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Graduation Cupcakes

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Its August, but I am still posting back from JUNE!  I am not sure why I am obsessed with being timely about some things and procrastinate on others, but here we go.  Like every year, it has been a very busy summer, so that is my current excuse!

Back to JUNE…..a friend and former co-worker of mine wanted me to whip up some cupcakes for her son’s graduation party.  This is one of those times when you realize time is whizzing by and reminds you of how old you are getting.  Her son is forever stuck in my head as an elementary school boy, obsessed with Harry Potter, and doesn’t want to talk to “girls”.  Obviously, now, he is more than a foot taller than me and off to college, but in my head, he is still 8 years old.

She wanted chocolate cupcakes with buttercream and a cupcake topper in his high school’s logo/colors.  With graduation parties being open house style, she was going to need a lot of cupcakes.  That means a LOT of cupcake toppers.  I make each of these by hand with the help of a template, so they can be very time consuming.

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Royal Icing toppers in the making

I started by making the school shields.  These reminded me of making my Paw Patrol cookies!  I let the shields dry over night so that the red and blue could fully set before adding the white.  This reduces the chance of messing up the sharp lines and helps with color bleeding that usually happens with red.

That same evening I started the shields, I made the R logo that would go on top of the shield.  There was no way I was going to be able to freehand the R on 70 shields and have them look the same.  I printed a template of the R on a separate paper and let them dry over night as well.

The next day, I was able to fill in the white part of the shield and then peel off an R and attach it to the red part of the shield with a little white royal icing.  The shields were now complete.

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High School Logo Cupcake Toppers

The day before delivery, I baked my cupcakes to endure they were cool.  The morning of delivery, I whipped up a batch of buttercream and topped each cupcake with icing and a cupcake topper.  I was able to make some matching sprinkles with the left over icing and tossed in a few extra cupcakes that just had sprinkles on them in case 70 cupcakes was not enough!

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Graduation Cupcakes

I was happy with the turnout and I hear they were a hit.

Until next time,

Clara

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Royal Icing Sprinkles

I had a couple posts that used royal icing such as my Paw Patrol Cookies and Shopkins Cupcakes.  Inevitably, when using royal icing, you have left over icing.  Royal icing always seems to go farther than you think, and whipping up royal icing colors and consistencies is no easy task.  That being said, I hate throwing away the left over icing.  Well, good news, you can make sprinkles, or other fun creations, out of royal icing.  Once dry, they basically keep forever in an air tight container and they can come in handy for future projects.  With the Shopkins party and the Paw Patrol party only a week apart, I had a lot of extra icing to use up.  I saw the idea on Instagram as people were done making their large Christmas orders.  It really is simple and takes nearly no time.  First was the Paw Patrol leftovers.  I decided to make just regular sprinkles, some eyeballs, and the PAW letters for future Paw Patrol shield cookies.

For the sprinkles, I drew straight lines and let dry over night.  Once dry, I took my knife to them and cut little sprinkles. They are a little larger than the sprinkles you would get at the store, but I didn’t care and I know some kids that won’t either!

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Left over royal icing sprinkles

After the Shopkins cupcakes, I had some pretty pink colors so I made these roses.  They form quickly with a small open star tip by the dozens.  With some leftover white icing, I mixed up some green for leaves to match.

These went nicely on valentines cookies that the kids and I worked on later.  So the next time you have to whip up a tiny bit of black for an eyeball or a tiny bit of green for a leaf, you can save yourself some time by using left over icing creations.

Clara