5 Simple Ways To Ice A Cupcake

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Are you in search of a new look for your cupcakes? Bored with the same old star tip swirl? You are in luck; I have 5 easy cupcake makeovers!

Ice Cream Sundae

For these cupcakes you’ll need an ice cream scoop. I prefer to use whipped icing with this one, it comes out of the scoop nicely and has a good ice cream look to it. As far as simplicity goes, it really is just a scoop and plop. For an extra bonus finish it off with some ice cream toppings such as hot fudge, sprinkles, a cherry, cookies, candies… go nuts! These would be great cupcakes for a birthday party.

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Bulls Eye

Once again, not a lot of fancy equipment needed. With large round tips, size 10 or larger, or even just the coupler, you can create a colorful cupcake. If you can draw a circle, you can handle this one. Just pipe your big circle on the bottom, don’t worry about filling in the center all the way. Pipe a smaller circle on top with your next color. Finish with your third color, filling in the hole and making a nice little swirl on top.  Imagine a pile of these colorful cupcakes on your party table.

Sprinkle Supreme

Again, this one is so simple. All you need is frosting and a bowl of sprinkles. You won’t need a fancy tip for this one. Just ice the top with any round tip or even just a coupler from your decorating supplies. Put as much frosting on as you want. Next, dunk it and roll it! It helps if you chill your cupcakes first, then frost and dunk. Sometimes fresh cupcakes are so soft and the tops will fall off in the dunking phase. These are great for those sprinkle lovers.

Pretty Petals

You’ll need a standard sized rose tip for this cupcake. It’s easy, but takes a little more time than other methods. Starting from the outside, pipe ruffles around the edge. Make sure the thin side of the tip is on the outside of your cupcake and you are holding the tip horizontal. Make small “U” shapes or waves to create the petals. Once you get all the way around, repeat, but in a smaller circle so you don’t cover the petals you just made. Keep piping until you’ve covered your cupcake top. How cute would these be at a bridal shower?

Rippling Ruffles

This one is similar to the petal cupcake, but instead of holding the rose tip in a horizontal position, you’ll hold it vertical with the thin edge up. Next, move the tip left and right with a small waving motion. The trick is to do small clumps of ruffles going in different directions. Keep turning your cupcake and adding random bits of ruffles. They are a bit unusual looking, but a nice change from the expected. Good for someone looking for a trendy look.

Good luck in all of your icing endeavors. I would love to see your creations, so comment on my blog with a photo!

Amanda
Cake Decorator
Coborn’s, Sauk Rapids, MN

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Valentine Pancakes

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Valentine’s Day is not just for lovers, it is for everyone! So I wanted to do something fun and different this year. I have no grandchildren and I remind my kids of that fact whenever I get a chance and they continue to ignore me, which is probably the smart thing to do. I did the next best thing and had my two favorite neighbor kids, Hudson and Brooklyn, stop over for breakfast and they love to make things. After talking it over with them we did a Valentine’s Day breakfast ahead of time so that they could make something yummy for their mom and dad on Valentine’s Day.  We decided on everybody’s favorite, Funfetti Pancakes. This is a very easy recipe and it is a fun recipe to get the kids involved in the kitchen and cooking. You can also get creative with a variety of fruit and different colors of sprinkles. Why would you make plain pancakes when you can make these colorful and tasty ones with the kids?  Have fun decorating them and, best of all, have a little fun with the whipped cream. Enjoy…we all did!

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Valentine Pancakes
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 2-T. Granulated Sugar
  • 1-1/2-tsp. Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp. Salt
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 2 T. Butter, Melted
  • 5-6 Medium-Sized Strawberries, sliced
  • 1 or more Heart Shaped Metal Cookie Cutter(s)
  • Sprinkles of your choice
  • Pancake Syrup
  • Confectioners’ Sugar (optional)
  • Whipped Cream (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, mix together milk, egg and vanilla extract.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Make a well in the flour mixture and pour in the milk mixture, mixing well and then adding in the melted butter and stirring until combined.
  4. Heat a sauté pan over medium-low heat and butter or spray it with cooking spray. Spray a metal heart shaped cookie cutter with cooking spray and place it in your pan.
  5. Once hot, scoop a small amount of batter into the cookie cutter.
  6. Immediately lay 1 strawberry slice in the middle of your pancake, gently press in.
  7. Sprinkle with sprinkles and let it cook for about 1 to 2 minutes or until golden brown, flip to the other side and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes.
  8. To serve, place strawberry side up and sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar if desired or pancake syrup and a dollop of whipped cream and of course… more sprinkles!
Notes
When I first attempted to make the heart shaped pancakes I made them too thick and they did not cook enough on the one side, so by the time I had to flip them so they would not burn they lost their shape and it was pretty messy. So I suggest making a thinner pancake, they will keep their shape a lot better this way.

– Jayne
Coborn’s Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

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