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.
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.