Marshmallow Cupcakes

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Anything marshmallow is a popular favourite at our house. I love the idea of these marshmallow topped cupcakes by Taste.  The pink fluffy marshmallow covering some raspberry jam makes them a special treat and perfect for an afternoon tea or birthday party.

Ingredients

  • 125g butter
  • 140g (2/3 cup) caster sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • 2 eggs
  • 150g (1 cup) self-raising flour, sifted
  • 50g (1/3 cup) plain flour, sifted
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) milk
  • 105g (1/3 cup) raspberry jam
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) water
  • 5 teaspoons gelatine powder
  • 140g (2/3 cup) caster sugar, extra
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) liquid glucose
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence, extra
  • 1-2 drops of pink food colouring
  • 1-2 tablespoons desiccated coconut

Method

Preheat oven to 180ºC. Line ten 80ml (1/3-cup) capacity muffin pans with paper cases. Use an electric beater to beat the butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Beat in vanilla. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.

Transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Use a large metal spoon to fold in the combined flour and milk, in alternating batches, until just smooth. Divide among prepared pans. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden. Set aside to cool completely.

Cut a small hole in the top of each cake. Fill with a spoonful of jam.

Meanwhile, stir the water and gelatine in a saucepan over low heat until gelatine dissolves. Add the extra sugar. Stir for 3-5 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Stir in the glucose. Set aside to cool slightly. Transfer to a bowl. Use an electric beater to beat for 5-10 minutes or until soft peaks form. Beat in the extra vanilla and food colouring.

Spoon marshmallow into a piping bag fitted with a fluted nozzle. Pipe onto the cakes. Sprinkle with coconut. Set aside to set.

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