Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Easy Homemade Piggie Cupcakes

This little piggie went to a birthday party...
These pig cupcakes are very easy, and require only three colors of icing, and two icing tips.

They're so much fun.

What You Need:
2 dozen cupcakes*
1 batch Buttercream Icing
Pink food coloring
Black food coloring

*Note: I made these cupcakes strawberry-flavored by doctoring up a white cake mix.
I used 1 cake mix, 3 eggs, 1/2 cup melted butter, 1/2 cup pureed strawberries and 1/4 cup milk.

Click this link to find more about how I make cake mixes taste homemade.

I started by icing the top of the cupcake smooth.
My best trick for this is to use a large round tip, like Tip #1A.

Allow the icing to sit for about 5 minutes, then smooth with a Viva brand paper towel.

Add the oval-shaped snout.
Again, if you use the decorator's icing recipe, you can allow it to sit for about 5 minutes, then smooth it out with a paper towel-- or your (clean) fingers.

Make the nose holes. I used the (clean) back of the beater for my hand mixer. I had to press the skewer into the snout further than I expected to get a nice-looking circular opening.

Add the white dots for the eyes. Cover with the black dots, and add the ears, and a little mouth, if you wish.
I used a petal tip #104 for the ears, but I think using a round tip, and making triangular ears would work just as well. (I made a few of those out of the 'leftovers,' and they were cute, but I didn't take a picture of them.)

These little piggies really are about as simple as they get. They take a little bit of time, just because of all of the steps involved, but they're not hard to do!

Click the Links Below to See
Best Buttercream Icing for Decorating
How to Make Cake Mix Taste Homemade

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