Christmas Ornament cupcakes are probably the easiest, simplest and quickest to make. Yes, quickest. They make perfect holiday gifts or treats for family and friends. Here is a simple step by step to get you excited.
What says Christmas to you? I our home it's the Christmas ornaments!! My home is filled with Christmas ornaments. My kids love Christmas ornaments ! I love them too!. I have a little bowl filled with these on the side table which gets picked up and played with a lot.
So, yeah I live in Bauble land some times. Yup! I love to call them Baubles and grew up calling them Christmas Baubles.
Often I try to incorporate some form of Christmas ornaments in my cakes too!! This year again I made some Christmas ornament Cupcakes as give away for the kids teachers, escorts, husbands colleagues.
I thought I'd share with you a few progress pictures of the Christmas ornament cupcakes - just to show you how easy they are to make.
How to make Christmas ornament cupcakes
Bake your favorite cupcakes
- This time, I made three different types of cupcakes.
My vanilla creme cupcakes with American buttercream, coffee caramel cupcakes with coffee buttercream, milk chocolate cupcakes with Irish coffee buttercream.
I have many cupcakes and frosting recipes on this blog and almost all would work.
- Next, you going to frost them into a dome shape.
- I find using an ice-cream scoop works great for this. Just place a dollop of Buttercream with the ice-cream scoop then use a spatula to smooth the edges.
- Place them in the fridge to chill.
- I use a plastic / cling wrap on the top to get a smooth surface.
- Next, roll some colored fondant drape them with sugar paste.
- I use a round cutter about two sizes bigger than my cupcake to cut out the circle.
- You can also use a textured rolling pin or a texture mat to make the simplest Christmas ornament cupcakes.
- Use you hands to smooth the top gently.
- Next - This is optional but not necessary. Brush the top of your cupcakes with some dry or wet luster dust. Here I am using some Pink luster dust with vodka.
Note : Again it's optional not necessary. Please keep in mind that some edible dusts are non toxic but still not considered edible.
- I brushed the first 12 with luster dust but not the next twelve.
- These are with edible luster dust and vodka.
- And smoothed with the palm of my hands.
Here you can see I have some pretty plain and textured ones:
Time to decorate the cupcakes
The possibilities are endless. Use what ever you can find in your cake decorating box. Molds, cookie cutters, piping tips, stencils, edible colors to paint,Here I am using these scroll molds and some Bas Relief molds I have. As well as my Snow Flake Cutters.
I personally like to use golden yellow as a base for things that will be painted gold and off-white or grey for things that will be painted with silver.
And I am using the edible gold metallic from Magic Colors. The gold effect is a little less but since these are cupcakes I wanna make sure I use the FDA approved edible gold and silver.
Making the head and string
- You can add the Bauble Heads before or after depending on the design you choose.
- Use a round piping tip or just mold freehand.
- Chocolate Resis cups are also great for this.
- For freehand molding - Make a ball - flatten it.
Attach with a drop of water and poke it with the back of your paint brush to give the center indent. The string is just a thin sausage. Then paint gold or silver.
Here you see they are decorated and painted first.
Here I choose to have fun with my edible gold and silver paints.
Top dry with a make up brush. Bottom wet with a pain brush.
and Voila! You have some pretty Christmas ornament cupcakes.
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