Thursday, February 25, 2010

Valentine's Day cupcakes

I know it's way past Valentine's day, but I had to show you the cute cupcakes that my mom and I made.
My mom was put in charge of doing a cupcake walk at a church Valentine's carnival.  So I was helping her decorate her cupcakes.  So I used a star tip from Wilton (pick one that works best for you, the smaller the less icing in an area, but more rosettes you'll have to do to cover the top of the cupcakes) and made small rosettes all over it.  Make sure you get your icing stiff enough that the ridges from the star tip remain in your icing.  Above you can see that this icing was a little softer than I would have liked, cause you don't have the stiff ridges.   You make rosettes, by starting at 6 on the clock, (so at the bottom) and then squeezing your bag with even pressure and then move the tip to 9 o'clock, 12 o'clock, 3 o'clock and then back to 6 o'clock and release the pressure slightly as you lift. Repeat to cover the entire top of the cupcake.  
We then covered them with cute sprinkles, while the icing is soft, cause it does harden with time.
Then we made the cute cupcake picks with Stampin' Up scalloped circle punch and the Love you Much Stampin Set, with Real Red and Basic Black ink pad, and Real Red and Pixie Pink Stampin' Write markers.  We found that we liked the black inked stamp image better and just backed them with another scalloped circle punched from Real Red card stock.  I just had some leftover red grosgrain ribbon from years ago and decided to add the bow to the toothpick that was placed between the 2 scalloped circles!!