Most tiny things are adorable, don't you agree? Scientists suggest we find miniatures versions of things appealing because they create a sense of control over our environment, or because they activate our parental instincts. Um … okaaay. Whatever the reason, it's hard to resist cute little things. Which brings me to the real topic of this post: mini muffins.
In a previous Tea Party Tidbits blog post, I shared my search for tiny desserts to serve at an upcoming garden tea party. What could be more ideal than mini versions of cupcakes (delightfully called "fairy cakes" in the UK)? The advantages are several:
- They are fun to decorate.
- They look dainty and appealing on a fancy tea plate.
- Best of all, since they are bite-sized, you can feel justified in eating half a dozen different varieties and still have room for ice cream. Win!
Recently I made a batch of mini muffins with Absolutely Almond Pound Cake Mix. I prefer pound cake for cupcakes because they are less crumbly and hold together better than regular cake.
To make mini cupcakes, I simply spooned the Absolutely Almond Pound Cake Mix batter into three, paper-lined 12-count mini muffin tins. I reduced the baking time from 25-30 minutes for regular-sized cupcakes to 16-18 minutes for the mini version.
On Pinterest I had seen mini cupcakes arranged like blossoms in a flower pot, which seemed like it would make an adorable centerpiece for tables at my party. To create the effect, I placed a Styrofoam ball in a clay pot, then stuck toothpicks into the foam. Next I skewered mini cupcakes on the toothpicks in a roughly bouquet-like shape.
I decorated the cupcake bouquet and the remaining mini cupcakes with buttercream icing, using a star decorating tip to make the "roses." Though I'm not a decorator, I think they turned out pretty well!
What are your favorite mini desserts? I'd love suggestions for new goodies for my buffet table!