Saturday, March 22, 2008

My Little Cupcakes

The Joann's store where I take my cake decorating classes is offering a one session cupcake decorating class. I signed up for the class and attended today. The cupcakes were so cute but they are a lot of work. During the three hour class we made four cupcakes.

The supplies needed are:
-The Course I student kit
-pink, yellow, white, and green butter cream icing
-pastel and white fondant
-6" lollipop sticks
-small flower cutter
-copper icing coloring
-black food writer

The first cupcake we made was the rattle. First you ice the cupcake with yellow butter cream. Then you fill a bag with white icing and use the star tip to make a tight zigzag across the center. Roll small pieces of yellow, blue, and pink fondant until it is 1/16" thick. Cut 12 small flowers out of each color of fondant. Place 1 flower of each color on the zigzag. To make the center of the flowers use the #2 tip and white icing. Insert the lollipop stick through the cupcake. Take two more flowers of the same color and "glue" them together with white icing at the end of the lollipop stick. Tie a ribbon to the lollipop stick in the middle of it.

Ice the next cupcake with white butter cream. Fill a bag with green icing and use tip #3 to make the stems of the bouquet. Next place the fondant flowers on the cupcake. Then use the white icing with tip #2 to make the flower centers. Use tip #3 with pink icing to make the bow. Finally use a leaf tip with green icing to make small leaves around the flowers.

Ice the next cupcake with yellow icing. Draw a bib with white icing using a large round tip. Fill it in with white. Cover your finger with cornstarch and smooth out the white bib. Use green butter cream with a #3 tip to make small dots around the collar of the bib. Insert fondant flowers around the edge of the bib. Use pink icing with a #3 tip to write "BABY" in the center of the bib. Finally place a pink ribbon bow on the top.

Ice the fourth cupcake with white butter cream icing. Color a small piece of white fondant with one drop of copper icing color. Be careful because a little goes a long way. Work the coloring into the fondant until it is streak free. Form a 1/2" diameter ball for the head and two 1/8" diameter balls for the hands. Use a very small piece for the nose. Roll another small piece to form the body. Roll the yellow fondant to 1/16" and cut out a 3" x 3.5" square. Drape this over the body to make the blanket. Then cut out pink and blue squares for the patchwork and attach these using white icing as "glue". Draw eyes and a mouth on the baby using a black food writer.

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