Maypole Cupcakes for May Day

These little cupcakes are perfect for celebrating May Day, & would make a sweet treat for any children taking part in maypole dancing. 

This Recipe makes 14 - 16 cupcakes

4 eggs
8oz self-raising flour
8oz caster sugar
8oz of unsalted butter

For the topping
4oz Icing sugar
2oz desiccated coconut
Green food colouring
Small lollipop
Thin strips of ribbon

To make the cupcakes we beat the eggs, flour, sugar & butter together in a food mixer until combined & smooth. We then spooned the mixture into cupcake cases, & baked at 180oc for 15-20mins until golden. Once cooled we made the runny icing (following the instructions on the packet) along with a drop of green food colouring & spooned over the cakes. To create some green grass for the top of our cakes we added a few drops of green food colouring to a small food bag along with the desiccated coconut, mixed well, & then sprinkled over the wet icing.

For the Maypole we tied 4 ribbons around the lollipop stick (under the base of the sweet) & then we gently pushed the lolly into the centre of each cake.  As an alternative to the lollipop you could use a thin chocolate stick/biscuit & add string sweets as ribbons, but I figured this cake already had enough sugar. The idea of using the lollipop was that it could be saved & enjoyed at a later date.

These were a big hit at a school fundraiser this week, & would make a cute centerpiece for any May Day celebration. 
Happy May Day!