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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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