Monday, April 5, 2010

April Cupkins - Spring Swirl Cupcakes

It's the first Monday of the month!  Welcome to the April edition of CUPKINS, a collaboration between Meg at Mega•Crafty and I.  Each month, Meg shares a muffin recipe and I share a cupcake recipe with the same theme.  This month's theme is SPRING!

Spring Swirl Cupcakes
These are more of a technique than a recipe - I'm swamped this month!  These swirled cupcakes are as much fun to make as they are to eat though - and kids are amazed by them!  

How to:   

Using a vanilla cupcakes recipe, make cupcake batter then divide the batter into two seperate bowls.  Add food coloring of your choice to each bowl.  I used pink and yellow.  When filling your cupcake liners, add one color first, then the other, using a spoon or small measuring cup.  Continue to alternate
colors until your liners are 2/3 full.

Bake per cupcake recipe directions and allow to fully cool.  Look how pretty they are inside!

To Decorate:

Keep it simple.  Swirl on some frosting using a ziploc bag instead of a piping bag.  Cut the tip off a corner of the bag to use to pipe.  I used plain white frosting for this part.

With smaller ziploc bags of each pink and yellow frosting, cut a very small tip off one corner of the bags - as small as you can.  Pipe pink circles to make the flower petals, and yellow circles to make the center of the flowers.

These would be perfect for Mother's Day, too!  The swirl technique can be used in many color combination's for different holidays and events.  Check out examples here and here.

Now hop on over to Meg's place to see her Daffodil Lemon Muffins... they are absolutely AMAZING!


Meg@MegaCrafty said...

Joanne- I love this technique! They look so cool when you break them open. I bet kids would have so much fun making and eating these.

Maiden Jane said...

Such a cute result! I will share with my daughter and she is my cupcake baker! Thanks so much!

Gabrielle @ i.craft said...

I LOVE your cupcakes!! They are just perfect! I hope you have a great week!

Ashley @ The Creative Place said...

Your cupcakes always look amazing. I'm calling my hubby right now to see if he'll bring me home a cupcake mix. I seriously crave cupcakes every time I visit your blog (which of course, is quite often!!!) :)