Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Where is the Green Sheep?


When my son and I bought a package of mini marshmallows from Coles, I recall seeing a Junior Masterchef contestant, Miraede making her sheep cupcakes with mini marshmallows and thought of baking Donna Hay's basic cupcakes with this pack of marshmallows.

Then, my imagination went crazy... At first, I was thinking of St Patrick's Day and wanted to make the green sheep cupcakes. Then, this idea reminds me of the baby book, "Where is the Green Sheep?"...

I always remember the happy moments that my son and I had when we were reading "Where is the Green Sheep?". Now that my son is becoming three, this book is not as frequently read as before but we sometimes still re-visit this book with lots of similes, thinking about the sheep that we described a few years back.

We can't stop thinking of the sheep in the book while eating these cupcakes. As we were browsing through the book again, I saw these three sheep that are eating and chatting about their cakes and immediately, I said "Hey! That's mummy, Lena and Joyce!" My son was a little bit confused seeing me so excited over this picture.

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Where is the Green Sheep?
A basic cupcake recipe from the book, Donna Hay (Modern Classic Book 2) 
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This cupcake is so innocent-looking.
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The green sheep and pink sheep found each other...
This is how we enjoy reading this baby book...

Here are the recipes that I used to make and assemble these cupcakes.
(with my modification and notes in blue) 

Cupcakes from the book, Donna Hay (Modern Classic Book 2)   

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125g unsalted butter, softened
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups plain (all purpose) flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2/3 cup caster sugar
1/4 cup (60 ml) milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 180°C (or 160°C fan forced). Place the butter, eggs, flour, baking powder, sugar, milk and vanilla in a bowl of an electric mixer and beat for 4 min or until smooth and a pale creamy colour.

Line 12 x 1/2 cup capacity patty tin with a deep paper patty cases. Spoon in the mixture to 3/4 full. Bake for about 18- 20 min (I bake mine for 18 min) or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Cool on wire racks.

White Chocolate Ganache from Taste.com.au

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2 x 180g pkts good-quality white cooking chocolate, chopped
125ml (1/2 cup) thickened cream

Place the chocolate and cream in a medium heatproof bowl over a medium saucepan half-filled with simmering water (make sure the bowl doesn't touch the water). 

Use a metal spoon to stir occasionally until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth. Place in the fridge for 1 1/2 hours (I didn't place mine in the fridge but allow the mixture to cool for about 1hr at room temperature), stirring occasionally, or until ganache is spreadable.

Note: This amount is too much to ice 12 cupcakes. I made my ganache with half of the amount and have 3-4 tbsp of excess after icing my cupcakes.

To make each sheep's head:



Using the black colour fondant, roll a piece into a slightly elongated ball which is about 2-2.5 cm wide and this is the head of the sheep. Roll two small pieces into short rods of 0.5 cm length and 0.3 cm wide and they will be the sheep's ears.

Using the white colour fondant, roll two small balls (sheep's eyes) which about 2 mm wide and place both eyes on the sheep's face using your fingers to attach and slightly flatten both balls onto the face.

Using the black colour fondant, pinch two very small piece (pupils of the eyes) and place them gently on top of the white part of both eyes.

Lastly, use a toothpick to poke two holes with a slight angle at the bottom of each face to shape the nostrils of a sheep.

Allow the fondant to set by allow it to air-dry in room temperature (without any cover) and the head will be firm enough to handle.

To assemble the cupcake:



Spread about 2 tbsp of white chocolate ganache onto each cupcake. Press mini marshmallows into the ganache leaving a space on one edge for the sheep's head. Gently attach the sheep's head onto the cupcake. Serve!

Happy Baking

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63 comments:

  1. Your sheep cupcakes are just darling! Their faces are so sweet! LOVE them:)

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  2. Oh Zoe !!! These looks MARVELOUS !!!! I just love that innocent and adorable looking sheep ! I don't know if you've seen Martha Stewart's flock of sheep cupcakes ( in her book , Cupcakes )but yours are way BETTER than hers ! Sorry Missus Stewart hee hee

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  3. I love these; you kids are lucky to have such a talented creative mom.
    Rita

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  4. Your photos & over-all blog lay-out is always stunning!

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  5. These cupcakes are absolutely adorable! And delicious too, no doubt!! ;)

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  6. this is so cute!! your son will be happy to see it!

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  7. These look baaaaaeautiful! What a cute way to decorate.

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  8. Very creative and the cupcakes look very cute and yummy! Really suitable for both adults and kids ^^

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  9. Your cupcakes looks so cute and adorable! So creative, your son is lucky to have such a talented mommy! The three mama sheeps definitely fits us well! I laughed my heads off, so cute and so perfectly describes what we love to do, bake and eat! Maybe the three of us could do this one day! Wait till Lena sees this! :) I can imagine your son's puzzled look, "since when does mommy has two sheepy friends?".... LOL!!
    And thank you for mentioning THB, most happy to have you as a member! I'm really looking forward to our first bake!

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  10. Soooooooooo cute. You are really creative.

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  11. Oh my goodness Zoe, these cupcakes look so so so cute & PRO too. Kudos!
    Hope you're enjoying your day, dear.
    Kristy

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  12. Wow! These sheep cupcakes are so adorable! Ya, Anne was right about your sheep cupcakes are more stuning than Martha's! Well done! :)

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  13. So cute...love how you used the different color marshmallows.

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  14. Zoe, I've posted my recipe. Once again want to thank you for spending so much of time organising this! You are amazing!

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  15. What a fun cup cake--my kids would love these.

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  16. Oh my goodness!!! These have got to be the cutest and most adorable looking cupcakes I've seen for a long while! I wouldn't have the heart to eat those heads .. they remind me too much of Shaun the Sheep! He's so lovable!!!

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  17. They are fantastic!So cute!xxx

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  18. They are brilliant and look so adorable. I'll have to try those because I've got lots of black sugarpaste left over from Valentines Day. P.S. I love your photography. Do you take them yourself? xx

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  19. These are just too adorable! Innocent looking Ba Ba!

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  20. so pretty and so cute! although the sheeps look like they are all the same, i can see they have their own expressions..it's the eyes you made i think..very clever! haha! we the 3 sheeps?? okay..maybe that's better than the 3 little pigs!! LOL!

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  21. Love the cupcakes, absolutely adorable! Perfect to go with such a cute book.

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  22. Simply gorgeous! I wish I could do fondant deco like yours!

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  23. So adorable! My girls saw these pics and love it :) I have my eye on the white chocolate ganache - mmmmm :)

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  24. hey zoe :) cute looking cup cakes , do you know I used to think Donna Hay was a name of a magazine lol

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  25. These cupcakes are so cuteee and delicious too :-)

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  26. Those cupcakes are beyond adorable!!

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  27. Wow, these are so cute! And such a sweet story about you and your son :)

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  28. These are ADORABLE!!!! Love cupcakes that are both cute and delicious :)

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  29. These are absolutely adorable! Such a great idea with mini marshmallows. The pink and green sheep photo made me smile :) they look like mini Shaun the Sheep's from Wallace and Gromit!

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  30. They are so cute! What a great idea!

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  31. Thanks everyone for your participation and wonderful comments. I do agree that these sheep do look a little like Timmy or Shaun the sheep :D

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  32. Pastelitos adorables y exquisitos ,muy bella presentación una exquisitez,abrazos hugs,hugs.

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  33. Zoe, these cuppies are soooooo cute! Love it!

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  34. These cupcakes are adorable! I really need to learn how to work with fondant so I can make these.

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  35. Zoe, if I am your kid, I will defenitely a happy kid, as I have a mum so awesome in her baking.

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  36. wow...the sheep is so cute...
    nice to know you here...i linked you back to my home :)

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  37. These are the cutest sheep ever! And they really look like the ones in the book! My kids would be thrilled if I made these for them...I'm so tempted! I'd love to see a big smile on their faces!

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  38. I can't get my eyes off of your pictures Zoe! The little ships are so unbelievably cute. I am sure my son would adore them even if he is 9 and starts to say that he feels like grown up lol!

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  39. Eileen@Hundred Eighty DegreesMarch 9, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    These cupcakes are lovely! I like the pink sheep the most..

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  40. I love these cupcakes! They are so cute :) I wish I could get colored marshmallows in my country too. I'll definitely try this at least with the white ones. I love sheep. :))

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  41. The cutest thing I've ever seen! Glad to be your newest folower. :)

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  42. Hey, these cupcakes are too cute to be eaten. You're so creative! Yeh, those sheep look so innocent and naive!

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  43. Those little cupcakes are amazing! I may bake them for the tuckshop next time and I'm sure the kids will love them.

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  44. Hi Zoe! These little sheep cupcakes are so adorable. You truly have to put together your own baking recipe book. You are so talented!

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  45. They are sooo cute! You are so talented, Zoe!

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  46. I just loved these! SO so so cute!

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  47. these are so adorable! i have never seen marshmallow sheep cupcakes before! i love it!

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  48. these are the most adorable little sheep I've ever seen - simply gorgeous!
    Mary x

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  49. Ok, so I completely LOVE these cupcakes! They're the cutest I've seen for ages...and I like the idea of finding the green sheep too! A great post
    :-)

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  50. i seriuosly love them. my little boy loves this book too!

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  51. so CUTE!! am sure it brings great fun for you and kids... it's such nice bonding to bake something related to a story you read to him =)

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  52. hahaa... these sooo cute!! Good Job!

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  53. nice space vth tasty dishes...happy 2 visit here....visit my space when u find sum time....
    this muffins looks delicious vth tempting pics.....
    Maha:-)

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  54. Those little sheep are just TOO cute! You're a very good baker!

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  55. Hi,
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful creative cupcake :)
    I tried baking this cupcake today, but my mixture appeared to be more "runny" as compared to yours..could it be due the size of the eggs I use?(i use medium egg) When i cut the cupcake, i noticed the bottom of the cupcake have a thick "wet line". Is this due to too much liquid or any other reasons? Can you provide the flour & sugar conversion into grams? Lastly, after the cupcakes are cooled, the papercup starts to come off by itself, unlike yours..Any idea why is this happening?
    Sorry for asking many questions..I hope that my next attempt on this cupcake will be much better :)
    Best regards,
    Chilliqueen

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  56. Hi Chilliqueen,

    I've used this recipe several times and works well for me all the time. You have to make sure that the butter is well-softened and the mixture is well-combined using an electric mixer. The eggs that I used is 70g each and my conversions are:

    1 cup flour is 150g
    1 cup caster sugar is 220g
    The other ingredients are measured by their volume

    Most importantly, I always use a skewer to test if my cupcake is cooked.

    All the best for your next attempt and I hope this recipe will work for you :D

    Zoe

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  57. Hi Zoe,

    Thanks so much for your reply..
    Looking at your conversion to grams, I guess my conversions(fm internet source) were inaccurate..Total flour used shld be 225gm instead of 192gm. I believed this explains why my batter is more 'runny' compared to yours. Do u weigh yr eggs with or without shell?

    Best regards,
    Chilliqueen

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  58. Hi Chilliqueen,

    I don't weigh my eggs and the package that I bought did say that it is a 70g egg and I reckon this is medium size egg. To me, a small size egg is 60g each and a large one is 80g. There is always variation between eggs even within the same batch and pack of eggs but I reckon these variations are not too much to affect the overall taste and texture. I have read about the age of the eggs does make some differences but there is too much factors to standardize just to make a simple cake...LOL!

    Hope that your future bakes will work for you :D Please feel free to write to me if you need any advice or a "baking" chat.

    Zoe

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  59. Haha. they are amazing. i love the book (well our 2 year old does) and i love the look of those cupcakes.

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