To decorate, I used Cake Mate frosting (the one that comes in a pressurised can) in chocolate fudge, cloud white and blue. To decorate the chocolate cherry cupcakes, rather than use the star nozzle that comes with the icing, I decided instead to dispense the icing out of the can and use a piping bag and Wilton 1M tip, which I think makes really nice swirls for topping cupcakes. Unfortunately, it also uses a lot more icing than a smaller star tip, and I found I was only able to ice 9 cupcakes with one can of icing, which made it a pretty expensive way to decorate. I had intended to ice all the vanilla ones in blue, but was unable to get more blue icing. I had enough in the cupboard to ice 6 of the 9 vanilla cupcakes I needed using the small star nozzle that comes with the can, and iced the remaining 3 in cloud white icing (I needed 9 vanilla and 9 chocolate cherry cupcakes to fill my cupcake stand which Mum borrowed for the occasion). I would have preferred to ice the vanilla ones with the 1M tip too, but was unable to get more icing, so had to economise by utilising the smaller tip. I do think the chocolate ones that were iced with the 1M tip look better though.
The iced choc cherry cuppies looked so nice with their choc fudge swirls of icing, that I just left 3 of them as they were. Another 3 I sprinkled with some tiny silver cachous. The remaining 3 I sprinkled over Wilton blue sprinkles (blue coloured sugar crystals). To decorate the blue ones, 3 were sprinkled with the silver cachous, 3 had chocolate sprinkles scattered over. The 3 white cupcakes were decorated with the Wilton blue sprinkles. On the whole, I thought it looked a tad classier than my mother's planned decoration of Smarties!
My elder son is having a fundraising day next week, where the year 10 students will be selling donated cupcakes to raise money for the RSPCA, so I foresee more cupcake making in my near future!
|the completed cupcakes ready in the Cupcake Courier's trays|