I’m feeling sweet this week, so let’s keep it going with my kid-friendly, not-fussy, at-home-and-easy trick for icing cupcakes. Start with your plain icing — home made or store bought, either will do:
Assemble your colors — I use Ateco Spectrum gel colors. The gel is intense and you only need a little to get a great color (and it’s not as messy as liquid colors). Works great on Easter eggs, too.
Icing in a sandwich bag (a ziplock works best) with a dot of color:
And get to mixing — this is the kid-part of the activity — close up the bag and they can mush and mix away.
Now make a small snip at the corner of your bag, and use it as a piping bag. You can see the color is still a bit marbled in this batch, but it ended up looking pretty cool that way — the first cupcake had a slight tie-dye effect.
Working with the kids (or standing back and letting them work) we came up with some fun and colorful cupcakes. If there’s icing left over, fold over the cut edge to seal the bag shut and put it in the fridge. Next time you want to use it, pull it out and let it warm to room temperature and then go forth and frost once more.