Irn Bru Cupcakes
I made these last week for my Boss's 40th Birthday. He is addicted to Irn Bru :-)
Recipe (makes 12)
For the Cakes
240g Plain Flour
200g Caster Sugar
3 tsp Baking Powder
80g Butter (at room temperature)
8tbsp Irn Bru Syrup (Boil a 2l bottle of full sugar Irn Bru in a pan and reduce the volume to a 10th of original)
For the frosting:
400g Icing Sugar
100g Butter (at room temperature)
8-10 tbsp Irn Bru Syrup
Orange Food Colouring (optional)
For the cakes
Pre-heat your oven to 170°c and line your muffin tray with 12 cupcake cases;
Sift the flour, sugar & baking powder into a large bowl. Add the butter and mix on a medium speed until the mixture resembles a sandy consistency;
Gradually add half the milk to the mixture. Whisk the eggs & syrup into the remaining milk and again gradually add to the other ingredients. Mix until only combined - do not over mix;
Using an ice cream scoop, fill your cupcake cases 2/3 full and bake for around 20 minutes until a skewer comes out the cupcakes clean;
When cool enough to touch, transfer to a wire wrack to cool completely.
For the frosting
Sift the icing sugar into a large bowl, add the butter and mix on a slow-medium speed with a clean tea towel over your mixer to prevent your kitchen filling with icing sugar!
When the butter & sugar start to come together, gradually add your Irn Bru syrup a spoonful at a time. Continue to mix until completely combined and of a light & fluffy consistency. If you want a deeper orange colour then you can add a dab of orange food colouring also.
Pipe on to your cupcakes when they're completely cool and sprinkle with a little blue sugar if desired.
I used www.icingpictures.co.uk to get the Irn Bru logo printed on Edible icing sheets;
I cut a blue bendy straw down to size to add as an optional extra.