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Wolver­ine Cup­cakes

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FILM - with Aoife McEl­wain


Jack­man, Fass­ben­der and McAvoy unite for the first time with the re­lease of X-Men: Days of Fu­ture Past, the sev­enth X-Men film in the se­ries (if you in­clude spin-offs and pre­quels). Bryan Singer di­rects, re­turn­ing to the fran­chise af­ter the well-re­ceived X-Men (2000) and X2 (2003). The whole X-Men (and X-Women) crew (past and present) are joined to fight a war for the sur­vival of their species.

The Scene

Wolver­ine is cranky. He’s on a su­gar low af­ter all the time-trav­el­ling he’s been do­ing and Mag­neto hasn’t been tak­ing the threat to mu­tant sur­vival se­ri­ously enough. Things get heated and old ar­gu­ments emerge. But then, just at the right mo­ment, Pro­fes­sor X ap­pears with a plate of lemony cup­cakes, pla­cat­ing the beast within Lo­gan with their zingy flavour and fluffy tex­ture. Lo­gan turns to Mag­neto and says “I’m sorry for what I said when I was hun­gry.”* may not be in the movie


I mean, se­ri­ously, imag­ine Wolver­ine eat­ing a cup­cake? Too cute.


For the cup­cakes 125g soft but­ter, cut into cubes 125g caster su­gar 2 large eggs 125g self-rais­ing flour 1 tea­spoon of bak­ing pow­der 2 ta­ble­spoons of milk Finely grated zest of one lemon For the ic­ing 125g soft un­salted but­ter, cut into cubes 250g ic­ing su­gar 1 ta­ble­spoon of lemon juice Yel­low and blue food colour­ing


Line a cup­cake tin with 12 cup­cake cases. Pre-heat the oven to 180c/160c fan-as­sisted/ Gas Mark 4.

In a large bowl, beat the but­ter with an elec­tric whisk un­til fluffy. Add the caster su­gar and beat to­gether un­til well com­bined and re­ally fluffy. Add the eggs one by one, beat­ing un­til well com­bined. Don’t worry if the mix­ture sep­a­rates at this point, that hap­pens some­times. It will all come to­gether when you add the flour.

Sieve the flour and bak­ing pow­der into the mix. Add the milk and grated lemon zest be­fore us­ing a spoon or spat­ula to gen­tly fold all of the in­gre­di­ents to­gether un­til well blended. Don’t be too heavy-handed with the mix­ing as that will re­sult in a dense cup­cake.

Spoon the mix­ture into the muf­fin cases and bake for 18 to 22 min­utes, or un­til a skewer in­serted into the mid­dle of one of your cup­cakes comes out clean. Once cooked, re­move from the oven and al­low to cool com­pletely be­fore ic­ing.

Mean­while, make your ic­ing by beat­ing the su­gar and ic­ing su­gar to­gether in a large bowl with an elec­tric whisk un­til re­ally light and fluffy. Mix in the lemon juice be­fore seper­at­ing one-third of the ic­ing and plac­ing in a sec­ond bowl. Add blue food colour­ing to the smaller amount of ic­ing and yel­low food colour­ing to the larger amount, mix­ing un­til the colours are bright and vi­brant.

Ice your cup­cakes with the yel­low ic­ing be­fore us­ing a pip­ing bag (you can use a sand­wich bag with a small hole cut in it if you don’t have a fancy ic­ing bag) to draw the X-Men sym­bol on the top of your cup­cake.

Read Tara Brady’s in­ter­view with Hugh Jack­man, ex­clu­sively in next week’s Ticket

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