I find that I no longer have the time lately, but I used to enjoy decorating cupcakes! I really should find some time now and then to try out some new cupcake ideas! Here are a few of the designs I’ve tried…
This idea came from Martha Stewart’s Chrysanthemum cupcakes featured in Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes: 175 Inspired Ideas for Everyone’s Favorite Treat. There is info here and a video here. This was one of my first attempts at decorating cupcakes and it was likely a bit on the ambitious side! My flowers didn’t quite stack up to Martha’s, but…they still tasted good. I had just bought a set of icing tips, and was eager to try out some new tips. The #80 fluted tip was recommended, but I only had the slightly smaller #81 fluted tip.
Basket Weave Cupcakes
In my early cupcake days I was also eager to try out the Basket Weave icing tips (#47 or #46) and the Leaf tips (there are many leaf tips to choose from, I probably used #68 or #69). This cupcake was my own design, made entirely so that I could try out the new icing tips. The basket weave took a little time to figure out. You can find a tutorial here. Leaves are also trickier than they seem, but with practice they become very easy. A tutorial on leaves can be found here.
Valentine’s Day Cupcakes
Nothing special here, just red and white icing and lots of love designs! This was a chance for me to try out making roses out of icing. I found this to be extremely difficult and should practice more often. 🙂 You can find a tutorial here.
Picnic Ants Cupcakes
A cute idea for summer cupcakes, this idea came from the book, What’s New, Cupcake?: Ingeniously Simple Designs for Every Occasion, by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson. These can be customized however you would like them. I covered the cupcakes in a layer of green textured grass, used chocolate covered almonds for the bodies of the ants, dark brown icing for the legs and antennae, and used a dab of icing to secure small watermelon candies to each ant. Some basic instructions can be found here.
Brrr…A snowy, cold week is a good chance to stay inside and make cupcakes! These are very simple designs with minimal colours used: a snowman body, snowman face, and various different snowflakes.