Sunday, October 25, 2009

Just Practicing

I was wishing lately that I knew how to make fancy cupcakes, so I went to Michael's and bought a few things to give it a try. I think Martha Stewart is safe.
The purple-ish one on the right down here reminds me a little of intestines, no?
Hey, it's almost Halloween.
I like this one. Looks like a sea anemone. Where's Nemo?
On a serious note, I really would like to make some nice cupcakes for a baby shower in a few weeks. Something with no piping I think...hehe. I was thinking of getting one of those little cupcake tiers.
Any ideas?? I'd love to hear from you. (pics would be great too)

17 comments:

♥peachkins♥ said...

These little cupcakes looks nice..

Mya said...

Martha Stewart's Baby Bird Cupcakes are so stinkin' cute. I practiced making them..they are easy. :)
http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.fc77a0dbc44dd1611e3bf410b5900aa0/?vgnextoid=33f1759a3ac0f010VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&vgnextfmt=default

I am a huge sucker for cutely decorated cupcakes so let me know if you need more ideas! I collect ideas. :)

Small House said...

I've tried this same thing before. I have no idea!! I'm thinking that Martha should have a tutorial out there somewhere. Have a great day.
Sandra

The Japanese Redneck said...

I like the ones in the 1st picture. I think they would look great at the shower.

Ramoan

Nat said...

These are so CUTE Julie. I recently purchased my first set of tips from Michaels and am having sooo much fun learning to frost cup cakes with my daughter. I think yours looks so adorable.

Tater Tot Mom said...

I think they look great. I'm a little partial though, I love a great star tipped frosted cupcake! That's always number one in my book and yours look great!

teresa said...

cute cupcakes! good luck with the shower!

The Blonde Duck said...

I suck at icing cakes. That's why I make pies.

Katy ~ said...

http://www.wilton.com/cupcakes/

Wilton has some cute ideas with lots of how-tos.

They have baby booty ones that are just ADORABLE!! No skill required; I know because I've made them, grins.

Kim said...

I would love to be able to decorate cupcakes all pretty. Your first picture looks wonderful! Good luck finding decorating for the baby shower. I'm sure everyone will love them.

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

I have a decorating kit that I think I've only used once. I'm afraid my tips would be of no help. I don't think they look so bad. I like the last one.

Monica H said...

I took a cupcake decorating class last weekend and the instructor suggests using the hand you write with to hold the piping bag. But first you want to fill the piping bag 2/3 of the way and twist the top closed. Keep the twisted part of the piping bag in the nook (between the thumb and forefinger) of your hand and use the other hand to help guide you. You may think you have a steady hand but most people don't. You need the other hand to help stablize the other. And don't let the tips touch the cupcake. You want to start piping about about 1/4 inch above the cupcake.

Also consistency of icing is key. If it's too thin the details won't hold their shape and if it's too think the icing will break off as you release pressure.

Just practice on a sheet of parchment paper and when you're done scrape it all back into the bag and try again.

If you want simple, just tint the icing and pipe it like you did in the first picture. Add an edible flower, decorative picks or sprinkles in coordinating colors.

I just made baby shower cupcakes and I'll post them next week. Hope this helps!

Julie said...

Thanks for all the pointers...can't wait to see the baby shower cupcakes!

Katherine Aucoin said...

I wish I could help you but I am untalented as they come when it comes to cake decorating. I think yourr cupcakes look very cute!

Debbie said...

The first pic looks very good. You are braver than I am....My decorating skills are very limited and I'm thinking of taking a cake decorating class at the local Michael's....all my cakes look the same when I frost them!

Ingrid said...

Mine need help, too! Sorry!

Good luck!
~ingrid

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Practice, practice, practice! I got too impatient and ate all of my practice. Nom, nom, nom. I just don't have the patience like our friend, Monica, does!