Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Some precious little cupcakes...

So, here's the back story.  Some VERY dear friends of ours have a VERY sweet kitty, named Precious.  Precious recently celebrated her 20th birthday. TWENTY YEARS OLD.  A noteworthy accomplishment for a kitty, and she's not twenty and cranky, she's twenty and perky and beautiful.  Here, see for yourself:

Anyway, it also happened to be Precious' Daddy's birthday...so we decided to celebrate with kitty treats and people treats.  I made some cupcakes, with Precious in mind (although not for Precious specifically....she got the treats on the side).
Can you see why they are Precious inspired?
That's right, Swedish Fish. Thematically appropriate, and far more tasty than a tuna fish cupcake. :)  
Sprinkled with a little edible glitter and topped with a fish, and voila!.  I hadn't counted on Precious wanting to actually taste her cupcakes, which she did seem interested in, but I think it was likely the amount of butter in my buttercream frosting (which I happen to know her Daddy also prefers) ;)  The particular recipe I used was mostly the Wilton buttercream recipe (below)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine softened
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (approximately 1 lb.)
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Makes:

About 3 cups of icing.

Instructions:


(Medium Consistency)

In large bowl, cream shortening and butter with electric mixer. Add vanilla. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Add milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Keep bowl covered with a damp cloth until ready to use. 

Then I added the secret frosting weapon.  Hard to find, I can only seem to locate it in one shop within 50 miles of my house, but you can order it from the manufacturer (shipping is pricey though, so if you can find it in your local bake shop you're probably better off getting it there).




I used the "Birthday Cake" flavor for my frosting (the photo above is of the almond flavor, because there's no picture on the website of the birthday cake flavor, but I wanted you to see the bottle design so you'll know you've found it if you come across it).  Here's the web link: http://www.superiorflavors.com
I also discovered something else, quite by accident, while frosting these cupcakes.  I used a piping bag (obviously), but didn't put a tip on it, just used the plastic adapter...more out of laziness curiosity than anything else ;)  You know what I'm talking about?  It's the part that you put the tip onto and then screw the ring around...except without the tip.  Here, like this, the one on the left:

You see the little notch in front, I was curious what that would do to the frosting, so I tried it.  And it's COOL, see?
The swirl ends up on one side (where the notch was cut out on the coupler) and the other side is just smooth.
I just thought it was a handy little discovery.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRECIOUS, and Kevin, of course!

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