We gave the Princess the book Pinkalicious for her birthday. If you have not read this book yet, you are missing out. I am very picky about books, but we have really fallen in love with this one. Seriously, it is so cute! And she loves it!
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You saw the cupcakes I made in the last post.
Well, today I wanted to tell you how I made them.
I do try to bake from scratch as much as I can, but from time to time, you need a quick dessert and a mix is just the thing! (plus some of my favorite recipes call for a mix!)
And let us not confuse cake with health food anyway, right. :)
For this event, I wanted strawberry cupcakes and I needed them fast, so I got a mix and used Tidymom's "recipe" for the Perfect Cupcakes using a strawberry cake mix.
I made a regular sized one for Princess and minis for the VBS kids.
(I think anything bite-sized is way more fun! )
After they had cooled completely, I opened a can of pre-made strawberry frosting to complete the Pinkalicious look.
In retrospect, I should have used my homemade cream cheese frosting and topped it with a slice of fresh strawberry, but all I could think of was getting those puppies done, so...
Here's my secret for piping pre-made frosting.
I dumped it into my Kitchen-Aid
Then I began to whip it.
Now, as an aside, I have heard that you can cut calories by whipping your frosting into a mouse-like texture, which doubles the volume and allows you to use less frosting with the same effect. I am here to tell you I think this is
a lie wishful thinking.
I have tried it with this mixer and I have seen no changes in the texture or volume. Let me know if you are doing this and it is working for you, because it's not working for me. ;)
So back to the story... begin to beat your frosting and slowly add in sifted powdered sugar, a few tablespoons at a time. I ended up adding about a cup. I just kept going until it had that nice piping texture and I could tell it was going to stiffen up when it dried.
Can you handle this many technical terms?
Beat it for a good minute...or two.
Then just load it into your piping bag (or cereal feeder) and pipe!
I finished mine off with pink sprinkles, because I firmly believe pretty much anything gets cuter when you add sprinkles.
Here is the result:
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