Chocolate, Vanilla, and Cherry Mini Cupcakes

There is something about mini cupcakes I just find so darn cute.

Makes me want to start pinching checks and kissing babies.

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Made for a small party I didn’t know I was having with a few extra to be taken to my aunt. For her birthday. Which she never received. Because my brother is a poor delivery person.

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<I’m pretty sure he ate them>

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The chocolate and vanilla mini cupcakes are pretty self explanatory. The cherry on the other hand were very strong. I was playing with some flavoring and might have added a drop too much in the batter. So no recipe that I’m comfortable sharing, but a lesson. Less is always better.

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Super Simple Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Steelers Cupcakes

I made these in the midst of moving.

There was a “Black and Gold” party at work and I brought in cupcakes (naturally). I needed something really easy, considering 99% of my baking supplies were packed up in boxes.

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Using a thick, round tip, swirl on your frosting as flat as you can. If you so desired, you could smooth out the swirl marks with a small offset spatula, but it’s not necessary. Then add the basic design of your favorite sports team. I used the Pirates “P” on the chocolate cupcakes and the basic outline of the Steelers steel symbol on the vanilla cupcakes (looking at it now, I wish I had done more of an exaggerated diamond pattern).

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If I had more time and supplies, I would have loved to have done the Pirate’s Parrot mascot. How cute are these Pittsburgh Pirates cupcakes from Cupcake Central?

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Or these Pittsburgh Steelers cupcakes from Bethel Bakery?

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Or How about this delicious Pirates Parrot Cookie I got at Giant Eagle?

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<Yep, I ate that. The whole thing. No regrets.>

What is your favorite sports team?

Maybe you want to discuss how terrible the Steelers are doing? Or the rumor that the Pirates stole the  Steelers mojo. Or how the Pirates finally had a winning season after 22 YEARS? I’d rather discuss how the Steelers are going to beat the Jets on Sunday!

*I think from now on I will keep baking posts to Monday and any additional post, IF I have any, to Fridays. Try to keep things simple and predictable.

Unicorn Baby Shower Cake

Sorry for the skipped post yesterday. I’ve been doing a lot of painting, and not a lot of baking. But I have a few treats to catch you up on.

Have you heard of the Viva Paper Towel method of frosting a cake? It’s frosting, but it’s suppose to look as smooth as fondant. It creates a “crust” that you can use a Viva paper towel and paddle to smooth to a nice, even finish.

At least that’s the theory.

The recipe I had failed abysmally.

When I tried to smooth out the surface, the paper towel stuck to the frosting. After hours of waiting, it never crusted over.

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I tried the method on a very good friends baby shower cake. I was so upset the cake didn’t turn out how I envisioned. This friend is a fantastic cake decorator in her own right and she deserved a fabulous cake.

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At least the unicorn is adorable.

For this figure, I did use gumpaste as the base and wrapped fondant around it. I used just fondant for the hair, horn, and ears. I renforced the horn and ears with toothpicks. There are straws under him, in the cake, to keep him from sinking. I learned a lot from my first attempt at figures on the Team Umizoomi Cake and this little guy ended up being really simple to make. Still time-consuming, but not frustrating, like last time.

And the friend I made this cake for? She’s the one I gave frantic texts to when I was having issues with the above mentioned cake.

Here’s the part where I’m suppose to share the amazing recipe for crusting frosting with you, but I can’t. It didn’t work. And now that I’ve tried the method, I’m determined to find the right recipe. Stay tuned for more adventures using the Viva paper towel method of frosting.