I was so so excited about this - my very first order from my colleague's sister-in-law. My colleague loves Milo, and her sister-in-law had seen the pictures from the first time
I'd tried the milo cupcakes. She ordered 12, and while I was so happy to have someone want to buy my baking, I was also terribly afraid the whole thing would come out awful :((
In any case, I forged ahead bravely. I adapted the recipe a bit from when I'd made it the first time - I lessened the amount of caster sugar to 100g, and increased the Milo to 200g in order to get a stronger Milo flavour.
My colleague's sis-in-law had wanted some kind of purple theme, so I decided to go with purple frosting - but then it wouldn't be me if there weren't any last-minute disasters.
Guys, this stuff is nasty
. I tasted a bit of this just before I was going to actually frost the cupcakes and nearly fainted. It tastes, basically, like sweet chemicals. There was no way I was going to use this, so I quickly whipped up a simple buttercream which, even though it wasn't purple, wouldn't at least make people gag from the taste of it. I was a bit worried at this point because the only other purple thing I was going to add to the cupcakes were little purple sparkles, but beggars can't be choosers. See what I mean about last-minute disasters? At least now I know never to buy this frosting again.
The smell of the batter while it's being made and while it's baking is awesome
. Just makes your entire house smell like childhood and happiness and cartoons. I added edible gold dust to some Milo that I was going to sprinkle on top of the cupcakes and omg, so pretty! I'm such a sucker for sparkly things.
Oh, and that batter? It was supposed to yield 10-12 cupcakes. I got twenty-five
. /shakes head
The result! I was so immensely proud of myself for this, because the majority of my bakes never ever come out goodlooking. I put a milo nugget
on top, and sprinkled tiny edible gold hearts and purple sparkles over the whole thing and ugh, so pretty. I completely take back what I've said before about cupcakes not needing to be pretty. How could I have been so wrong?
Another picture taken by my friend the next day. First order, done! :D