Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring cupcakes decorations (improvisation)

At last, we can see the green green grass! It is too bad that buds have not bloom yet, but I can already imagine butterflies flapping their wings to the sound of fresh breezes.

I've made cupcakes and I wanted to find a way to use the cream cheese, confetti candies and chocolate chip that I had at home. After thinking through and looking around, I came up with the idea of using them as decorations, in addition to using whatever I have at home. I usually don't enjoy frosting much due to the rich buttery texture, but this time, I find that it is pleasurable to the taste buds and palate. I have simply replaced butter with something lighter and healthier!

You will find below two recipes, one for the chocolate decoration and the other one is for the cream cheese frosting. They are both improvised recipes, meaning that I roughly measured everything.

Alright, less talk.

Chocolate butterflies
Preparation time: 2-5 minutes
Cooking time: 3-5 minutes
Ready time: 1 hours

1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 tbsp milk
Confetti candies (optional and to your taste)

1. Draw a butterfly on a piece of paper and prepare parchment paper to imprint your decorations.
2. In a bain-marie, melt the chocolate with milk. If you want to get it done quicker, you can melt the chocolate in the microwave. To my experience, bain-marie has a better outcome.
3. Mix and when the chocolate and milk are well blended, transfer the mixture in a plastic sandwich bag. Cut a corner of the bag. Depending on how precise you want to draw, you can adjust the size of the hole.
4. While it is still very warm, draw your butterfly. Put the drawing underneath the parchment paper and squeeze the chocolate on the parchment paper. In order to reduce mistakes, it is better to draw the edges and fill the inside. This process would need some quick hands, as the chocolate becomes less malleable once slightly cooled down. I simply drew the wings and the antennae.
5. Sprinkle some confetti candies while it is still soft. You may press gently to have the confetti engraved in the decorations.
6. Let it sit in the freezer for 45 minutes and it should be ready to decorate.

Cream cheese frosting
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Ready time: 10 minutes

4 tbsp cream cheese
2 tbsp greek yogurt
2 tbsp sugar
tiny splash of vanilla extract

1. In a mixer, blend the cream cheese with greek yogurt.
2. When the dairy products are blended into one another, add the sugar and vanilla extract. Whip until everything looks smooth. It is now ready to serve.

How to decorate? 
1. Make sure that the cupcake is cooled to room temperature. With a spatula, spread the frosting on top of your cupcake.
2. Take the butterfly wings and position them as desired. Add the antenna.
3. Let them sit in the fridge for an hour so that the decorations can settle. They are now ready to serve.

There are many ways of drawing your butterfly wings, here is an alternative of method!

Want to know how to make a bitter-sweet cupcake? Simply click on the image below!

Good luck and enjoy! 

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