A very happy birthday to Prince William and Duchess Kate's son Prince George who turns seven on 22 July! We bet the royal family are throwing their eldest child a fantastic party at home to celebrate.
Children's cookery author Annabel Karmel has come up with the cutest recipe for chocolate football cupcakes for a kids' birthday party – and we're sure Prince George would love it.
Whether the royal is having a Zoom birthday with pals or a few friends round for a distanced do, these cakes are the perfect treat.
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Chocolate football cupcakes
Annabel says: "Challenge the birthday boy or girl to a match and then kick-off a birthday to remember with these fun football-inspired cupcakes!"
Preparation time 45 minutes, cooking time 20 minutes, makes 12 football cupcakes
- 125g unsalted butter, softened
- 125g caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 100g self-raising flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 25g cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp milk
For the buttercream
- 100g unsalted butter, softened
- 150g icing sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- A little green food colouring
For the football toppers
- White fondant icing
- Black fondant icing
Line a 12-hole muffin tin with cupcake cases.
Preheat the oven to 160°C/325°F/Gas 3.
Measure the butter, sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and milk into a bowl. Whisk until light and fluffy.
Spoon into the paper cupcake cases.
Bake for 20 minutes until well risen. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
To make the buttercream:
Measure the butter, icing sugar and vanilla extract into a bowl. Beat until fluffy. Stir through a couple of drops of green food colouring.
Spread over the cooled cupcakes.
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To make the football toppers:
Roll 10 little balls from the white fondant and 6 little balls from the black fondant.
Put one black ball in the centre of a board. Stick 5 white balls around the black ball. Put one of the remaining white balls at the top of the 5 white balls to make a star shape. Then put the remaining black balls in between the gaps of the white balls. Squash them together so that there are no gaps.
Cover with cling film.
Roll out lightly using a rolling pin to flatten together to make a football pattern. Stamp out a circle using a round cookie cutter (the same size of the cupcakes) to make your football topper.
Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make another 11 toppers. Place these on top of the cupcakes.
Annabel’s Baby & Toddler Recipe App has over 350 family recipe ideas as well a host of features for creating delicious mealtimes. Available via the app store or visit annabelkarmel.com for more information.