Vanilla Butterscotch Cupcakes – Quick & Easy Captain America Shield Cake

Vanilla Butterscotch Mini Cupcakes Captain America Shield Cake
Happy birthday to my super hero xxx

It’s my husband’s birthday today, yay! Like always his birthday cake is not exactly for him (( though he nibbles, he isn’t really a cake eater)), but for sharing with his friends and colleagues. This time he asked me to make something quick and easy that would be simple to share. So I decided to make a cake from cupcakes – mini cupcakes to be more exact! Simple and fun design? Well, since we are both Marvel fans, it had to be the shield of Captain America himself 😀 .  After all there’s a little boy in every man and who wouldn’t want a super hero cake? This could also be a fun little baking project for the 4th of July! Vanilla Butterscotch Mini Cupcakes Captain America Shield Cake

This was a result of a very quick piping that left rough unfinished texture. For a smoother result you may want to slightly reduce the sugar content in the buttercream and use a spatula for carefully spreading the icing. You can also use different piping tips and methods to achieve different textures.

The amount of remaining cupcakes depends on the size of the cake plate that you use for the shield, however there should be enough of the buttercream left to decorate the remaining cupcakes.
Vanilla Butterscotch Cupcakes

The same colours used in the shield make wonderful multicolour combinations when simply combined in one piping bag and allowed to blend while piping. Flower and star piping nozzles make pretty textures for cupcake icing, I’ve used here a wilton 129 drop flower decorating tip.

One last note before we get to the recipe and it’s about butterscotch chips! For me this was the first time ever using the delicious Hershey’s Chipits butterscotch chips and for that I owe to my fellow baker, my lovely friend Courtney, who unfortunately recently left the country leaving her amazing baking supplies with me. Thanks to Courtney I will be trying more new flavour combinations in the coming weeks. I hope it will result in some nice recipes to share with you, so stay tuned! 🙂

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Vanilla Butterscotch Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream frosting. An easy Captain America shield cake from mini cupcakes and regular mini cupcakes with multicolour frosting.
Servings Prep Time
72mini cupcakes 50minutes
Cook Time
20minutes
Servings Prep Time
72mini cupcakes 50minutes
Cook Time
20minutes
Vanilla Butterscotch Cupcakes
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Vanilla Butterscotch Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream frosting. An easy Captain America shield cake from mini cupcakes and regular mini cupcakes with multicolour frosting.
Servings Prep Time
72mini cupcakes 50minutes
Cook Time
20minutes
Servings Prep Time
72mini cupcakes 50minutes
Cook Time
20minutes
Ingredients
  • Vanilla Butterscotch Cupcakes
  • 120 grams unsalted butter softened
  • 230 grams sugar
  • 2 eggs large or 3 medium eggs
  • 275 grams plain flour sifted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 150 mililiters milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 150 grams butterscotch chips
  • Vanilla Buttercream
  • 160 grams unsalted butter softened
  • 700 grams powdered sugar icing sugar
  • 90 mililiters milk at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon blue food colouring gel
  • 1/2 teaspoon red food colouring gel
Servings: mini cupcakes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 160ºC (320ºF) and line 3x 24 hole mini cupcake tin with cupcake cases.
  2. Place softened butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and start beating on medium speed.
  3. Add eggs one at time continuing beating on medium speed.
  4. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder and baking soda.
  5. in a jug or a cup combine milk and vanilla extract.
  6. Add flour mixture and the flavoured milk into the main mixture in two additions and mix until smooth.
  7. Remove from mixer and add butterscotch chips folding in by using a spatula.
  8. Spoon or pipe the batter into cupcake cases filling 2/3 full.
  9. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Wait a minute and lift on a wire rack and allow to cool completely.
  10. Prepare buttercream in mixer starting by mixing half of the icing sugar with softened butter, milk and vanilla extract. Then continue to add the remaining sugar gradually and mix until smooth.
  11. Divide the buttercream into three different bowls and dye one with red food colouring and one with blue food colouring.
  12. Place in piping bags fitted with your desired piping tips for each colour. I've used petal piping tips for the shield and wilton 129 drop flower decoration tip for the remaining cupcakes in which I've used the colours mixed in one piping bag.
  13. For the shield cake, arrange cupcakes on a round cake stand or holder, fitting as close to each other as possible.
  14. You can either start by piping white star in middle, or place a star shaped silicone mould or paper silhouette in the middle.
  15. Then pipe a blue circle around the star.
  16. Continue to pipe the remaining icing working towards the edges, red after blue, then white wider circle and again red. Depending on your piping method you may pipe more than one layer to ensure there's enough frosting for each cupcake.
  17. For the remaining cupcakes you can mix the colours in one piping bag for multicolour icing. The simplest way is to pipe the colours into white icing in small bathes and allow it to mix while piped.
  18. Serve and enjoy!!

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