As you might remember, Cass from Diary of a Frugal Family is on a mission to get kids across the country cooking! She shares the same sentiment as me – no child is too young to cook!
This week she wants us to make cupcakes – what’s not to love about a cupcake? You can top them with whatever you like, leave them plain or cut in half and slather with cream and jam. The thing is, Cass wants us to go wild and the winner will be selected for the eye candy on their toppings.
Sugar free frosting
Unfortunately for us, this is a bit of a problem! Little Miss Green cannot eat refined sugar and I won’t give her artificial flavourings and colourings, so that limits my choice for funky toppings – alas there will be no shiny balls or glitter at Chez Green, but I did my best because icing is something I’ve never managed yet to make without sugar…
Cass shared her nana’s recipe as follows:
100g sugar (we used 70gms fructose)
100g self raising flour
Cream together butter and sugar until pale and creamy
Beat in 2 eggs until completely mixed in
Fold in 100g self raising flour until all 4 ingredients are combined
Spoon into cupcake cases and bake at 180 c for about 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
Sugar free baking
So onto the sugar free toppings. What I thought was going to be an impossible challenge became a total success and I’ve finally succeeded in making sugar free frosting. Yay!
I have to admit to being just a tiny bit proud of my achievements! Sugar free icing has been something Little miss green has asked for a LOT and I’ve never really bothered after my first attempt, a few years ago, went horribly wrong. I thought I could grind fructose to make icing sugar, but take it from me – you can’t. What I ended up with was something that was, well wet! The icing never set and it was a total disaster that just slid around the kitchen, looked awful and tasted as bad as it looked.
Anyway, that is now history and get ready to be amazed at my culinary efforts this week!
Sugar Free Frosting #1
This one was the clear winner and the favourite of everyone:
Double cream, whipped
Mix in Cream Cheese
Top with a pink sugar free marshmallow (yep, they exist!) and they look and taste fantastic.
Sugar free frosting #2
This one was more an adult taste. I only had blackcurrant jam but I think strawberry would be perfect and kids would like it too.
Mix together cream cheese and sugar free jam. Not only do you get a great taste, but you get pretty colours without the artificial colourings too. Top with white marshmallows 😀
Sugar free frosting #3
White chocolate icing
Melt some white sugar free chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water with some double cream and a tiny amount of butter. Spread on the cupcakes and top with finely grated dark chocolate.
Sugar free icing #4
Dark chocolate icing
This was a chocolate flavour frosting made by mixing together cream cheese, cocoa powder and agave syrup. I topped with a small amount of the white chocolate icing.
All in all a great success and thanks to Cass for the inspiration and motivation to finally get this sorted!