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10 Best Ways to Decorate Cupcakes


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Strawberry Butterfly Cupcakes
There are more exciting ways to use strawberries as a garnish. This recipe offers one interesting idea.
There are more exciting ways to use strawberries as a garnish. This recipe offers one interesting idea.
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Decorating cupcakes isn't all about garnishes and frosting. Why not change the shape of the cupcake itself? This method, which also comes from Melbourne, Australia's Crabapple Bakery, is a good way to add a little 3-D pop to your cupcakes. These cream-filled treats are perfect for people who don't like a lot of frosting.

Ingredients

  • 12 plain vanilla or lemon cupcakes
  • 1 cup thickened cream
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup strawberry jam
  • 6 large strawberries

(Yields one dozen cupcakes)

Directions

Prepare your cupcakes and bake them. Next, you'll want to make the cream filling, using an electric mixer to combine the cream, sugar and vanilla. Stir in the jam by hand and set the mixture aside.

Once the cupcakes have baked and cooled, it's time for surgery. Remove their tops (whatever's risen out of the pan), and cut this part in half. (These will be the butterfly wings.) Hollow out a small divot in the cupcake, and fill it with a generous dollop of the cream mixture. Top the cream with a halved strawberry, flanked by the cupcake wings. Finish with a dusting of powdered sugar.


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