King Cupcakes for Mardi Gras Graduation Party–Part 3-The Frosting

Decorating–the fun part right? Not usually for me, because my frosting is usually buttercream-made with all butter, which tastes great, but is a greasy, slimy mess. This time, I was not going to deal with that. My aunt, the master baker of the family is very patient answering my¬†questions like “Do I use unsalted or salted butter?” She found me a killer recipe for decorator buttercream. It was actually fun to ice my King Cupcakes.

2 sticks salted butter (at room temp)

1 white crisco stick –don’t try to use just butter flavored and skip the butter-flavored Crisco–trust me

cream butter first and then and crisco and blend together till smooth and fluffy.

Add 1 T of vanilla (I used regular and my frosting was still very white–use clear vanilla for a whiter look)

Blend well

Add 2 lbs of powdered sugar slowly while blending–then add milk to desired consistency a teaspoon at a time

Whip it for 5 minutes until it gets light and fluffy

Put a damp paper towel over the icing that you are not using–I guess this can be made and sealed in fridge up to 2 days before–I didn’t try that trick.

 

I doubled the recipe and mixed all at once--I should have probably done 2 batches--a little hard on the Kitchen Aide.
I doubled the recipe and mixed all at once–I should have probably done 2 batches–a little hard on the Kitchen Aide.

The doubled recipe iced 95 cupcakes using a start tip with abut a tablespoon of frosting left over.

I finally got a wilton bag and used it the right way--just used a bigger start tip. Put the bag in a glass to fill it. I had to remember to cover up any plastic babies......
I finally got a Wilton bag and used it the right way–just used a bigger start tip. Put the bag in a glass to fill it. I had to remember to cover up any plastic babies……
Cover your babies
Cover your babies

 

I like the colored sugars I got. Both brands were great. The Black and Gold are The Baker's Kitchen-the coarse sugars. The Royal Blue is CK Products Sanding Sugar. The CK Product was sparkly and shimmered more like glitter, which is great for a Mardi Gras party. Both are great for different looks.
I like the colored sugars I got. Both brands were great. The black and gold are The Baker’s Kitchen-the coarse sugars. The royal blue is CK Products Sanding Sugar. The CK Product was sparkly and shimmered more like glitter, which is great for a Mardi Gras party. Both are great for different looks.
Fondant topper mask placement. We added toppers to about 70% of the cupcakes.
Fondant topper mask placement. We added toppers to about 70% of the cupcakes.

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Congratulations ladies! Have fun in the deep south!
Congratulations ladies! Have fun in the deep south!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

King Cupcakes for Mardi Gras Graduation Party–Part 2–The King Cupcakes

Now for the cake. This can be done ahead of time (up to one month and frozen. My secret to making cakes taste homemade is use a box mix, with the following substitutions: replace the water with milk, replace the oil with coconut oil or melted butter. Some people add an extra egg, I have found this not to work as well at higher altitude. (We are at 6,600 ft). I also add a teaspoon of vanilla–even to chocolate cake. For the King Cupcakes, I added 2 t of cinnamon per cake mix (dry) and 2 T of lemon juice to the mix.

I added 2-3 teaspoons of cinnamon to the dry cake mix and sifted it--I'm sure you can skip sifting-I was having a thorough day. Add 1 teas. of vanilla, and mix the cake as directed replacing the water with milk and the vegetable oil with coconut oil if you have it. Beat it for a long time until it's lighter than normal.
I added 2-3 teaspoons of cinnamon to the dry cake mix and sifted it–I’m sure you can skip sifting-I was having a thorough day. Add 1 teas. of vanilla, and mix the cake as directed replacing the water with milk and the vegetable oil with coconut oil if you have it. Beat it for a long time until it’s lighter than normal.
After baking as directed (I used white liners to bake in), I let them cool for a couple of minutes and then inserted a plastic baby in a few. DO NOT bake the baby in the batter--it will melt. That might seem obvious, but I had to ask my friend from NOLA......I bought the little plastic babies from Windy City Novelties online.
After baking as directed (I used white liners to bake in), I let them cool for a couple of minutes and then inserted a plastic baby in a few. DO NOT bake the baby in the batter–it will melt. That might seem obvious, but I had to ask my friend from NOLA……I bought the little plastic babies from Windy City Novelties online.
This is the point at which I sealed in tins and froze. I did get gold, black and blue liners to place under the white liners.
This is the point at which I sealed in tins and froze. I did get gold, black and blue liners to place under the white liners.

 

This is the story that will be displayed with the cupcakes. Coloradans aren't used to finding babies in their food. I don't want to break someone's tooth.
This is the story that will be displayed with the cupcakes. Coloradans aren’t used to finding babies in their food. I don’t want to break someone’s tooth.

King Cupcakes for Mardi Gras Graduation Party–Part 1 The Toppers

This is the first of a 3 part series. I’m pretty proud of myself–it was an intense project for the DIY who doesn’t like to do it herself. Here is the back story: My daughter will be attending college at McNeese State in Louisiana. Her graduation party partner in crime will be attending University of Southern Mississippi. We are from Colorado–I repeat–we are not southern and do not celebrate Mardi Gras. So what do we decide for a graduation party? Mardi Gras…….I’m in charge of the cupcakes. I’m gunna slay these bad boys. The first step (what you will see in this post) is to make the fondant masks for the toppers. These can be made 2 months in advance and frozen. I’m a big time person who plans ahead, so here it is. By the way, instead of the traditional Mardi Gras green, gold and purple, we are going with the college colors combined: royal blue, gold and black.

Silicone Fondant Mask--Bought off E-bay-like 2 bucks
Silicone Fondant Mask–Bought off E-bay-like 2 bucks
Fat Daddio's Pro Series Fondant in Yellow-8 oz. This stuff is from England--got off ebay--it's awesome--you can get any and every color and you don't have to buy a big tub. It was under 10 bucks.
Fat Daddio’s Pro Series Fondant in Yellow-8 oz. This stuff is from England–got off ebay–it’s awesome–you can get any and every color and you don’t have to buy a big tub. It was under 10 bucks.

 

 

Wash your hands and start working the fondant like playdough. Mash a chunk into your mold and scrape the excess. You might even push in the corners for a cleaner look
Wash your hands and start working the fondant like playdough. Mash a chunk into your mold and scrape the excess. You might even push in the corners for a cleaner look
Pop the masks out and lay on parchment paper or foil.
Pop the masks out and lay on parchment paper or foil.
We tried to make edible paint, but ended up using the edible metallic black and blue markers I purchased online. Way easier that using small paint brushes and mixing edible paint. Have some Q-tips and toothpicks handy to correct mistakes.
We tried to make edible paint, but ended up using the edible metallic black and blue markers I purchased online. Way easier than using small paint brushes and mixing edible paint. Have some Q-tips and toothpicks handy to correct mistakes.
This is pretty creative for us. We actually had fun with this.
This is pretty creative for us. We actually had fun with this.
After letting them dry a bit, we layered in Tupperware with parchment paper between layers. They are currently in the freezer waiting for the big bash. Stay tuned for part 2--making and freezing the King Cupcakes!
After letting them dry a bit, we layered in Tupperware with parchment paper between layers. They are currently in the freezer waiting for the big bash. Stay tuned for part 2–making and freezing the King Cupcakes!