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Hello! So today my oldest is turning five…..FIVE! I can’t believe it. This past weekend we had his birthday parties (yes, plural). We have had a pretty hectic couple weeks leading up to this weekend and making anything has been a challenge. The day before my son’s birthday, my kitchen was getting new granite, sink, faucet, and stove top. While I had high hopes for at least my sink to be hooked back up, it didn’t happen. Luckily I had prepared for that and got started earlier in the week on my cupcakes. They turned out wonderful and no one complained about being at a party in a mid-renovation kitchen!
Since I had to plan for a kid party and the family party (and keeping in mind the kitchen), I went the with all cupcakes. It was less stress and easier to plan out so that they remained fresh. Earlier in the week, I printed off the templates that I had been saving and got to work making icing. Royal icing only takes a second to whip up, but getting the colors and consistency right takes FOREVER. So my goal on night one was just making the colors and having my templates ready. The next day, I was ready to get started. I wasn’t exactly sure how I wanted to tackle each design, and as it turns out, I changed the way I did each one after the first one. I started with Iron Man and the Hulk fist.
For Iron Man, I started with the eyes. This is not how the eyes ended up, but it was more to make sure I had the right placement and spacing. While the eyes dried, I outlined and filled in the red icing. After letting the red icing sit for a bit, I filled in the yellow mask. For the Hulk fists, I did pieces of the hand that didn’t touch first. Once they dry a little bit, maybe 20 minutes, I did other parts of the hand. The drying time allows for the lines in the hand to hold and show the details of the hand and gives it some dimension. I let these ones be for the night before adding anymore.
For the Captain America shield, I started with the red rings. After some drying time, I then added the white ring. While those dried, I started prepping for the center. Since I didn’t want to freehand the white star on the blue, I used another template to just do the stars. I let everything dry overnight to make sure it was nice and firm.
The next day, I was able to finish everything off. For the Captain America shields, I carefully pealed off the stars from the template. I added the blue icing to the center of the shields and then immediately dropped a white star in the center. They were done and left to dry.
For the Iron Man and Hulk toppers, I piped black icing to complete the design using a tip-less bag cut with a small hole. After that dried, I was able to go back and add the white eyes to Iron Man.
I baked the cupcakes the night before my kitchen was to be ripped apart. I waited to make the buttercream the morning of the parties since I like fresh buttercream and I would only be dirtying my kitchen-aid mixer. I put together the cupcakes right before each party, the kid party in the morning and the adult party in the afternoon. The royal icing soaks up the moisture from the buttercream and I like them to be as sturdy as possible.
They really turned out adorable and my son was thanking me before they were even finished. This was our second year having an Avengers party, so I was happy we got to try something a little different than last year.
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