Saturday, April 21, 2012

Special Cupcakes Anyone?

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If you read my previous post you properly know what are these. Manage to get fondant? After hands on now here come my edible Angry Birds characters! Do scroll down and see what I have made.

3D characters

My 7 years old son is holding the red bird.
Did you guess correctly? Now is time to show you what is inside my cupcakes.

This poor blue bird is too week to survive…. Being thrown…

It ends up like this… :P

These special cupcakes are actually steamed mantou with Angry Birds character on it. Yes the topping is made from coloured steamed bun dough. Do find out how I transfer this dark brown sugar mantou into cupcakes.

Dark brown sugar mantou/ Straight dough method
Adapted and slightly modified from 阿芳的3杯面粉
(A) Sugar syrup
¾ cup muscovado sugar (
¾ cup water

(B) Mantou
1 ½ tsp instant yeast
2 tbsp water
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup low protein flour
1 tsp baking powder
¾ cup sugar syrup from (A)
(C) Coloured dough for Birds
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup low protein flour
¼ tsp instant yeast
¼ tsp baking powder
2 tbsp castor sugar
110-120ml water
Food colouring : red,blue,green,yellow

(A) Sugar Syrup
Mix together the sugar and water in a pot. Bring to boil and cook till the sugar melt. Leave to cool. Sieve to remove any impurity.
(B) Mantou
1. Add in yeast and 2 tablespoons of water into mixing bowl. Stir to mix and leave to rest about 5 minutes.

2. In a same bowl add in the rest of ingredients from (B). Knead till all form into smooth dough. Cover and leave to rest about 45 minutes.
3. While waiting for the dough to prove prepare the coloured dough. Divide into 4 portions. These will be red, blue, green and yellow. Do reserve small portion of white for eyes. As for the brown keep some from the main dough (brown sugar mantou). Shape the characters and keep into fridge till needed.

3D characters

4. Once the proving time over, divide the main dough into 2 portions. Transfer a portion onto working surface. Roll into rectangle shape. Brush the surface with some water and roll into swiss roll shape.
5. Cut into 7-8 pieces and place on greased tart mould or muffin cup. Leave to rest for 15-20 minutes. Repeat the same for the other portion.
6. Just before steam the mantou, place the coloured Angry Bird character on top.
7. Start steaming from cold water with medium heat. Once the water boiled, steam further 8 minutes.
8. Once the steaming time is over, off the heat. Leave the mantou inside the steamer for few minutes before open the lid.

This month Very Good Recipes theme is April Fool challenge. We have to prepare a dish that looks like something, but is made of something else entirely.

I'm not sure whether my cupcakes meet the expectation or not. Anywhere let the judgers decide! I will submit this post to Very Good Recipes for April Fool challenge. Do make something and have fun!


  1. This is indeed a very good recipe!!! So cute and full of surprise!! Love it!! (:

  2. this is so awesome.
    It is indeed very special..Do did a great job..^^

  3. I am sure the kids will love these cupcakes. Very cute and brightly colored.

  4. Hi,i am a silent reader who visits yr blog regularly, and hv tried some of yr recipes. Thank you for sharing your STep by Step how to do recipes. Keep up the good work..thank you once again for sharing.

    Nice, cute mantou...very creative.

    Adeline Ho..s'pore

  5. I didn't know that they were mantou, thought some fondant or icing. You're very creative! They look too cute to be eaten!

  6. Hi! they are too cute and beautiful to be eaten. Sayang!!!!. Send me some. lol.

  7. These cupcakes are very beautiful,they are perfect for children's parties!!!! kiss


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