“Oh this is soooo easy.” I am tired of hearing people tell me how easy recipes are to make. I have even done it to you! I do not think anything is really easy when one has to take into account the grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning up, and for some of us with kids underfoot. Many of us work 40+ hours per week on top of it all. I created these videos in hopes of showing you a few pieces of equipment I use not so much make things “easier,” but to simplify the task and give us professional looking cupcakes. Easy would be purchasing cupcakes! If you are a seasoned baker, these videos are not for you, these are geared toward the person who may be wanting to try their hand at cake decorating for the first time and just need that extra push. Hopefully by the time you have watched all five videos, you will say, “I can do that!” I will not do anything extraordinary like little doggies or kitties- I don’t know how anyway, or raise the bar too high, you have other parents in the school to make you feel like a schmuck, and wow do they enjoy doing that too. With too much “fancy” going on and lack of time, it is no wonder we run to the local bakery. To follow along with me, you will need some cupcakes, buttercream frosting, a 1M star tip (found at Michael’s or at your local cake supply shop,) and 10 or 12 inch disposable pastry bags- also at Michael’s.
1 pound powdered sugar
1 stick butter, room temperature
2-3 T. milk
1 tsp vanilla
In a large bowl using your stand mixer or hand mixer, beat all ingredients together until smooth and spreadable. Do not make it too soft or your frosting will not hold its shape when you pipe it onto your cupcakes.
1. Always make extra buttercream, at least 3 batches. Why? With using the 1M tip, more frosting is required and extra frosting freezes beautifully, saving you time with the next batch of cupcakes.
2. If you are still a bit intimidated, try practicing your pastry swirls on waxed paper first, the frosting can be easily scraped back into the bowl and reused. I used to watch my Ma practice over and over again on waxed paper until she got the technique down perfectly. Its just sugar, don’t let it beat you up!
3. It may be time to finally purchase a kitchen scale. It is best to weigh ingredients when baking.
You know, I have always been intimidated by all the beautiful cupcakes I see each day on other blogs, but when I discovered the 1M decorator tip, I decorate confidently now. So can you.
See my pretty necklace? It’s my logo, made by my friend Sarah of Paper Trail Gallery. She would be happy to make you one too! Or anything you want for that matter.