Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Fruits of Our Labor

Hello everyone!

I made some delicious vanilla cupcakes and frosting, and topped them with the gum paste flowers and fondant designs from previous posts!  I was in a hurry, so I made a box cake mix (gasp!) and a homemade confectioners frosting.  The recipe for the frosting is my mother's, and calls for:

1 cup of butter, room temperature (two sticks)
4 cups of powdered sugar
1 tsp. good vanilla extract
Up to four tablespoons of milk

Beat the butter and vanilla extract with either a stand or electric mixer until it's nice and creamy.  Making sure your mixer is on low, gradually add the powdered sugar.  [If the mixer is moving too fast, you'll end up engulfed in a sweet cloud of sugar!]  When the sugar is incorporated, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add two tablespoons of the milk.  Turn on the mixer and at this point, it's up to you to decide how you want the texture of the frosting - I usually end up adding all four tablespoons, but if you want something stiffer, leave it at two.  When the milk is mixed in, turn your mixer on high and beat the frosting for three to four minutes to make it creamy and fluffy.

Here are the decorated cupcakes:

I think they're super cute, and everyone loved them!  It's always nice to see the fruits of your labors, isn't it?  I made enough of the gum paste flowers that I have a little stockpile for future projects, or last minute baking needs.  The fondant won't last long enough to keep on hand, but they're super easy to make on demand.

Feel free to leave any questions or thoughts in the comments below!
- Sugar Baby 

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