)

  6. wow the cupcakes are great! this may be a silly question but what king of baking cups do you use are those the same as the little nut cups? I love to try those one time I just don't want to buy the wrong ones and have then melt when baking. :)

  7. ajcabuang04 - Nice red velvet cupcakes on your blog! You've got great lighting for your photos too!

    silvanausa; Alicia (The Red Deer); Jessiker; grace; Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes]; steph - Thank you! =)

    Anonymous - Hi, yup the baking cups are similar to the little nut ones. As long as the cups are made from paper, it shouldn't melt. Make sure there isn't a plastic or wax coating inside the cup! You can find out more in our FAQs section: http://www.abakedcreation.com/2008/08/faqs.html

  8. OMG the cuteness! I'm brand new to cupcake decorating, so my question may seem completely nuts, but how did you make the black part of the sheep? Is there black food coloring that just isn't carried in the Albuquerque grocery stores or is this some baking secret I've yet to discover? :p

  9. Hi LambAround,

    The black part of the sheep was made with black-coloured fondant. I rolled a fondant ball about the size of a dime and then rolled tinier fondant balls to cover it. Hopefully a shop in Albuquerque sells black fondant, if not, you could probably order it online. =)