Colourful campervans headed for the beach are a symbol of the British summertime, and our cupcake queen Victoria Threader has made some brilliant campervan cupcakes to enjoy at the seaside, or indoors with a cuppa.
- 1 batch of 12 basic cupcakes
- 1 batch of basic meringue buttercream
- 130g white modelling paste
- Food colour pastes in red, yellow, blue, green, tangerine, black and silver (Victoria used Sugarflair’s Christmas Red, Egg Yellow, Sky Blue, Party Green, Tangerine/Apricot, Black Extra and Silver).
- Gin or vodka
The campervan toppers need to dry overnight (the outlines) and a further 3 hours the next day for the painting to dry, so make sure you leave yourself enough time.
Roll the white modelling paste out to 2mm thick and cut 12 x scalloped circles, leaving them to dry on a drying sponge.
Stick your clear stamp to the stamping block. Using a lined stamping block helps get the stamps straight.
Use a large clean sponge (it doesn’t have to be as big as in the picture, just big enough for the stamp and only used for cake decorating). Spread the black food colour onto the sponge with a knife.
Gently press the stamp onto the food colour on the sponge making sure the whole stamp is covered. Make sure it’s clean around the edge of the stamp or it will mark the paste.
Evenly stamp the paste by applying equal pressure onto the paste and dabbing it onto the sponge between stamps. Leave the toppers in a card cake box or under a cake cover overnight to dry. Don’t be tempted to put them in an airtight box as they will go soggy.
To paint the toppers, put a dot of colour into the palette and add some gin or vodka. The colours can be quite watery, but when you paint just dab the brush on a piece of kitchen towel before you start painting. Use some gin/vodka to rinse your brush between colours too.
Start with the sand and if the colour is too much, rinse the brush and brush over the darker section again. Victoria used the spare modelling paste to dab and practise on.
To give the windows a hint of colour, wet the brush in the alcohol and dry it quite well on some kitchen towel. Brush really lightly from the black outline into the centre, not too much though.
You can personalise the number plate with a black edible colouring pen.
To ice the cupcakes, add your buttercream to a piping bag with a Wilton 6B (or similar open star nozzle) added.
Stand the piping bag in a tall glass so you have both hands free to fill the piping bag.
To ice this swirl, start in the centre piping out towards the paper case, follow around the edge of the paper and then work your way back onto the middle finishing in the centre by pushing down slightly and then pulling up quickly. They don’t have to be perfect as the topper will cover up any mistakes.