Am I obsessed with dessert? Maybe? Well, yes and no. I love dessert, I don’t eat it as often as I would like to, but I do love baking, which gives me the opportunity to photograph the yummy desserts I make.
This week I was on a mission to learn how to pipe frosting. I had never done this before and was a bit apprehensive whether I could even master this beautiful way of cupcake decorating.
I took a ride to Joann Fabrics (in my experience the sales people there are always so knowledgable and helpful) I was hoping someone there could explain what was needed to frost a cupcake, and happily I was right! The sales lady not only explained how to achieve this pretty topping, but she also said, once you try it you will love it, she was right! Begin on a paper plate she explained, never on the cupcake. I found a YouTube video, that showed me exactly how to fill the pastry bag, how to fit the nozzle on the bag and how to pipe the buttercream on the cupcake.
After my trip to Joanne Fabrics, I went to Home Goods to find the perfect paper cups. Home Goods has some of the most interesting plates, cups, well everything. I was able to find pretty paper cups and also some very pretty plates, and dish towels. Of course, this was all in preparation of my baking Saturday I had planned.
Saturday was a success! I got up early, went for a workout, came home, showered and began working on the cupcakes. I had all of the ingredients at room temperature, organized and was ready to begin. After the cupcakes were baked and cooled, I made the buttercream, now I am not a huge fan of buttercream, I always find it to be too sweet, but it’s what was called for on the cupcakes, so buttercream it was! I made the buttercream, the cupcakes were now cooled so the piping could begin.
I did as the lady at the store said, I began on a paper plate and after two or three tries, I felt ready to pipe on the actual cupcake. It was tons of fun, sticky, but I truly did enjoy piping the frosting on the cupcakes. I do think, there is room for improvement, as not all of the piping was as good as I would have liked it to be, but I did enjoy it and will definitely pipe frosting again.
Not only did the cupcakes look pretty, they tasted yummy too! My daughter thought they tasted like a muffin my mom made, I think she was right, these cupcakes were made with cake flour and so were my moms muffins. All I know is they sure were good, even the buttercream was good. The cupcake was not as sweet as a traditional cupcake and the buttercream added just the right amount of sweetness.
A successful Saturday for sure! Tons of fun, and dessert for Sunday’s dinner.
With gratitude, thank you for stopping by . . .
Copyright 2021 Debra Nancy photography
A visual storyteller. I use flowers, tea cups, cake plates and various props to tell still life stories. I grew up in the city, but I have lived in the suburbs for over 30 years. Living close to the beach and a local small village has given me the opportunity to tell my story through photographs.