April, as I am sure some of you are aware is Autism Awareness month and tomorrow, 27th April is Blue Nose Day.
Blue noses can be purchased nationwide for €2 in Xtravision, Eddie Rockets and HMV.
In Croke Park tomorrow evening during half time in the Allianz Division 1 League Football Final , Irish Autism Action are asking people to put on their blue nose and wear it for 60 seconds as they try to set a world record for the most people in Ireland wearing a blue nose to help raise awareness for autism. For people not attending the final all they have to do is like the Blue Nose Day world record page on facebook or use the hashtag #bluenose on twitter when wearing the blue nose for Irish Autism Action to record the numbers outside of the stadium.
These counts will be tallied with those taken inside Croke Park and the total figure will be announced before midnight on April 27th.
In honour of Blue Nose Day and our lovely daughter Chloé, we made some cupcakes, topped with some very blue butter cream icing and adorned with some more blue decorations.
Any excuse for cupcakes!!
125g Softened Butter
125g Caster Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
125g Self Raising Flour
2 Tbsp Milk
80g Softened Butter
160g Icing sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Generous amount of blue food colouring
Splash of milk
For the Decorations
I used Goodalls Ready to Roll Blue Sugar Paste
Preheat oven to 190 C/GM5. Line a 12 cup muffin or bun tin with muffin or bun cases. I like to use the muffin tin & cases.
Beat the butter, sugar & vanilla until light & fluffy.
Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Sieve the flour into the bowl & carefully fold in using a tablespoon.
Mix in the milk, stir until the mixture is smooth & drops off the spoon easily.
Divide between the paper cases & bake in the oven until the cakes are risen & golden brown.
Remove & cool on a cooling rack.
To make the butter cream icing, simply combine all of the ingredients and beat together really well until you are happy with both the texture and taste; and of course in this instance, the shade of blue!
Then gather some willing helpers, an array of plungers and flower cutters and decorate to your hearts content J
Happy Blue Nose Day x