Birthday cupcakes

My mother turned 65 last week and I asked if I could make cupcakes for her birthday lunch party.

I started making the sugar paste flowers 2 days before the event. The good thing with sugar paste flowers is that they will stay nice for quite some time as long as you keep them in a dry place. As soon as they hit the refrigerator they will turn soft and eventually wither away. I wanted the flowers to be in a design I’d never done before. Originally I had planned to do a more star like shape of the flower but I just couldn’t get the hang of the cookie cutter and the silicon form so eventually I gave up and used my regular round cookie cutter.

I also made tiny pearls out of sugar paste and painted them with the  glitter. It was a tedious job–both rolling the small balls and painting them–and I think I used most of the pearl glitter on my fingers instead of on the pearls. 🙂 Not as fun to make as the flowers maybe but they taste good and it’s more fun to have your own shaped pearl than buying the much harder versions from a store.

Home made pearls.
Home made pearls.

The chocolate muffins were made the evening before the event so on the actual day I only had to make the frosting and decorate. I had made white flowers and pearls and though a regular white frosting would be a little boring so I colored it pink instead. The hardest part was filling the decorating bag! Usually I make cupcakes on the weekends which means I have two more hands, that is my hubby assists me, but now he was at work. So what to do? I went to the cabinet and checked for what to use. After a little thought I realized our fine glasses was the only glass possible to use for this. 🙂 Very fancy glass to use but it worked. 🙂

Chocolate muffins waiting to be decorated with a pink frosting.
Chocolate muffins waiting to be decorated with a pink frosting.

I’ve realized that I need to practice much more in regards to decorating techniques. It just doesn’t turn out as good as I want. A good reason to bake cupcakes (or cakes) often I suppose. 😉 With the help of my flowers and my other decorations though I can hide the not so perfect frosting.

I transported the cupcakes to my parents without the decorations on top. They wouldn’t be served immediately and I wanted all flowers to look perfect so I decorated them right before eating. Usually I take them out of the refrigerator around 30 minutes before I need to decorate them in order for the frosting to become soft again. It was still a little too hard though when I had to decorate them so most of the sprinkles didn’t want to stick but it turned out nice anyway.

Birthday cupcakes finished and ready to be served.
Birthday cupcakes finished and ready to be served.

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8 thoughts on “Birthday cupcakes

  1. Donna October 2, 2013 / 03:27

    those are beautiful – nice work!

  2. strawberryquicksand October 2, 2013 / 12:08

    Simply stunning! I think your cupcake photos are coming a close second to my flower photos!

    • Cecilia October 2, 2013 / 13:40

      Thanks. 🙂 I think your flower photos definitely are better photos (loved them!) but I think my cupcakes are tastier. 😉

      • strawberryquicksand October 2, 2013 / 21:32

        Yes, not many flowers are that great to munch on. lol

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