Yes, gentle readers, I'm back. The not-so-brief hiatus was the result of a ded computer. And my finding that it's very nearly impossible to blog via iPad. At least for me. However, computer issues are now resolved and I look forward to sharing more goodies with you as we move into Spring. (It's nearly Spring, right? In spite of the 4 foot mounds of snow at the end of my driveway.)
I must confess that I'm not really new to cake decorating. My mother is a consummate cake artist. Not of the Food Network Challenge variety, but more of the old school style. She made my wedding cake, which I like to think of as "not that long ago."
One thing I have NOT done is attempt to pipe anything much in real buttercream. Those of you who've been with me for a while probably know where this is going. Yes, that's right The Brave Tart's German Buttercream. It's my favorite buttercream for a lot of reasons - taste, handling, ease of use.
In this particular instance, I separated two portions of a 1/2 batch of icing and tinted one with a tiny bit of Americolor Electric Green and the other with a little (too much?) Americolor Rose Pink. Then I striped each tinted icing up opposing sides of a large vinyl piping bag fitted with at 2D drop flower tip, then filled in the rest of the untinted icing. It was the work of just a few minutes to cover the tops of a batch of cupcakes with quick drop flowers and make hydrangea cupcakes.
I rather like them. They'd be nice for a bridal shower. In fact, it might be fun, next time to make one piping bag striped with just pink, and another with just the pale green, and pipe a whole cake - moving from one color on one side to the other on the opposite.
I promise to share the seriously vanilla cupcake recipe with you in a little bit. Honest!