Every Cupcake Stand Needs Cupcakes!
Last year my Mom saw a cupcake stand she liked in a local shop. She didn’t know what she was going to do with it but she thought it was cute with its two tiers and baby blue colour, so she bought it. I decided it would look a whole lot cuter if it was adorned by cupcakes, so without needing any other excuse I went about making cupcakes.
To match the stand I got baby blue cupcake cases for the cupcakes to sit in. I’d heard good things about silicone cookware so bought a silicone muffin tray to try out – although this only held six cakes so I baked some in an aluminium tin too. Whilst I’d made the odd batch of fairy cakes before I’d never made cupcakes so I was quite excited about how they’d turn out.
Whilst they were cooking in the oven and rising nicely I went about making the buttercream. My, what a mess icing sugar makes (though I’ve since found a handy trick to eliminate this problem)! I’d never made buttercream before, but ever since my Nan made me a birthday cake as a child in the shape of ballet slippers covered with pink butter cream, it’s been my favourite (that was many years ago in case you’re wondering). So I made half vanilla buttercream and half chocolate buttercream.
Twenty-ish minutes were up so I slowly opened the oven door and removed the cakes with much anticipation. They were the colour of golden sand and the surface bounced as I touched it – perfect! I let them rest for a short while in the trays before moving to a Cooling Rack (which i’d borrowed from my Mom).
Now, I’m quite an impatient person so waiting for the cupcakes to cool so that i can make them look pretty is a real struggle for me, but alas I waited and it was definitely worth it.
Along with never making cupcakes and never making buttercream before I also had never used a piping bag before. I’d purchased a little Icing Bag Set that had a bag and a couple of different nozzles in it and figured it would be fun (and maybe messy) if nothing else.
So the cakes are cool, the icing is in the bag and the fun part began. I loved it! And despite never even holding a bag in my hands before found it quite natural and, dare i say it, easy. OK, i was only doing a basic whip with the star shaped nozzle, but for my first attempt I was really pleased with how they were looking.
When the icing was complete I finished off with a couple of chocolate sprinkles and placed the cakes on the stand – you can get a similar cupcake stand from Amazon. I was so pleased with how the cupcakes had turned out I took a couple of photos on my phone which you can see here.