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The Easy Way to Decorate Beautiful Cupcakes
The easy way to decorate beautiful cupcakes!
Course: Dessert
Author: Chris Scheuer
Ingredients
  • cupcakes
  • colored sugar s
  • buttercream icing
  • marshmallows about 16-18 for each cupcake
  • scissors
  • cooking spray or oil
  • sprinkles non pareils,
Instructions
  1. Frost 1 cupcake at a time with a fairly thick layer of buttercream icing. It doesn't have to be fancy but try to keep a nice shape and cover to the edges with the icing.
  2. Place colored sugar in a medium-size shallow bowl.
  3. Place a small amount of sprinkles in a small bowl.
  4. Spray the blades of a clean scissors with cooking spray or wipe lightly with a paper towel that's been dipped in oil. Wipe off any excess oil. (If blades of the scissors begin to get sticky at any point, just wash the scissors with hot water, dry well and repeat oil.
  5. Cut about 16-18 marshmallows in half, diagonally and add them to bowl with sugar. Stir to coat sticky, cut side of marshmallow halves with colored sugar.
  6. Cut 1 marshmallow in half crosswise and place sticky side down into sprinkles (or non pareils). Push down on marshmallow half to enlarge it to a circular "button". Remove from sprinkle bowl and set aside. Repeat with other half.
  7. Beginning at the outer edge of the frosted cupcake, place marshmallows all the way around the cupcake. When you apply them, pinch the end facing outwards for the "poinsettia look". When the outer circle is complete, move in and do the same thing again. The last circle of petals should be right around the "button". (I use 14-16 "petals" around the outer edges. 10-12 around the middle circle and 6-7 around that surrounds "the button.)
  8. With your hands slightly cupped, gently shape the flower so that it's circular and some outer petals aren't sticking out.
  9. Repeat procedure for remaining cupcakes.
  10. The video in the post above demonstrates all these steps.
  11. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Use a good, tasty cupcake recipe and a delicious buttercream icing. Not everyone is crazy about marshmallows but they can pull the petals off and have a wonderful cupcake underneath!
Use any colored sugar you like or multiple sugars. It would be pretty to do the petals in different shades of the same hue for an ombre effect.
You can color your own sugar! Just fill a small jar about half full with regular granulate sugar. Add a drop of food coloring at a time and shake, shake, shake! Add more food color to achieve a darker color, drop by drop. If you used gel food color, stir the mixture with a spoon instead of shaking. Keep pushing the sugar against the walls of the glass jar as you stir, till all the gel food color has been distributed.
It's fine to make all the marshmallow "petals" before you get started with the decorating but frost each cupcake as you go. If the icing hardens with will be more difficult for the marshmallow "petals" to adhere.
If you pinch the outer tips of "the petals" as you're placing them on the cupcake you'll get a different looking flower than if you keep them rounded.
This would be a really fun project to do with kids!