Monday, December 6, 2010
Yesterday was my mother-in-law's birthday. Germans are already following the advent calender and celebrating Christmas. So instead of making her a cake, I made these Weihnachtsstern (Christmas Star) Poinsettia cupcakes to celebrate.
I was admiring THIS version by Rose over at All about Cakes. Her beautiful cupcakes inspired mine.
For the cupcakes and frosting, I used THIS recipe from the Magnolia Bakery and added a few squirts of Wilton's White White to the frosting to brighten up the color.
I made marshmallow fondant using THIS recipe, divided it into three parts, two large and one small, then tinted each part using Wilton's food coloring gel. For the red I used Red No Taste. For the deep green color, I used Leaf Green with a few dabs of Black. For the yellow I used Golden Yellow.
The shapes I cut out freehand using a knife and then used it to create the indentations on the leaves and petals. I used 4 green leaves and 6 petals for each of the Poinsettias, pressing then together in the middle. Using the yellow fondant, I rolled a few tiny balls and pressed them n the middle.
I glittered them with red, green and gold disco and hologram dusts by dipping a small paintbrush into vodka and brushing on the glitter.
Every other cupcake was adorned with a fondant poinsettia. I swirled the frosting on the non flowered ones and once the icing hardened a bit, brushed on gold hologram dust.
After I arranged them on a gold platter, they looked so festive and pretty. I was glad I only decorated half of them. It gave the flowers breathing room.