big apple cupcakes


If you've been a regular blog reader for some time, you'll know exactly who Saucy is talking about when she tells you it was Roxy's birthday this weekend. Her parents are taking her to New York City for her sweet sixteen celebration and asked if Saucy could come up with an NYC cupcake theme to celebrate. Here they are... Roxy's big apple birthday cupcakes.


Saucy adapted these from What's New, Cupcake by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson. She made a few modifications but here's the basic how-to.


Yes, they're ugly at this stage. They have to be ugly before they get cute.

After baking and cooling a batch of red velvet cupcakes in nice red baking papers, top each cupcake with a half of a mini doughnut using some frosting. Place in refrigerator for about an hour while you do the rest of your prep... they need to be fastened on top well for the frosting and dipping step.


Once firm, frost the entire cupcake top and doughnut with red icing. The book suggest using store-bought frosting but Saucy prefers homemade buttercream and suggests that you use the red (no taste) colouring paste from Wilton to tint it. You don't need to worry about making it super red, you'll be dipping the frosting in red sanding sugar. Saucy found that amount of sanding sugar to have a bit of a bitter taste to it, so she's glad she used the no-taste gel to start.


Lastly, fashion a stem by cutting and rolling a piece of Tootsie Roll candy. Saucy used spearmint gumdrop leaves to decorate instead of the recommended rolled and cut Starburst fruit chews. It was quicker and dare she say, cuter.

She made one more type of NYC-inspired cupcakes for Roxy's celebration... to be posted here tomorrow. What would you dream up if you had to make cupcakes to represent the greatest city on earth?

11 comments:

Kate said...

Something with a cheesecake filling of course! And maybe yellow. Like a taxi. Or a beautiful blue cupcake with a white ribbon.

Jill said...

Those Big Apple Cupcakes are adorable! I really like how you did the leaves. I'm sure that Roxy will be thrilled with your fun cupcake creations!

As far as the extra-special cupcake... could it be something with a Tiffany's theme? Hmmmmm... I can't wait to find out!

Hugs,
Jill

PS: Just wanted to let you know I received your generous gift card and adorable heart charm~~ thank you soooo much! I'll be sure to spend it on something super fun!

Madison said...

So cute! I hope Roxy has a fabulous birthday!

Lexi said...

Those are too cute. Those would be great to give teachers as well.

Pepper said...

Wow, those are great!!!

Angela G. Willis said...

Nice... I know what I am making for the first day of school, next year!
Now... let's see, could you be as daring as doing something with Lady Liberty? If you could find a candy in that shape or a mold, it would be a cinch! If I am right do I win a cupcake?

Now, the real question is... what would be a good end of the year treat for the last day of school, using a summer theme... hum...

MJ said...

The spearmint leaves are great!

Sandra D said...

When I think of NYC, I think of Tiffany's and the Empire State Building. Love the apple cupcakes & I hope Roxy has an awesome time.

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Colleen G said...

Two in a row; Magnolia cupcakes' mention and Big Apple cupcakes. I'm here in NYC right now and just had to try the Magnolia cupcakes. Your swirl was waaay better than the one I tried here. And your Big Apple rendition is too cute.

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