Monday, September 12, 2011

Baby Shower Cupcakes

A friend of ours asked me to make cupcakes for her sister's baby shower at the end of July. Her sister did not find out the gender of the baby, so the cupcakes could not be either boy or girl colored. She wanted to have pacifiers on the top of each cupcake in green, blue, pink and yellow. The cupcakes were swirled chocolate and vanilla. I also swirled chocolate and vanilla buttercream on top. The pacifiers were made out of colored chocolate poured into a plastic mold.



To make the cupcakes swirled, I first made a batch of each of my chocolate and vanilla cake batter. I put each batter into two different piping bags. By placing a bag in each hand, I was able to swirl the batter into the cupcake wrappers. A toothpick was then used to finish swirling the batter. The cupcakes were then baked and cooled before piping buttercream on top.




I used the same method I used when making the hungry caterpillar cupcakes to put swirled buttercream on these cupcakes. To recap, I made a batch of each type of buttercream. Then a little of each was placed on opposite sides of a piping bag with a star tip. Each cupcake was individually piped and a chocolate was placed on top. The cupcakes were then placed in the refrigerator so the buttercream could get firm for transport.



In order to make the chocolates for the top of the cupcakes, I ordered a plastic mold of baby related items. Then I bought some colored chocolates and melted them in the microwave. The melted chocolates were piped into the mold. You have to tap the molds to get all the air bubbles out before the chocolates get solid. The mold sat so the chocolates could solidify. They were then popped out of the molds and left on wax paper until they were ready to be placed on the cupcakes.


LESSONS LEARNED:
1) When you are making a decoration for the top of a cake/cupcake, made sure you make extra. The tips of the pacifiers broke off a few times coming out of the mold and when they were placed on the cupcakes. By making extra, I didn't have to worry about the broken or defective ones.
2) Read up on how to do different techniques, but don't be afraid to try your own way. I found it easier to pipe the batter into the cupcake foils then the spoon in and swirling.
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1 comment:

  1. i learned alot from your post and will try cupcakes on my sister`s upcoming baby shower!

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