Over the weekend Saucy fashioned two batches of special cupcakes in pretty playful theme.
The Sprout's second birthday was celebrated with that sweet-smelling, colourful childhood-favourite plaything. Who the heck is Saucy kidding... even adults lurrve to smoosh it between their fingers. A theme cupcake was in order.
It was easy to make Saucy's Superkid Cupcake recipe, the three colours are nice and "doughy." Dark pink - almost red, blue and bright yellow. The perfect colours were achieved with Wilton pastes. Make sure you get the "no taste" red when you are attempting to achieve a dark tint like this in batter or frosting. Royal Blue and Daffodil Yellow were used, although Saucy added a little Buttercup Yellow to the gold frosting because it was just a titch (is that a word? Saucy says it all the time) too bright. She wanted the nice, deep but bright yellow that Play Doh does so well. It almost looks a little dirty.
Remember, professional grade food pastes deepen in colour after sitting for a couple of hours. Keep this in mind when you are decorating cakes and cupcakes. Ease up on the dye when you are pretty close to your desired tint. Let the air do the rest of the colouring for you. And yes, this holds true in airtight storage containers, too.
For this noodle-effect with the blue and yellow frosting, make sure you squiggle your pastry bag with a nice small tip (Saucy used the Wilton #6) after you pipe the white base but before you fill it with yellow, dig?
Another tip: let the noodles set on the white frosting for about twenty minutes before you frost the peak with yellow and do the sprinkling. A little crust will form on the base and the noodles and if you add the sprinkles to the peak immediately after piping, excess sprinkles won't stick to the parts you don't want them... they'll roll right off.
And that, Dear Friends, is your cupcake for today. Resist the urge to smoosh it between your fingers.