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Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Red Nose Day Cupcakes 09!

It’s been a busy two days for me since my last post, and I can’t fathom why, you know how it is at times I am sure. I did make sure I had time to squeeze in this little bake to celebrate Red Nose Day 09 with the official day being this Friday.

Red Nose Day, for anyone who is not familiar with this British event, its a day like no other. Fundraising takes part for instance in offices, homes, schools etc across the U.K. Each year sprinkle in a new read nose(s) to wear to boost funds and put it in a mixing pot with favourite celebrities getting up to all kinds of mischief across the nation, then add a fantastic night of comedy on B.B.C. television and here you have Red Nose Day. This event is all in aid of fighting poverty at home and abroad!

Anyone care to lick the runny icing????

These little Red Nose Cupcakes are my own invention. I aimed to make half of the cakes with funny faces for the children and the other half for the adults. Mind you, it must be the child in me because I know which one I reached for and it wasn’t the plain one *giggle*....... The cupcakes are almond flavoured sponge topped with runny icing and half a red glacé cherry. The faces were created by using writing icing tubes found in a local supermarket.

Just look at those cute faces... bawhahahahaha...

To recreate my Red Nose Day Cupcakes here is my recipe.

Red Nose Day Cupcakes

Makes 12 small cupcakes

75g (3 oz) plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
25g (1 oz) ground almonds
100g (4 oz) butter, softened
100g (4 oz) caster sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp almond extract
2 tbsp milk – *you may not require it all*
For The Icing
100g (4 oz) icing sugar, sifted
Approximately 1 tbsp water – *see below in method*
6 red glacé cherries, cut in half
Various coloured writing icing tubes
12 small paper cupcake cases

You will need a 12 small holed muffin tray lined with 12 paper cases.


Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/350°f/Gas mark 4.

Sift the flour and baking powder together and mix in the ground almonds then leave aside for later. Beat the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy in colour and texture. Add a little of the beaten egg at a time and beat in well with each addition. Beat in the almond extract until combined fully into the mixture. Fold through the flour mixture gently with a large spatula or metal spoon until fully incorporated. Add a little of the milk at a time folding through gently until you have a good dropping consistency.

Spoon the mixture with equal amounts into each cupcake case then place into the preheated oven. Bake for 15 - 20minutes until nicely golden on top or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave in the tray to cool for 5 minutes before turning out to cool completely on a wire rack.

To Make The Icing; add the sifted icing sugar to a bowl starting with a few drops of water and mixing through thoroughly adding a little more water until you have a runny icing but thick enough to coat the sponge tops. Take a teaspoon of icing at a time and cover each cupcake top. Place a red glacé cherry in the middle of each iced cake. With the icing tubes make funny faces, cover half as I have and leave half plain or make faces of all the cupcakes. Leave to set a little while before eating.

Lastly, charge consumers for the privilege of eating one of your delicious cupcakes and raise funds for a great cause - Think Red Nose Day!


Rhyleysgranny said...

Rosie i don't know how I lost you but I did. Silly me. I love your new blog. I also love your red nose cup cakes.

Anonymous said...

I just love your Red Nose Day Cupcakes, Rosie! They are so adorable. You did such a great job! :)

Sara said...

I have never heard of red nose day, but those cupcakes sure are adorable!

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

These are so adorable!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Oh, what cute little cupcakes! I love the decorations!



Arfi Binsted said...

what a lovely looking batch of cupcakes, Rosie :)

Maria♥ said...

Oh I LOVE them, they are so cute and perfect for Red Nose Day!


Hornsfan said...

Too cute, I'd never heard of red nose day but think it sounds like a very fun day to be in the UK!

Dani said...

they are just too cute rosie :)

sowmya said...

very cute the way you have decorated them

Happy cook said...

I love your cupcake these look so so cute and i am sure they are delicious too.
Rosie my sister is a huge fan from yourbold, she comes and look what i am cooking in my place and she has noticed that i make bakes from you and yesterday shetold me she has been visitng rosie's blog and she was telling me rosie stopped her blog, i had to tell her that you have a link on thelast post for you new place.

Elyse said...

Oh, Rosie, what a wonderful holiday!! These cupcakes look delicious, and they're just perfect for the occasion. I would totally reach for a funny-face cupcake, as well!! Yum, in fact, I think I might reach for two or three.

Bridgett said...

My goodness, these are just so cute!

n33ma said...

Such brilliant funny face red nose cupcake and all for a good cause!

Deborah said...

I've never heard fo red nose day, but these cupcakes are too cute!!

Maria said...

How adorable are those cupcakes! Red Nose Day sounds fantastic ... and those cupcakes are quite fitting to the occasion.

Anonymous said...

These look so great. I was originally looking for decorating tips but the recipe sounds so nice I'm gonna try it too - instead of being lazy and using packet mix

I'll be selling them on our cake stall to raise money for Comic Relief tomorrow so I'll let you know how they go down

For those who mentioned they'd never heard of Red Nose Day its a telefon thats carried out every couple of years in the UK (officially known as Comic Relief) - its run by comedians and celebrities to raise money for good causes in the UK and third world. The sell red noses (like clowns wear) each year in a different design (you can even get them for your car). Thats why its more commonly known as Red Nose Day.


Anna said...

Hi Rosie,

I am so happy to have discovered your blog and have already bookmarked a couple of your cakes.

Thanks for stopping by Cookie Madness. Let's keep in touch!

Ivy said...

First time I've heard of red nose but your cupcakes are perfect for this day. They look beautiful.

Joanne said...

What a cute little cupcake face! They look yummy too.

sunita said...

Aww, those must be the cutest cupcakes ever!

My kids have to go to school tomorrow in their pyjamas ...funny for money:-)

Coffee and Vanilla said...

What a cute cupcakes! :)
Time passing soooo fast... I just realized today that Easter is veryyyy very soon.

Enjoy your day, Margot

tartasacher said...

Hello Rosie:

Your blog is also very beautiful. Wonderful your cup cakesa and the citrus cream cookies. Thank you for your visits and comments in my blog. You are so lovely. A gret kiss for you

I love baking cup cakes.

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Suuuuper cute cuppies! I wish we had Red Nose Day here in the States! :(

glamah16 said...

Adorable. Great concept. Wish we had that here.

Gloria said...

Dear Rosie , I love them are sooooo cutes and look yummy!! so beauty! xGloria

A_and_N said...

They are adorable!

Ingrid said...

That's a pretty cool "holiday"!
Your cuppycakes are cute. I would have grabbed for one the red nosed ones too. More icing, yum!

Arwen from Hoglet K said...

I love your red noses, they're cute! We have red nose day in Australia too. It's to raise money for sudden infant death syndrome.

Uma said...

ooh, look at those cuties! The cupcakes look adorable Rosie!

Coleen's Recipes said...

What a cheerful web site! I'll be back for sure.

amy said...

Just wanted to drop in a line and let you know of the “Baking Event –Calling all Foodies” hosted by me at the foodie site You are invited to be part of this event that aims to unite bloggers to some great baking this month. The details are all here

Junglefrog said...

Lovely little cupcakes and now I finally know that red nose day is all about...:)

Margaret said...

Mmmm what an excellent idea - and one to pass on too.

Lovely little red nose cupcakes too!

♥Rosie♥ said...

Hi Granny, not to worry sweetie it happens. Pleased you like my new site and I just adore your make-over too on your blog :D
Hi Aka Mom, thank you so kind :D
Hi Sara, thank you and Happy red Nose Day :D
Thank you Jerri, Rosa, Arfi & Maria so kind of you all :D
Hi Hornsfan, it really is a fun day :D
Ahhh thanks Dani :D
Thanks so much sowmya :D
Hi H.C. ahhh isn’t that lovely and great to hear your sister enjoys my blog, thanks for telling her of new blog too :D
Hi Elyse, ahhh thanks sweetie :D
Thank you so much Bridgett so kind :D
Many thanks n33ma you are sweet :D
Hi Debs, thank you so much :D
Thank you so much Maria :D
Hi Elizabeth, I am so pleased to read your comment and so glad to hear you are baking these cupcakes for your cake stall. I look forward to hearing how it all went. :D
Hi Anna, welcome and it’s lovely to *see* you here and of course will be keeping in touch!
Hi Ivy, Thanks sweetie! Red Nose Day it’s a great charity in aid of raising monies for third world countries and at home .. :D
Hi Joanne, ahhhh thank you sweetie :D
Hi sunita, oh how lovely to hear what your kiddies are doing :D
Hi Margot, thank you and oh yes soon be Easter too :D
Hi tartasacher, ahhh you are also lovely too and it’s my pleasure to visit your blog :D
Thanks H.T.E.A.C. , Coco, Gloria, A_and_N thank you all so much :D
Many thanks Ingrid, Arwen, Uma so very kind of you all :D
Hi Coleen, welcome to my little blog and it’s great to *meet* you :D
Hi amy, oh thanks for letting me know about this event- I will look into this :D
Hi Junglefrog, thank you and lovely to *see* you here :D
Hi M, ahhh thank you sweetie :D


Thanks for calling by and always lovely to see you here.
Rosie x

Nicisme said...

These are super Rosie, love those faces!
Happy Red Nose Day!

Snooky doodle said...

how cute :)

Anna said...

Rosie, they're SO cute!!

Cakelaw said...

These are adorable Rosie!!! How did you get the black icing?

Rita said...

Your Red Nose Day Cupcakes are so adorable.

Thks for sharing. It's been a pleasure visiting your blog.

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