Thursday, September 13, 2012

Cupcake How To:

I receive a lot of emails about cupcakes! I've made thousands of cupcakes in my life time. If it's a holiday, or a birthday, or a wedding I've made cupcakes for all of them.
I wish I had some secret special trick I could let you in on but the way I ice them is fairly simple. My only piece of advice would be to use the LARGE star tip, not the small one. Then it's just a simple swirl:
Like I said nothing too spectacular or earth shattering! But I'm going to let you in on my one and only little cupcake secret . . . to make fancy fondant toppers use a silicone fondant mold!!! You can find the fondant molds on Etsy in every shape and almost any design you can think of. Personally I like the flower molds. Here's how they work: 
1) grab a small piece of fondant. 
2) Push fondant into mold and remove excess. 
3) Flex mold open.
4) Gently pull our fondant flower. 
You can get great detail using a mold! Detail that you could never get doing it by hand. 

The molds with cost you around $5 each, more for larger ones, less for smaller ones. I think that for $5 they are definitely worth it, they make your cupcakes look like they were professionally made, and everyone will be amazed that you made them by hand ;). wink wink
So that's my secret . . . I hope you find it useful!!!

16 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for the tutorial, Ashi! Now I know which tip to use to make those pretty swirls! And I love the fondant flowers. Too cute!

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  2. I usually just spread the frosting with a butter knife, sprinkle on some rainbow nonpareils, and call it a party. :-) Yours look much fancier!

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  3. They look amazing and super yummy! Great tips.

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  4. Hi Ashli! Love your blog! What is your go-to frosting for cupcakes??
    Sandy

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    1. Hi Sandy!
      I'll write a post about it for you!!! and post it next week!
      Lots of Love
      Ashli

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  5. Your cupcakes look great. Thank you for the fondant mold tip.

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  6. This is super useful! I made cupcakes yesterday for a dear friend's birthday, but mine didn't look like that! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Your blog is really amazing, I just love it! Every day, I look for a new post (don't feel pressured though ;)). Thanks for sharing all these great tips!

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  8. Do you make your fondant from scratch?

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    1. Nope I buy it!!! There's a little baking store near us (Scoop and Save) and I get my fondant from there! I tried Duff's fondant from Michaels . . . it's terrible I would definitely not recommend it! Wilton (also from Michaels) makes good fondant!!
      Hope that helps!
      Ashli

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  9. Could you provide a recipe for your cupcake batter and frosting? I can't seem to find one that's moist and yummy. Thanks!

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    1. I'll definitely make up another cupcake post with a recipe!
      Ashli

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  10. Ashli,

    Thank you for great post. I really appreciate the tip about using fondant molds. It is very helpful! Would love to know what other helpful tools you have in your kitchen.

    Thank you again.

    ILona

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    1. I can definitely do that as well!!!
      Lots of Love
      Ashli

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  11. You know what else is stellar about using the large star tip? It cradles oodles of sprinkles like its it's part time job. My kids totally dig that.

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  12. They're works of art, they are!

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