The icing on the cake

8 Jun

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.

(You can see I didn’t seal up the bag properly, and some escaped.  No matter, we re-sealed and kept on going.)

Our colors!

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.

My seven-year-old did this!

Mmm, looks like a rose.

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.


7 Responses to “The icing on the cake”

  1. Zazzy June 8, 2012 at 6:31 am #

    Thank you for frosting your cupcakes all the way to the edge! I loathe the trendy cakes with a splort of icing in the middle and naked edges. Plus, they look fun and delicious and remind me of frosting cakes with my mom.

    • Monique June 8, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

      Sweets for a sweet memory. 🙂 And you will never see a cupcake of mine without frosting all up down and around. Those trendy icing spots just look miserly to me. Those poor half-naked cupcakes …

  2. mydearbakes June 8, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    Wow, it looks so yummy! =)

    • Monique June 8, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

      Thank you! Amazing the change just a little color can make.

  3. Andrea June 8, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    To make sure none of my icing goes to waste, I just squirt any leftover icing right out of that handy dandy little hole in the ziploc, right into my mouth 🙂

    • Monique June 8, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

      lol!! Do you make your own? I’m thinking I should perfect my home-made, so it will never run out. 😉

      • Andrea June 10, 2012 at 10:18 am #

        not very often, but yes, definitely homemade when I do … oh yum, who needs cake when you have icing?

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