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?