Making Cupcakes: Practice Makes Perfect
Like many new parents, I felt like I needed to bake more. I loved cooking and I did it often. I was never really into baking. I also never cared about presentation. All that mattered to me was the taste of it :) Then I noticed parents sharing pictures of sweet treats on Twitter and I soon discovered that there were a lot of talented bakers out there. I was really impressed by their work and secretly wanted to be like them. Shhhh! :) I started to realize how artistic cake making could be. I knew one day my 3 1/2 year would be eating cake and cupcakes at parties and I wanted his first one to be from me and homemade.
I think I have come a long way since the day I made my first cupcakes. Now that I look back, I just laugh. The day I made my first cupcakes, I remembered I tried to pipe icing on those cupcakes but failed miserably. I had no idea how to connect the piping tip to the bag. I ended up just squeezing it through a hole and it got super messy! Lol. Also, I wanted red icing but all I could make was pink.
|October 22, 2010 - my 1st homemade cupcake.
|My failed attempt at a 2 color tone inside.
I thought it would be fun to share a post and give you an idea of how my cupcakes have evolved and improved over the past two years. I actually got a hang of it on cupcake attempt #3 I think. Things were going well until I started a new recipe and had to learn another thing or two. I'm learning a great deal just through trial and error and of course, research :)
|December 19, 2010 - 2nd cupcake attempt
|At least I got the coloring right this time. Icing still the pits!
|January 1, 2011 - my 3rd attempt - SUCCESS!
|February 2, 2011
|August 21, 2011 - icing attempt failed on red velvet cupcakes.
|August 25, 2011
|November 19, 2011
|December 24, 2011
|February 13, 2012 - red velvet cupcakes with successful icing :)
|March 1, 2012
|April 8, 2012
And here are my latest cupcakes! I made them last week for the family party for my niece's 8th birthday. I wanted to have fun with these ones. I was getting a bit bored of the standard frilled frosting look so I tried a a couple of different frosting techniques using some of my other piping tips. I have many different piping tips but I only use a handful of them since I still don't know what to do with the others. Lol. I may look like I know what I'm doing but I still have tons to learn :)
|September 11, 2012
|I piped "8"s out of melted candy melts & used them as toppers. Now they looked more like birthday cupcakes!
|I made 24 extra cupcakes for my niece's class at school.
|Our gift to the birthday girl: cupcake apron, cupcake making kit, cupcake holders for lunch. Packaged in a cupcake gift bag!