Saturday, September 24, 2011

Royal Icing Butterfly Cupcakes















I thought we needed some cupcakes to celebrate a friend's new baby girl. I've done the royal icing butterflies a few times before , but long enough between each time to forget how quickly the royal sets! So my decorations are always raised, but they're still cute enough. These are the easiest to make, though I do cheat a little. I use Peggy Porshen's template in her Pretty Party Cakes, and pipe the wings on waxed paper. Here are the dried wings














But then I skip the whole folding the cardboard, piping the body step. If I were going to use the butterflies on fondant, I might have to do that. But here, I just stick the wings in the buttercream and then pipe the body over.

Along with the butterflies, I tried piping "baby girl" to make them more obviously baby-ish. First, that was too much text for one cupcake, and second, girl without a dotted "i" looks like grl or gurl, and neither of those were what I was really going for. But the baby turned out great! I was amazed that they stayed together!

For these I used the double chocolate cake from epicurious, Rosenberg's buttercream and Lesley's royal icing with meringue powder.

4 comments:

Sugar Butter Baby said...

Thanks for the visit!
these are a great way of making butterflies!! I will have to try it out sometime. I hate making royal icing but this might be worth it :)

Rachel said...

These are adorable! And baby gurl is hilarious. Ha.

Baking Journey said...

Tried the link to the butterfly patterns, but could not find the pattern. But I did see beautiful work :) Is there anyway you could give a more direct link? Thank you.

Baking Journey said...

Tried the link to the butterfly patterns, but could not find the pattern. But I did see beautiful work :) Is there anyway you could give a more direct link? Thank you.