To make things easier I used this pumpkin mix. Since I am always looking for ways to add some nutrition, I added some toasted walnuts, some raisins and did a cream cheese topping. The topping is great because, had we not wanted to try out the tips, I would have not frosted the cupcakes, and they would have been much healthier - but for my dear granddaughter with a sweet tooth, not as good!
Use your favorite buttercream frosting recipe, but I must let you know this frosting needs to be as stiff as you can make it, or the "flowers" will collapse. I prefer gel paste coloring as I think you get the best colors with the gel.
Cupcakes ready for the oven...
Cooled and ready to frost.....
I just used a leaf tip for the green and picked out at random one of the Russian tips - ready to get to work!
Tada, not wonderful but right away I see this could be very easy if my buttercream had been stiffer.
#2 a little better, need practice...
My darling Belle did one - in her adorable vintage apron from dear Gayle - she loves the apron too! The little faces are kitties!
All done and in very quick order too!
Here they are and you cannot tell in the photo they are quite large so just use one of the plastic pastry bags and cut the tip larger than normal - beware, it is easier to cut again, than to have to toss out a bag so be careful making your cut.
Cream Cheese Swirl Recipe
80z cream cheese
1/4 Cup granulated sugar
1 Lg egg yolk
2 t Pure vanilla extract
In a bowl mix all ingredients until well combined. Top each muffin with a tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture and using a toothpick or something similar, swirl the cream cheese into the cupcake and bake as your recipe/package directs.
Russian pastry tips, http://amzn.to/2fpDBs6
Gel Paste Food Color, http://amzn.to/2fDhOCf
Black & white cupcake liners: http://amzn.to/2fLVWUm
Plastic pastry bags, http://amzn.to/2eHKLI0
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