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Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Cupcakes

You may already know this about me if you’ve been reading for a while, but I am a geek. So, with the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special airing next Saturday, I wanted to create some fun Doctor Who-themed treats. Fortunately, it was right around the time I was pondering what to make when fellow local blogger and Doctor Who fan Sarah from Dash and a Pinch e-mailed me with an idea for a combined project – she would design and create some awesome fondant cupcake toppers, and I would bake up some tasty Doctor Who-themed cupcakes. Since I don’t have a ton of experience decorating with fondant, I totally loved the idea, and immediately went to work coming up with a cupcake recipe!

In the end, I decided on TARDIS-blue velvet cupcakes, which I adapted from and Heather from Sprinkle Bakes. Then, to make them “bigger on the inside,” I created a jam to fill them with that mimics the filling found in one of the Doctor’s current favorite snacks, Jammie Dodgers. I finished them off with a simple cream cheese icing, because what goes better with velvet cake? I just made sure not to pile the frosting too high, and when Sarah and I got together to do a combined photo shoot of the completed cupcakes, the toppers went on perfectly. We had so much fun – I definitely want to do projects like this more often! For all of you Doctor Who fans out there, I hope you enjoy these – and even if you’re not a fan, I hope you’ll enjoy this twist on traditional red velvet cupcakes. Have a fantastic week!

For the cupcakes:

For the filling: Jammie Dodger Filling Jam

For the cream cheese icing:

Allons-y! First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two cupcake pans with cupcake liners. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add in the eggs, beating well after each addition. In a small bowl, mix together the cocoa powder and food colorings until you have a thick paste. Combine the baking soda and vinegar in another small bowl. Beat the cocoa powder paste into the butter mixture, and then gradually beat the flour mixture into the butter mixture alternately with the milk. Beat in the vanilla, and finally the baking soda mixture as well.

Pour the batter into the cupcake liners and bake 25-28 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of one of the cupcakes comes out clean. Let cool completely before filling and frosting.

To fill the cupcakes, I used a cupcake corer like this one to get the job done quickly, but you can certainly use a knife or a spoon to remove the centers – alternatively, you can use a piping bag with a round decorating tip to inject the filling into the center of the cupcake. I also replaced the cake top circles the corer removed before icing the cupcakes, but that’s an optional step. Fill each cupcake with a teaspoon or two of jam.

To make the icing, in a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, butter, and extract until smooth. Add in the sugar gradually until incorporated, and then beat on high until fluffy. If the icing isn’t firm enough, add more powdered sugar. Pipe onto the cupcakes as desired, and then apply your fondant toppers.

I just love all of the toppers Sarah made (also, that giant Silurian alien head? She sculpted that out of fondant as well!). To read more about our combined cupcake adventure, head over to Sarah’s blog!

Posted by on November 12, 2013.

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Categories: desserts & sweets

12 Responses

  1. I love these, we make a phenomenal team! And I’ve been eating these cupcakes all weekend. You are such a better baker than I am haha

    by Sarah @ Dash and a Pinch on Nov 12, 2013 at 4:32 pm

  2. Way too cute!!!!
    Love that team effort…..together you are unbeatable!!!
    Wait until Christmas for the full experience…..PJ time!!

    by Mom R. on Nov 13, 2013 at 8:00 pm

  3. Huge Dr. Who fan here! These are so fantastic!!!! And is that a stuffed Dalek? I’m on the hunt now – those need to be added to my holiday shopping list.

    by Allison on Nov 14, 2013 at 10:53 am

  4. Allison – It is a stuffed Dalek! I got him on Amazon. 🙂

    by Tracy on Nov 15, 2013 at 5:46 pm

  5. What? No fish fingers and custard? 😉 These are *amazing*. My family are huge Dr. Who fans and I love everything you’ve done. (Especially the bow tie one. Bow ties are cool.) Thanks for sharing!

    by Anna on Nov 16, 2013 at 5:54 pm

  6. Love them. I made a tadis cake. Can’t wait until the special.

    by robin on Nov 20, 2013 at 2:26 pm

  7. Did you use fondant for the cupcake decorations?
    Those cupcakes sure look FANTASTIC!!

    by Alli on Nov 20, 2013 at 5:14 pm

  8. Alli – Yes, Sarah used fondant for the decorations. And thank you! 🙂

    by Tracy on Nov 21, 2013 at 6:13 pm

  9. As a fellow Whovian – these are amazing!! I actually found your site searching for Doctor Who recipes to make for tomorrow’s 50th Anniversary episode. I’ll definitely be returning here!

    by Liz @ Liz Tip Top Shape on Nov 22, 2013 at 12:55 pm

  10. These are amazing! i love Doctor Who. Just wondering…how many cupcakes does this recipe make?

    by Emily on Jan 13, 2014 at 8:08 pm

  11. Hi Emily – this recipes makes 2 dozen cupcakes. Enjoy!

    by Tracy on Jan 14, 2014 at 3:19 pm

  12. these are so great, love the coloring! thanks for the info and recipes.

    by joanie on Feb 22, 2014 at 3:30 pm

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