Veto and Saucy have a friend nicknamed Sarge, and Saucy and Veto have a friend nicknamed Sarge. One Sarge they know through Saucy and the other Sarge they know through Veto so when Saucy tells this story, she doesn't want the Sarge who didn't get cupcakes to be upset, his time will come... these cupcakes were for... Sarge.
Sarge requested carrot cupcakes for his birthday but the problem was, he's an out-of-province Sarge. It was time for a cupcake challenge, anyway. Could 24 decorated cupcakes travel by Greyhound bus 393 miles to their destination intact?
This is how they left Casa de Saucy. Stacked in a funky little drink cooler that Veto found. It was the perfect size and height for 24 cans (or 24 cupcakes).
Bubble wrap, stacked cupcake holders, more bubble wrap, air bags and ice packs... and away they went into the night.
Do you want to make a perfect ring of toasted coconut around the edge of your cupcakes? Easy.
Using a large round tip, pipe cream cheese icing around the outside rim of the cake. Don't wait to do the next step... as in, don't do all of the piping and then all of the dipping. Sorry, but it's best if you set your piping bag down and dip each one while the frosting is tacky - before it forms a little shell and the coconut will resist sticking.
Turn that bad boy upside down into a tray of toasted coconut. Toasting coconut is fast and easy - just set it under your broiler and watch it like a hawk. It contains natural oils and sugars that make it burn very easily. Saucy likes toasting the fine coconut best. It looks fancier on baked goods and the fine chop is nicer for little cakes.
For shipping, Saucy decided to decorate and finish Sarge's cakes directly in the cupcake holder. That way, the could really push them down into their places securely by poking the middle of the cake where there was no icing yet. Do you follow?
After the cakes were securely in place, the large tip on the bag is brought out again and the cupcakes are finished with a swirl in the middle.
A small star tip on a bag of green frosting makes the carrot leaves... and another large round tip is used with orange frosting to make the carrots.