With Royal Wedding fever now in full swing, and only 4 days left until the big day I thought I'd share a few cupcakes decorating ideas I put together. Here in the UK we've been lucky enough to be given the day off as a national holiday (thanks Will & Kate!), so there will be thousands of viewing parties and the occasional street party going on so we can all help share in the celebrations. But - those parties just don't apply to the people living in the UK. That's right, all across the world friends will be getting together to watch the Royal Wedding and share in the festivities. And what better way to celebrate than with cupcakes!
For simplicities sake I decided to use Martha Stewart's One Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes, but really - is there any other way to celebrate than with chocolate cake??? These cupcakes are super easy to bake, and since they only use one bowl you can use the extra bit of time to spend decorating rather than washing up.
The best thing about these cupcakes (aside from the fact they taste amazing) is that you can make all of the decorations yourself - even the little flags! I've included a printable template for those below. Instructions for the flowers and glittery balls are also below.
Martha Stewart's One Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes
3/4 Cup (94g) Cocoa Powder
1 1/2 Cups (188g) Flour
1 1/2 Cups (338g) Sugar
1 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
3/4 tsp Baking Powder
3/4 tsp Salt
3/4 Cup (178ml) Warm Water
3/4 Cup (178ml) Buttermilk
3 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Buttercream recipe of your choice - I just used plain vanilla
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF (175ºC). Sift together cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl. Add eggs, warm water, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla, and mix until smooth, about 2 - 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of bowl to assure batter is well mixed.
2. Divide the batter evenly among 2 lined cupcake pans (24 individual cupcakes), filling each 2/3 full. Bake until tops spring back when touched, about 20 minutes, rotating pan once if needed. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely before icing and decorating.
3. Pipe big swirls of buttercream icing onto the cupcakes and decorate using one of the below ideas.
Royal Wedding Sugarpaste Flowers
These flowers look a lot harder than they actually are - in fact they're super easy, but you will need a special silicone mold and flower cutters to make them. I bought my cutter and mold set a year or so ago, but unfortunately I can't find the mold on the company website anymore. The mold is called the 5 petal blossom veiner, so I'd suggest having a look around your local sugar craft supply store or eBay to see if they have it. The cutters are a set of 2 different sized petunia cutters - available here
You'll also need a few other things pictured below - edible pearls for the centers of the flowers, edible pearl lustre dust, and sugar floral paste & gel colours - both pictured here.
First you'll need to colour your floral paste with a gel paste, and then roll it out so it's nice and thin before (see here for an example) using the petunia cutters to cut out your flowers. Next you'll need to dust your flower silicone mold to prevent the flower paste from sticking - if you want your flowers to have a subtle sparkle to them dust the mold with silver lustre dust. If you'd prefer them not to have any sparkle then lightly dust your mold with cornstarch (corn flour). Place the flat floral paste flower cut out into the bottom of the mold, then place the top half of the mold on top of the bottom half and press firmly and evenly to create your flower shape. Carefully lift off the top of the mold, and then gently peel the floral paste flower from the bottom half making sure you keep it's newly formed shape. Dry them upside down for at least half an hour to ensure they keep their shape. Lastly you'll need to give your flower a center by adding an edible pearl (or silver ball). You can glue the pearls into the centers by using a tiny dot of icing.
Once your flowers are dry and your centers are stuck in place you can place them on top of your cupcakes to give them an elegant Royal Wedding look.
Glitter Covered Balls
Another one of my favourite decorations are glittery balls. These are so easy! Simply roll a tiny bit of sugarpaste into a ball using your hands. Next, brush each ball with a bit of edible glue (not pictured, but available at sugar craft stores & Hobby Craft in the UK). Once the balls are coated in edible glue, simply drop them into a jar of edible glitter and roll them around until they're entirely coated in glitter. Use tweezers to carefully pick up the glitter covered ball, tapping off any excess glitter so it falls back into the jar, and then place them on your cupcakes.
Union Jack Cupcake Flags
Now I understand that not everyone has time to order the flower mold before the Royal Wedding, or even the desire to spend the time making those little flowers. So, if you're one of those people, then these Union Jack flags are for you! They're seriously easy to make. I've done the hardest part for you be creating the flag template, which I've attached below so you can download and print it yourself.
** To download - click the orange download button on the top right hand corner of the PDP preview above.
After you've printed off the cupcake flags, simply cut them out along the faint dotted line, use a glue stick to cover the plain back side with glue and then place a toothpick in the middle of the paper & fold the paper over to form the flag. See! Told you they were simple! Now all that's left to do is sit back and enjoy the Royal Wedding!
This post also appears on the fabulously delicious website Cupcakes Take The Cake