Vanilla Cupcakes topped with pretty pink buttercream and shimmering pink gumpaste decorations
These cupcakes were prepared for my daughters special enrollment evening into “Sparks” which is the first level in the Girl Guides in Canada. 14 little girls dressed as princesses shook hands with the commissioner and all said the Sparks Promise “I Promise to Share and Be a Friend”
It was all super cute!
The toppers for the cupcakes are made out of gumpaste. The gumpaste has been rolled thin and then stamped for texture. I used scissors to cut the crown shapes and they dried them over a small cardboard tube so they would hold their shape. Once dried, I painted them with some pink luster dust to make them shimmer.
I don’t often measure my ingredients in the buttercream but made an exception today and actually took note of how much of everything I added 🙂 Yea Me!
Katie’s Vanilla Buttercream (this was enough to frost about 30 cupcakes with a generous amount of frosting)
- 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter at room temperature
- 6-8 cups icing sugar
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup milk
In a large bowl, beat the butter on medium speed until it’s creamy.
Add the sugar 1 cup at a time beating well after each addition.
After the 6th cup of sugar, add the milk and vanilla extract, beating until smooth. (You may need to add it before the 6th cup…I have a pretty heavy-duty mixer that can handle a lot, but if using a hand mixer you may want to add the liquid a bit earlier) At this point if the icing is holding a nice shape, you can fill the piping bag with the desired tip and frost away! If the icing is a little bit loose add powdered sugar until it’s thick enough to pipe and hold a nice shape.