Mother's Day Cupcakes

Mother's Day Cupcakes

Mother’s Day is a great opportunity to take time out and recognize all the wonderful mothers in the world.  Whether you are celebrating your mother, your children’s mother, or another mother-figure in your life, it can be challenging to find the perfect gift.  This year, give her something that shows you care enough to spend time, not money, to make her the perfect gift.  Mother's Day Cookies are nice, but you can get more creative with cupcakes! Cupcakes are the ideal dessert or sweet party treat for mom to enjoy.  Try these Mother’s Day cupcakes – but be careful, you may be starting a tradition!

A Flower forMom

This is guaranteed to be the most delicious flower you ever give, and it is a quick and easy project for children who want to take part.

You’ll need:

  • Vanilla frosting
  • Food coloring
  • Your favorite cupcake recipe or mix (need 7 cupcakes for one flower)
  • Sanding sugar or colored sugar
  • Green construction paper

To make:

  • Bake the cupcakes.  While you can skip baking cups, you can also add a nice touch to the final product by opting for pastels or other “flowery” colors.  Let the cupcakes cool completely.
  • Reserve a bit of frosting in a small bowl. Tint the rest with your food coloring. Start with a drop and add more color to achieve the right shade.  Ice all but one cupcake.
  • Tint the reserved frosting a different color. It can be a contrast or complement to the other hue you chose, or another shade of that same color.  Ice the remaining cupcake with this color (it will be the center of your flower).
  • Sprinkle with sanding or colored sugars.
  • Cover a cake board or piece of cardboard with aluminum foil.  Put the odd-colored cupcake in the middle and arrange the other cupcakes around it.
  • Cut a stem and leaves from construction paper and position around the “flower.”

A Bouquet of Cupcakes

Why give mom the same old flowers?  This cupcake bouquet is a sweet treat that she will love. (Idea from DIYLife).

You’ll need:

  • Your favorite cupcake recipe or mix
  • Frosting (and coloring gel, if you choose)
  • Star decorating tip and decorating bag (or plastic bag)
  • Paper baking cups
  • Skewers
  • Unused plant pot or bucket
  • Floral foam, Styrofoam, or play-dough
  • Tissue paper

To make:

  • Bake your cupcakes as usual and set them aside to cool.
  • While you’re waiting, put your floral foam, Styrofoam, or play-dough into your pot or bucket.
  • If you want to color your frosting, do it now and then put the frosting into a decorating bag or a plastic bag with the corner snipped off.
  • Frost your cupcakes with the star tip to create a rose-like look.
  • Insert skewer through the bottom of the cupcake. You want to go about halfway through the cupcake.
  • Insert the skewer into the foam or dough.  Repeat with remaining cupcakes.
  • Cover the foam or dough with tissue paper.

This project also turns out beautifully if you use mini-cupcakes.  If you want to make multiple colors, put white frosting in cups or bowls and prepare colors.

Beyond the Normal Cupcake

A special day deserves a special treat.  Try these devil’s food cupcakes with ganache frosting from BakeSpace.

Devil’s Food Cupcakes:

  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Ganache:

  • 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, a bag of chocolate chips works beautifully
  • 13 ounces heavy cream

To make:

  1. Start by making your ganache. Bring the cream to a light boil and pour in the chocolate chips. Stir continually until you have a smooth mixture.
  2. When done, turn burner off and set ganache in the fridge until ready to use (resist the temptation to taste the ganache – ouch!).

 

Note:  Ideally, you should let the ganache sit overnight – but you can let it cool in the pan and then put it in the freezer for about an hour. Keep checking on it to make sure that it hasn’t frozen.

  1. The next day, or when your ganache is in the freezer, start the cupcakes.  Preheat the oven to 375˚ and line the cupcake pan with baking cups.
  2. Whisk the cocoa and water. Set aside to cool.
  3. When cool, add the mayo and vanilla. Whisk until smooth.
  4. Combine dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  5. Beat in cocoa.
  6. Pour batter into a measuring cup with spout – it’ll be on the thin side.
  7. Fill each cupcake cup ¼ full.
  8. Make a small ganache ball and put in the center of the cupcake. Repeat with remaining cupcakes.
  9. Fill in each cupcake to about ¾ full.
  10. Bake at 375o for 15 – 20 minutes, until cupcakes are set.
  11. When cool, use the rest of the ganache to frost the cupcakes.
  12. Enjoy!

No matter what recipe you try, put in extra love and mom is sure to be happy.

 

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