Friday, April 8, 2011

Spring Cupcakes

Our college hosted two visiting poets this week: Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno and Frank X Walker. In addition to events surrounding their work, a reception was held last night featuring readings of works by students published in this year’s college literary magazine.

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When asked to bake cupcakes for the event, I envisioned butterflies flitting above flower cupcakes. So butterflies were made using one of Martha Stewart’s punches.

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I glued each butterfly onto a 4.5-inch lollipop stick, bending the butterfly wings slightly to emulate flight.

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Wilton’s flower cups are lovely, but do not bake in them as the sides spread and lose their form. I baked lemon cupcakes in plain white baking cups and inserted them into the flower cups later.

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Vanilla-flavored buttercream frosting was made and piped on using a 1M tip. The color is a combination of Wilton’s Rose and Burgundy coloring gels.

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My test cupcake—I quite like how it looks.

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The cupcakes were packed in Cupcake Couriers and the butterflies ensconced in a large mug to carry to the event site in another town. I drove over there about an hour before the event, set out the cupcakes, inserted the butterflies, and zipped back to my town to teach a class. I hope the attendees liked my springtime offering.


grendelskin said...

They're lovely! Your attention to detail really shines in these lovelies.

Shauna said...

Those are beautiful, Aunt June! I would like to try something similar for an upcoming event that I'm helping with - What kind of paper did you use for the butterflies?

Yummers! said...

The cupcakes are sooooo lovely!! I love the tip for using the cupcake papers... thanks! I have a drawer of cute cupcke papers that I pick up here and there. But I only seem to use them in my artwork. I'm not a baker... just an entree maker. Adorable butterflies! Must add that punch to my list.

Lorrie said...

How could they not love those cupcakes? Pretty and tasty, too.

Thimbleanna said...

Wow June! That's a lot of cupcakes -- and they look fantastic! I'll bet everyone loved them.

Gumbo Lily said...

Your vision turned out beautifully. You've got a good eye.


Storybook Woods said...

June, these are really sweet. I am sure everyone loved them!! Clarice

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Gorgeous cupcakes! My daughter is getting married next year so I am saving this idea as a possible wedding shower idea :)