Sunday, June 20, 2010

Animal Cupcakes

This was a cute idea I had to deal with the leftover batter and buttercream. We were going to a family party which I made a cake for, and they have a 2 year old. I thought what would a 2 year old want, the answer was cupcakes of course! Then I had to figure out how to decorate them. When I am trying to get ideas for decorating, I usually pull out books and hunt around on the Internet. I found some cute animals made out of buttercream in one of my books. I decided to try it out. I knew I didn't have all the tips I needed but thought I would try it out anyway. The details were done with royal icing.

animal cupcakes

Here's some close-ups.

Chicken cupcake - Dan's personal favorite!
chicken cupcake

Pink Elephant cupcake
pink elephant cupcake

Pig cupcake
pig cupcake

Turtle cupcake
turtle cupcake

These were pretty easy to make and with Laurie's amazing buttercream and cupcakes, they were not only adorable but also tasted great. My god-daughter thoroughly enjoyed hers (well, the parts that weren't smashed into her face), and all the adults enjoyed them too. I think they'd be great for any young kid's birthday party as a nice addition or alternative to a traditional cake.

1) Never throw out extra batter. You can always make something out of it and get practice decorating.
2) Ideas for decorating can be found in many different places.

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