Sunday, August 24, 2008

The cupcakes were a total success!

It doesn't take a lot to make a simple recipe looks gorgeous and fun (and like it took forever to do...). I took one of Giada's strawberry mascarpone filled cupcakes and tweaked it for my own needs, since my pregnant friend is allergic to strawberries.

I subbed blackberries + raspberries for the strawberries, made the cupcakes from scratch instead of from a box, and used store bought frosting instead of the lemony icing since I wanted to decorate the cupcakes! V is having a boy so making little oceans with a rubber ducky on each one was so perfect.. But, I'll let the pictures speak for themselves...

The cupcakes going into the oven:


The filling ingredients, which I made while the cupcakes cooled:


The cupcakes filled (some of them overflowed. The trick is to be VERY GENTLE when filling the cupcakes through the bottom with a pastry tip):


The decorated cupcakes in my new cupcake caddy! Just have fun with a pastry tip + ziplock bag acting as a pastry bag:


The finished product, all set up at V's house before her shower:


My friend's half eaten cupcake. See the yummy creamy center?


And, just for fun... my matching gifts! I wrapped the high chair in a ducky bag, and then put lots of little gifts in her baby tub and wrapped them in cellophane!




You don't need to be a trained pastry chef to make an impact. Just have fun, and think creatively, and your baking project will be a success!! I only wish I had saved a cupcake for myself....

6 comments:

HangryPants said...

They look fantastic! What a sweet gesture.

loveofoats said...

these are SOOOO cute & adorable... what a great friend you are!

Mr. Penguin said...

Oh my god - you are the best!!!!!!! :)

Nadine said...

oh, gosh, and you didn't even HAVE one? They are BEAUTIFUL!

RhodeyGirl/Irbas/Sabrina said...

hangrypants (love the name)-
THANKS!! It was actually really fun to do.

loveofoats- i love duckies!!

mr. penguin- one day I will make these for our little penguins hahahaha!

nadine- nice blog!! and no, i didn't have one, because I don't even LIKE cupcakes. there, i said it.

Katie said...

They look delicious and they are SOOOo super cute!!