It’s Spring, It’s Spring!!!

So there is two ways to look at this:

a) Spring cleaning, yay!! No, not really. or b) Warm sunshine = crisp breezes = bulbs and blooms = gardening = spring bloom cupcakes!!!

I’m going with b. Yes, definitely b. I love spring. New beginning, new hope, new birth . . . and new cupcakes!

Forgive the blurry cell phone pic. Do you like my blue daffodils? Smurfie daffodils.

Forgive the blurry cell phone pic. Do you like my blue daffodils? Smurfie daffodils.

Can you see this one a little better?

Pink and white buttercream rose.

Pink and white buttercream rose.

For the life of me I could not get the wrapper to release from the cupcake. I baked three boxes of devil’s food Betty Crocker boxed cake cupcakes and most of the cupcake stuck to the wrapper. So I googled the issue and I found that I shouldn’t use cupcake liners. Instead, I greased the cupcake pans with Crisco and put the batter directly into the pan and cooked the cupcakes on 325 degrees. They turned out perfectly!. Just don’t fill them over half way, otherwise you will get some elephant man looking cupcakes. Then put your cupcake in the liner after you have removed it from the pan.

For the cupcake filling I melted a box of Andy’s mints with one-half cup of milk. Add powdered sugar until the chocolate mixture is pudding consistency. Pour the chocolate mixture into a piping bag and using a Wilton 230 tip, fill each cupcake. Stop filling when you can see the cupcake expanding.

See the Buttercream Recipe that I use. It keeps its shape wonderfully!

Use a 104 Wilton tip for the roses, orchids, zinnias and daffodils and a 1M tip for the hydrangea. For some great tutorials, view the following:

How to Make Buttercream . . .

Orchids:

Roses:

Daffodils:

Zinnias:

Very vibrant hydrangea

Very vibrant hydrangea

To make the two tone hydrangea, you will want to make the buttercream color that you want to be on the outside petals of the flowers, so for mine, blue. Put two to three large spoon fulls of the outside color into the piping bag. Rub the piping bag sides together so that the outside petal color smears to the insides of the bag. Take your second buttercream color for the inside of the petals, in my case yellow, and fill the middle of the same bag. It will be kind of messy, but don’t worry about getting it perfect. Just push the middle color down with your spoon in the middle of the first color. Close the piping bag and push all the colors down to the 1M tip. Push the squeeze the frosting against the cupcake, push the tip down (but do not touch the cupcake with the tip) stop squeezing the frosting and pull the tip up.

See these two tutorial videos to get a better idea. I don’t know about you, but I am a visual learner.

How to Make a Buttercream Hydrangea:

How to Make Two Tone Frosting:

Happy Piping!

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2 thoughts on “It’s Spring, It’s Spring!!!

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