Unicorn cupcake

Unicorn inspired food is all the rage now, and I can totally see why. From unicorn frappuccino at Starbucks to unicorn grilled cheese – they all have one thing in common – they’re super instagram worthy!

And what’s not to love about them? They’re so colorful they can brighten up anybody’s day.

Recently I noticed a lot of people posting about unicorn cakes. As much as I love decorating cakes, I cannot eat it all and I definitely do not have enough butter to make enough buttercream frosting to decorate it all. As a compromise, I decided to make unicorn cupcakes instead.

Ever since I made the hydrangea cupcakes, I’ve been obsessed with making buttercream frosting with mixed colors. These pastel colors are absolutely beautiful when combined!

In order to make the horn and the ears for the cupcake, I used homemade marshmallow fondant with some of it dyed pink for the inner part of the ears. To make the horn, I took some white fondant and rolled it into 2 thin cone shapes. Then, I twisted them around each other to form a horn. When it got too long, I just cut off the rest. I then dipped a toothpick in some water and inserted it into the ends of the horn so that I can insert it into the cupcake later. In order to make the golden horns, I mixed some gold lustre dust in a bit of water to form a little paste and painted it onto the horns. Allow to dry for an hour.

To make the ears, cut the white and pink fondant into circles. You can use a small cookie cutter to do this but since I didn’t have one, I used the opening of some piping tips instead. The white fondant circles should be larger than the pink ones because they form the main part of the ears.

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Hydrangea Cupcake

A few weeks ago, I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed when I stumbled across one of those short cooking/baking tutorial videos. I generally don’t pay too much attention to those videos but that video caught my eye because the Hydrangea cupcake they were making was so gorgeous and stunning. Most of all, it looked pretty easy to pipe. The only tricky part was figuring out how to get those beautiful colors because each flower consisted of two colors.

I was actually really excited to learn how to make this because I was starting to get bored with what I was baking. Don’t get me wrong, I love to bake but sometimes it feels like I’m always making the same thing. With cupcake or cake decorating, at least I can be creative in terms of how the final presentation looks. Besides, people always eat with their eyes first and even if my baking is horrendous, I can always compensate with a visually appealing dessert 🙂

For this type of flower cupcake, they usually call for a 5 star closed tip piping tip. Unfortunately, I purchased the wrong one a while back because I didn’t know enough about piping tips so I had the 8 star closed piping tip. In the end, it achieved a similar result but I don’t think it looks as nice as if I had the 5 starred one. I will have to get myself a Wilton 1B piping tip next time!

To find out how I was able to achieve the mixed color buttercream, check out my upcoming post on how I make unicorn cupcakes.

Oscar the Grouch Cupcake

A few months ago, I made an Elmo Cupcake for my Mom’s birthday. With my Dad’s birthday coming up, I decided to follow the same theme and make him a cupcake that I felt would best represent him. He’s a pretty strict guy so immediately I thought of Oscar the Grouch.

Oscar the Grouch

I tried to search the internet for good examples of Oscar the Grouch cupcakes but unfortunately, he’s not as popular as Elmo so there weren’t that many examples to reference. The ones that I were able to find looked…. really derpy… O_O Not exactly the look I was going for. I know most of the cupcakes I found had Oscar looking really happy with its mouth open but I wanted to portray his angry, grouchy look in this cupcake as my dad can be pretty grouchy at times. As a result, I decided to not give him a smile. Making him was pretty easy, as i’ll highlight in the steps below.

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Making Fondant Cupcake Toppers – Bunny Butt

A few weeks ago, I made Easter Bunny Cupcakes in celebration of Easter.

Down the Rabbit Hole

Though I don’t personally celebrate the religious holiday, I love bunnies so I couldn’t pass up the chance to make something rabbit themed. A lot of people asked me how I made the bunny topper for the cupcakes, also famously known as the “bunny butt”. It was actually very easy to make but it was time consuming to get it to look right. Being the perfectionist that I was, I spent hours tweaking it until it looked right. I decided to post a step by step photo tutorial on how I made the fondant bunny butt cupcake topper. Here’s what you need:

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Easter Bunny Cupcakes

A few weeks ago, I bought a bunny cupcake kit from Homesense which got me really excited because

a) I love bunnies

b) I love baking

Easter is coming up so this gives me an excuse to make bunny themed desserts!

Bunny Cupcake

I also saw this as an opportunity to work with fondant as I’ve never used it before. I’ve seen people make bunny cupcakes where it looks like a bunny is falling through a rabbit hole so I wanted to recreate it. Though I feel like the results could’ve been better, I’m pretty satisfied with the results 🙂

Down the Rabbit Hole

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Elmo Cupcakes – A How To Guide

A few weeks ago it was my Mom’s birthday and in an effort to surprise her, I decided to make her Elmo cupcakes. At first I wasn’t sure how to approach it.. I saw lots of people making Cookie Monster cupcakes but rarely Elmo. For the Elmo cupcakes that I did find online, none of them looked that cute. What I ended up doing was researching a bunch of Elmo cupcakes and borrow elements I thought would work best and incorporate it in my design. The result? This 🙂

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