Archive for January, 2008

Super Bowl cupcakes with chocolate football

Monday, January 28th, 2008

Super Bowl cupcake with chocolate football
We found a foil-wrapped chocolate football in a local candy shop and couldn’t resisting adding just one more Super Bowl cupcake to those previously posted here, here, here and here.
What You Need: 1 cupcake (baked and cooled); green frosting; pastry bag with star tip or prepackaged icing tube with star tip; white writing icing; chocolate football.
How to Make It: Using green frosting in bag or tube, with star tip attachment (we used metal tip #21), cover top of cupcake with green stars for “grass.” (Stop squeezing before you pull away.) Use white writing icing to pipe horizontal line and write “50” for the 50 yard line. Immediately add chocolate football.

Valentine XO hugs and kisses cupcakes

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

XO love cupcakes
Love cupcakes? Love hugs and kisses? Well, these XO cupcakes are for you. They’re very easy to make, even for kids. If you can’t find letter-shaped gel candies, cut out your own using fondant, fruit rolls or whatever you can think of.
What You Need: 2 or more cupcakes (baked and cooled); pink and white frosting; gel letters X and O.
How to Make Them: Frost cupcakes. Add gel letters. That’s it!

Red swirl cupcakes

Monday, January 21st, 2008

cupcakes with red swirl and candy cherry
These pink and red cupcakes with a swirl design are perfect for Valentine’s Day or any day.
What You Need: 1 cupcake (baked and cooled); icing tinted pink; red writing icing or red icing in pastry bag with round tip #3; round red candy such as sour ball; toothpick.
How to Make It: Frost cupcake pink. Pipe small red circle near center top of cupcake. Pipe two or three more circles around this one. Using toothpick, pull red icing outward from center, wipe off toothpick, and then pull red icing upward from outermost ring. Alternate this technique all around the cupcake. (It’s a variation of a spider web.) Place red candy ball on top of cupcake.

Heart cupcakes (piped)

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

piped heart cupcake
It’s easier than you think to pipe icing hearts on top of your cupcakes!
What You Need: 1 cupcake (baked and cooled); icing tinted pink; premade tube of red icing and round tip OR red icing in pastry bag with round tip such as #3.
How to Make It: Frost cupcake pink. To make the left half of the heart, squeeze red icing from tip at 90 degree angle on cupcake so it forms a blob, and then (while easing up on the squeeze power), move downward and stop squeezing before you pull away. Then do the same for the right half of the heart. If your heart has too much of a “seam,” wet a small paintbrush and ease the edges together.

Valentine’s Day heart sprinkle cupcakes

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

heart cupcake
Use your imagination with these simple Valentine cupcakes featuring a heart outline with sprinkles inside. Try varying the icing colors and style of sprinkles for variety.
What You Need: 1 cupcake (baked and cooled); frosting tinted pink; red writing icing OR pastry bag with icing tinted red and #3 tip OR cut corner off sandwich bag and use that to pipe icing tinted red; sprinkles.
How to Make It: Frost cupcake pink. Pipe heart shaped outline in red. Carefully fill in center with sprinkles.

Heartbeat cupcakes

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Heartbeat cupcake
These cupcakes are meant to represent a heartbeat (like on an EKG), which could work for Valentine’s Day or for an office party in a hospital or other health care setting. These are truly cupcakes with a lot of heart.
What You Need: 1 cupcake (baked and cooled); chocolate frosting; red writing icing or red icing in pastry bag, or just cut corner off a sandwich bag and use that for piping.
How to Make It: Frost cupcakes with chocolate icing. Pipe (draw) line zigzagging up and down for heartbeat. If you make a whole batch of these, try having a different EKG “reading” on each one.

Conversation heart cupcakes

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

Conversation heart cupcake
Here’s a sweet for your sweet on Valentine’s Day. Make a batch of heart shaped cupcakes and decorate them in pastel colors like candy conversation hearts. You can using icing to write traditional messages such as “love” and “hugs,” or customize them with something off-the-wall.
What You Need: marbles or rolled up balls of aluminum foil; cupcake batter; cupcake paper liners; frosting in various pastel colors; red writing icing or red icing in pastry bag with #3 round tip.
How to Make It: Place paper liners in cupcake (muffin) tins. Stick a marble or marble-sized ball of aluminum foil on one side of liner. Fill one-half to two-thirds full with batter (smaller cupcakes will turn out flatter, and look more like conversations hearts). After baking, be sure to let cool. Frost cupcakes in various pastel colors. Pipe words on top of each cupcake.