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Monday, August 29, 2011

Cupcakes!

Everyone loves cupcakes. Am I right, or am I right?

My friend recently asked me to make cupcakes for her son's first birthday party. Basically, she said it was a beach themed party and gave me free reign with the design.

After much debating, I decided on blue polka dot cupcake liners, blue buttercream frosting, all topped with a chocolate sand dollar.

I made the sand dollars using a candy mold I found at a local cake decorating store. To make the detail pop a little bit, I painted some melted chocolate in a contrasting color into the details of the sand dollar before pouring in the rest of the chocolate.

Let me tell you, the buttercream frosting I made was delicious. So delicious that I ate an entire ramekin of leftover frosting with a spoon. By itself. My husband caught me. He thinks I have a problem. I probably do.

Anyway, here is the recipe:


Buttercream Frosting
{frosts 24 cupcakes, and then some}

1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. milk
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
gel food coloring (optional)

Beat butter, sugar and salt until smooth. Add milk and vanilla and beat for a few minutes until well combined. Add in food coloring, if desired. Fill decorating bag and pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes.

(If you want to use this on a cake, I would add a little more milk to make it more spreadable)


p.s. Thanks to Nikki for her help with the cupcakes! No way I could have made 4 dozen without you :)

3 comments:

Nikki Correa said...

awww no problem! And I didn't do anything really, you were the wonder woman in this project! Great job!!

Crystal said...

The cupcakes were soooo delicious, and such a special touch to the party. Thank you for helping make our special day even more special :)

love. lindsey said...

Glad I got to be a part of it :)