Whenever I see a beautifully decorated cupcake online I think, 'Man, I could totally do that.' I harbor the idea in my mind for a while, and then when the next opportunity to make cupcakes comes along, I relearn again and again that maybe fabulous cupcake decorating takes practice, because mine never look like the photo.
This week I made cupcakes to take to a Young Women's activity with my church. I'll speak more on our activity in a few weeks, but I wanted to share this super duper easy technique of decorating cupcakes with you. I've seen it on the internet several times before and there are quite a few tutorials out there, so I won't be sharing a tutorial with you today. But here are a few that explain it pretty well.
The basic idea is that you pipe the flower petal shapes onto your frosting, and then use a paintbrush with warm water to brush the frosting inwards to the center of the flower. It creates a sort of a messy 3D look. Pretty difficult to mess up.
Okay let me rephrase that, mine have a messy 3D look. All of the ones I've seen done with fondant are delicate and beautiful.
Originally this is meant to be done on fondant or royal icing, but I opted for regular buttercream frosting to make my life a little easier. I just waited for the it to dry on top and had no problem taking a paint brush to them.
To get the light sea foam color I used one drop of neon blue and one drop of regular green.
And there you have it! A super fast way of making regular old cupcakes looking a little more floral. And pretty :)
Do you have a favorite cupcake decorating technique? Please share!