"They were really yummy cakes and I got a great mark for my project!"
How I did it: * I made a normal cupcake mix but added orange essence and then mixed some colourings until the batter turned a delightful grey colour. I popped them in the oven then took them out to cool when baked all the way through.
* You could just do this as soon as the cakes are cool, but as it was late night baking for me, I waited until the next day. I used a knife to cut little circles out of the middle of each cake like you would if making butterfly cakes, but filled the middle with a teaspoon of lemon curd before putting the cake'lid' back on top to make a flat surface.
* Next I made some cream cheese frosting which I spread over the top of each cake before decorating with crunchy pink sparkles.
* The cakes were delicious and went down a treat with my biology class and teacher!
Lessons & tips: * Do make sure the butter for the cream cheese frosting is really warmed up before creaming with the cream cheese, as due to my house being ridiculously cold (It was snowing outside) despite beating the butter for about 10 minutes and pooping it in the microwave on low for 6 seconds, it was still too cold and didn't combine properly, leaving me with some little flecks of butter in the frosting. This didn't affect the flavour (it was still utterly delicious) but it meant the frosting wasn't as smooth as i'd have liked it to be.
Resources: * One of my favourite baking blogs: http://www.thepinkwhisk.co.uk/2012/05/perfect-cream-cheese-frosting.html