Lavender cake and cupcakes. Photo by Jennifer Melo
Nelia’s 40th birthday cake
For my sister’s 40th birthday, cake AND cupcakes would mark the occasion. A vanilla sponge cake is covered in white fondant and I used flower cookie cutters to make the flowers and leaves.
Nel’s favourite colour is purple. I used purple icing gel to pipe the letters and rather than pipe a border on the cake with my shaky, inexperienced piping hands, I stuck on small fondant flowers all around like a garland.
I bought the flowers and leaves cookie cutters at Golda’s Kitchen and I love them. I’ve found many uses for them over the years.
The vanilla cupcakes are topped with vanilla buttercream and fondant decorations.
Easter hunt cupcakes. Photo by Jennifer Melo
Last Easter, I used my grass tip for the first time when I made this Easter egg hunt cupcake, inspired by the adorable Easter cupcakes at tasteandtell.com and I was pleased with the results. I also tried spreading a buttercream on top and rolling it onto a plate of tinted coconut and the grass-tip piped cupcake won out because it looked more realistic that the coconut which tasted great but looked more like
AstroTurf synthetic grass to me.
See what I mean?
Cupcake “grass” with piped buttercream (left) and tinted coconut (right). Photo by Jennifer Melo
How to pipe buttercream grass
Use the grass tip, hold it above the cupcake and very close to the surface.
Squeeze, stop squeezing, pull up. Repeat in a circle all around the cupcake and wor your way to the center.
Watch this helpful video demonstration from Cookies, Cupcakes and Cardio and see how it’s done.
Easter egg hunt cupcakes, ready for a party. Photo by Jennifer Melo
When you’re done piping, top your cupcakes with Cadbury mini eggs (you really can’t leave me alone with a bag of these).
What do you think? Do they need some cute Easter bunny cookies to complete the Easter theme?