Today is my Gram’s 83rd birthday so I traveled to CT yesterday for a little family cookout to celebrate. I really wanted to make her something special so I looked to my new book that I got from my brother and sister-in-law for my birthday, What’s New Cupcake?. This is the second book to Hello Cupcake and they are both awesome! I thought some bright flowers would be perfect for her so that’s what I went with.
I made a basic buttermilk cupcake and filled with pastry cream (see basic recipes for both). To fill cupcakes I just cut a “cork” out from the center of the cupcake and fill it with the cream which is basically like the filling for a Boston cream doughnut…and seriously, do you now anyone who doesn’t like those doughnuts? Because I’m going to be really sad if you do because those things are the best!
Now, the book marked these as EZ cupcakes but I’ve had enough experience with Martha to know that this isn’t always true. I was extremely surprised to find out that these in fact were really easy cupcakes, even though they they are super time consuming. I had to cut 22 mini marshmallows in half on the bias and dip the sticky side into colored sugar. If it wasn’t for the help of my roommate Lenny’s little baby fingers, I’m not sure I would have been able to get through this myself. I will admit that I was a little nervous to let her help because she was drinking wine, but Lenny was a lifesaver!
Once the exhausting part of being hunched over a table of mini marshmallows and colored sugar was over, it was time to get the flowers growing. Sadly when I made the Swiss meringue buttercream (I told you this was my favorite frosting!) I tried it out and it was horrible! For some reason it tasted super salty and disgusting. Turns out stupid me bought salted butter for the frosting. Yeah, not a good thing in baking. I had to run myself out to the convenience store down the road and pay $4.99 for another pound of unsalted butter, I was kind of hoping the butter was made from gold for that price but no such luck.
I was finally able to let out a sigh of relief and remake the frosting which turned out delicious the second time. Spread a thin layer on top of the cupcake and you’re ready for the flowers to bloom. This part is super easy, you’re just sticking those marshmallows into the frosting in three layers and putting a few candies in the middle (I used Good and Plenty candy for this). And viola! You’re done! And you have a bouquet of pretty flowers that are going to impress the pants off your friends and family, but not literally I hope.
I’m telling you, if you want to impress people, these are the ones to make. The sunflowers are a real show stopper too but take a little more time and effort to make. I have to say this adventure was a success!