I’m a big kid at heart and I love animated movies, Christmas and of course baked goods. I jumped up and down with joy when I was invited to the premier of Rise of the Guardians in Leicester Square! As soon as I saw the movie I was instantly in the Christmas spirit. It was an exciting evening. Leicester Square was transformed into a winter wonderland and I got to walk on the ice blue carpet. I even got to see Chris Pine and Isla Fisher in the flesh!
The movie is based on William Joyce’s bestselling Guardians of Childhood book series . The immortal guardians of the world must join forces and protect the hopes and dreams of all the children in the world from the evil Boogeyman, Pitch. The guardians North (Santa), Tooth (tooth fairy) and Bunny (Easter bunny) recruit Jack (Jack Frost) to help stop Pitch.
I love the movie! I’m a huge fan of computer animated movies (especially 3D ones) and I thought the take on the traditional characters was original. Santa was my favorite character in the film. I loved that he was a tough tattooed Russian Santa. Pitch, the Boogeyman, was definitely scary and I definietly gasped out loud at one pivotal scene (I won’t spoil it and say which one)!
My cupcake is inspired by Jack Frost, his icy powers and a climactic scene at the end of the movie. I made a light vanilla cupcake, topped with a white and blue swirled buttercream to represent snow and ice. The blue spinning sugar decoration for the top symbolizes the icy slide all the characters ride at the end of the movie. I did my best fondant sculpting (don’t laugh) of the adorable elves in the movie. They nearly steal the show from
Chris Pine Jack Frost.
There’s a special secret filling in the middle of the cupcake. In the movie North asks Jack what his “center” is and he spends most of the movie trying to figure out who he is and where he came from. I filled the cupcake with what I think symbolizes me, something whimsical. Fill your cupcake with what best symbolizes you.
Find step by step spinning sugar photos from Serious Eats. The only deviation I made from these instructions is adding a drop of blue gel color with the water in the saucepan.
195g unsalted butter, at room temperature
195g caster sugar
3 large eggs
195g plain flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
195g plain yogurt
125g marshmallow fluff (you can buy this in most supermarkets)
50g unsalted butter, at room temperature
150g icing sugar
1 tsp milk
pink gel color
250g unsalted butter, at room temperature
700g icing sugar, sifted
1-2 tsp milk
2 tsp vanilla (or a few drops of peppermint flavor would be nice)
blue gel color
- Preheat the oven to 180 C and line a muffin tray with paper wrappers. In a medium sized bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl cream the butter for 2-3 minutes. Add in the sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs one at time, beating after each addition. Add in the vanilla.
- Add in the yogurt and flour in alternating batches starting and ending with the flour. Fill each case two thirds full and bake for 22-25 minutes until golden brown and the tops spring back when touched.
- While the cupcakes cool make the filling. In the bowl of an electric mixer beat the marshmallow fluff and butter together. Add in the powdered sugar and milk and beat until fluffy.
- Make the frosting. Beat the butter until light and creamy. Add in the sifted sugar in batches beating on medium high speed until fluffy. Add in the vanilla. Add milk as necessary to keep it smooth. Spoon half of the frosting into another bowl and add a drop of blue color. When filling the piping bag use a spatula to push the colors into different sides.
- Cut a cone shape in the center of each cupcake and spoon in the filling. Top with a swirl of buttercream.
- Spin the sugar shortly before serving the cupcakes. The sugar does not keep for long.
Cupcakes, frosting and filling recipe an American Cupcake in London original.
If you decide to attempt spinning sugar please please please be careful. The sugar is extremely hot and sticks immediately to any fingers (I know, I burned one of mine in the process).
Rise of The Guardians is out November 30th. I was invited to see Rise of The Guardians by Paramount UK