Chocolate and Vanilla Cupcakes with Mint or Vanilla Buttercream
Even though Prom is in the Spring, the high school seniors are working hard at a few fundraisers. I donated three and a half dozen cupcakes to the cause and opted for a Christmas-themed presentation.
Keeping it simple, I baked one batch of chocolate cupcakes and one batch of vanilla. Since it's much easier to tint buttercream that isn't chocolate, peanut butter, Nutella, etc - I worked with vanilla-based buttercream.
After last week's success with the Christmas Mint Cupcakes, it was easy to recreate that design; mint and chocolate is a winning combination. This time I used green cupcake liners instead of the dark brown liner...I was thinking it would add to the look. I haven't decided if it makes a difference.
I have a friend who loves the chocolate cupcake with vanilla buttercream. I made just a few like this and topped each with a sugar Christmas tree decoration. Simple is so sexy.
I had a boss once who loved Christmas decorations that focused on the snowy side of the holidays. I remember her office decorated in different shades of blue and all types of snowflake doodads (there might have been a string of snowflake lights?). While making these vanilla cupcakes with blue tinted buttercream, I thought of Justine and our team of work colleagues. It was a great season in my life.
Aaaaand, then I attempted to go all Pinterest-y (search for: Santa Hat Cupcake). I saw these Santa hats and thought I could recreate it. Ooops. I'd say these first attempts were definitely a learning curve. I needed to change piping tips several times. The height of the red needs to increase and I still think the bottom band of white should be wider (but I don't have just the right item for that). Things got better as I went along, but I'd give it a C+.
|Pretty sure I was aiming for Santa Hat and not Saturn Rings.|
The middle example - too big a piping tip.
On the right - closer, but why isn't there roundness on the top? Sigh.
|Final results - not like Pinterest, but getting closer.|
And then, because it's Wednesday, I made a Christmas tree from some of my Fiesta Ware..and put a yellow star on top. I know, it might be a little more artsy, but I think it works.
I have a great life. I get to be creative. I have the love and support of my life partner. I would love to be in rehab. That season will come soon enough.