Written by Chris -
Beautifully frosted, or simple and elegant, cupcakes are an important part of life’s special moments – not just birthdays, but also graduations, bridal and baby showers, excellent report cards, or just because. Cupcakes make ordinary days feel extraordinary.
We have a new Cupcake Collection on Meals.com I’d like to share with you. We’ve selected several of our favorite recipes which include the classics plus delectable new flavors like lemonade, malted chocolate and even bacon!
Since a cupcake really isn’t “dressed” until it’s frosted, I thought I’d highlight some of our tried and true test kitchen frosting recipes. I’ve also included a handful of prepared frosting tips, too. I’ve found that most kids prefer the stuff in the container over a 5-star homemade frosting. There’s nothing wrong with that. My kids, now ten years old, get a kick out of customizing prepared frosting as well as creating simple cupcake recipes. You can check out their recipes here.
Let’s start out with a tip for piping frosting. I’ll admit, I cut corners (literally) more times than not. I don’t have time to clean a pastry bag so I use a gallon size heavy-duty zip top bag.
All you need to do is put the piping tip you want to use in the corner of the bag, then snip the corner off and push the tip a quarter of the way through.
Place the bag with tip in a glass to keep it stable. Then spoon about 1 cup of frosting into the bag.
To pipe, hold the tip in place with one hand and gently twist the top of the bag with the other to push the frosting through. Continue to refill the bag as needed.
Here are a few ways to jazz up prepared frosting…
Pipe frosting onto cupcakes, and then sprinkle with chopped candy bars. Butterfinger is my favorite! Quick tip: Be sure to sprinkle the candy right after you pipe the frosting so it will stick, otherwise it will bounce off. Also, if you really like peanut butter, try stirring in a little creamy peanut butter into your prepared white frosting.
How cute are these Dalmatian Cupcakes! Simply sprinkle a small handful of mini chocolate morsels over the frosting – an instant hit!
Here’s a clever way to make a glaze out of prepared frosting: Spoon 1 container of frosting into a microwave-safe container and microwave on HIGH (100% power) for 30 seconds. Then stir until smooth and spread over cooled cupcakes. You can also add hot coffee to prepared frosting to thin it down to make glaze.
Of course, you can also stir in caramel syrup, Nestlé Nesquik chocolate syrup, a little orange juice or grated citrus peel into prepared frosting. Frosting add-ins are truly endless!
Here are some of our favorite homemade frosting recipes…
Orange Cream Cheese Frosting – absolutely perfect on Pumpkin Carrot Cupcakes!
Cream Cheese Frosting – the perfect match for Red Velvet Cupcakes!
This Chocolate Lover’s Frosting is delectable to spread on cakes, cupcakes, brownies, sugar cookies and more. It’s ready in just 5 minutes, too.
Now if you want to make a big impression with very little effort, I’d suggest this Dark Chocolate Ganache. Simply stunning!
Do you have frosting tips to share? How about shortcuts? Please tell me I’m not the only one to take short cuts.
Happy weekend to you,