Happy year of the sheep (goat)! I was also born in the year of the sheep, so I feel like this is a good reason to make these adorable sheep cakes.
I also wanted an excuse to use a dome cake pan that I got from winners (a Canadian discounted store) for frigging $2. SAY WHAT!
This fluffy sheep cake is a vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream, and chocolate to make the face and the antlers. This cake is moist, and full of vanilla flavour, thanks to vanilla extract AND vanilla bean paste. It’s a great recipe. Use it as a base for all your creative baking concoctions!
I also made little baby sheeps with the small cupcake pan. Aren’t they the cutest, all hurdled together?
You can use marshmallows to create the fluffy sheep fur, but if you can use buttercream, why don’t you? Buttercream is the best thing ever. Give me a spoon and I’ll eat it all day long.
Basic Vanilla Cupcake
makes 12 regular sized cupcakes, or 24 mini cupcakes
2 sticks of butter, softened
¾ cup of sugar
¼ cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp vanilla bean paste
1 ½ cup all purpose flour
1 ¼ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line your cupcake pan with liners.
- Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs, milk, vanilla extract, and vanilla paste.
- Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add it to the butter mixture and mix until it just comes together. Be careful not to overmix.
- Fill the cupcake liners until they are ¾ full. Bake for 17-20 min. Check with toothpick to see if it comes out clean.
- Cool in pan for 5 min, and cool completely on a wired rack before frosting them.
to make the fluffy sheep fur, fill the piping bag with plain tip (any size of your choice) and pipe your buttercream on. you can also use mini marshmallows to get a similar presentation.