Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Flowerpot Cupcakes with Monarchs

A little random, Tuesday baking inspiration...

Pretty sweet, right?  I made these for a cake auction at Mal's preschool, which took place just before Easter.  I followed Martha Stewart's Flowerpot Cakes recipe.  Topped with mini cupcakes, decorated as flowers.

Chocolate cake in the pots; yellow cake flowers.
And finished with candy-melt monarchs, from Hello, Cupcake!: Irresistibly Playful Creations Anyone Can Make.  You draw your butterfly (or your husband does), then trace it over waxed paper, with melted Wilton's Candy Melts, in a ziplock baggie with the corner cut then reinforced with tape.  It dries and hardens fast, so you've got to work quickly!  I also used the baggie technique to ice the mini-cupcake flowers, with swirled together lemon and vanilla frosting.  You can't really see it in these pics, but the swirl came through onto the petals.

Toothpicks secure the minis; chocolate chips prop up the butterfly wings.
With these projects, I usually do the baking and designing, then charge Joshua with the actual decorating.  I tend to run out of patience and work too quickly, or put these things off until very late at night, when I cease to function, but somehow, he does not.

Finished product, garnished with Cadbury Eggs and a furry friend.
Extras made tasty snacks for home.