Cupcake couture: discover elegant new ways to decorate and display individual-sized delicacies.
Following that tradition, I in turn made cupcakes for my own daughter during special times. Some that come to mind are small shaggy dogs I created for her birthday. They were baked without liners and completely covered with icing to resemble fuzzy, short-legged pups with dark eyes, smiling mouths, and pink bows between the ears. These were very popular with the children due to the excess buttercream and sugar icing, and probably not so popular with the teachers.
But now it's time for cupcakes to grow up. They aren't just for kids anymore. It's time for the adults to enjoy the fun. So for your next party, try your favorite cake recipe as a cupcake or come up with your very own strawberry cupcakes, small citrus cakes with toasted almonds, or even molten chocolate cupcakes. They make wonderful little individual treats for pick-up as well. And who can resist a taste of childhood?
It is also fun to be creative in ways to display and serve cupcake treats. Stacking different sizes of cake stands with flowers on top allows you to serve several dozen small cakes at a time. For additional attention to detail, accent each cupcake with a collar cut from card stock with scallops or tie a small ribbon around the liner.
Create a trendy display by covering cardboard cake circles in fabric and ribbon. For a five-tier stand, you will need:
2 cardboard circles in each of 5 sizes (16-inch, 14-inch, 12-inch, 10-inch, and 8-inch) 1/2 yard fabric to cover circles 5 yards (1/2-inch) ribbon to edge cardboard circles 4 Styrofoam cylinders (one 4"H x 6"D, one 3 1/2"H x 4 1/2"D, and two 4"H x 4"D) 5 yards (1 1/2-inch) ribbon to cover Styrofoam cylinders Hot glue gun and glue Cut 5 circles of fabric 1 inch larger than each cardboard circle size. Cut tiny slits in the fabric around the edge of each fabric circle to make covering the circle easier, and glue the fabric around one round of each size. Glue the other cardboard circles of each size to the appropriate circle, and glue the 1/2-inch ribbon around the edge of each of the five cardboard circles. Glue the 1 1/2-inch ribbon around each cylinder. Stack the tower together, gluing graduating pillars to each graduating circle, going from largest on the bottom to the smallest on the top. Stack with coordinating cupcakes.
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|Date:||May 1, 2007|
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