I cannot even believe that it is almost Easter. Spring Break was so super cold, there was honestly nothing “Break” about it. It rained and winded, and Jon David got bored and then I told him that we’d go to the bookstore, but Lucy started crying so we didn’t go.
Then he told her she “ruined” everything, then I gave him a long lecture on how quickly a baby’s first year passes, how much he will miss it one day, but his eyes kind of glazed over and I’m pretty sure he was mentally playing Minecraft.
It’s so easy, especially around holidays, to get so lost in gorgeous food photos and blogs featuring cute crafts, we get fooled into thinking that life is really like that — cute and perfect and full of adorable and festive treats.
So please know that these cupcakes are brought to you by Skylanders on Playstation 3 (and a couple of neighbor friends who are happy to play) and a miracle 2 hour baby nap.
Also, that little bowl of jelly beans in the above photo? Lunch.
Then dirty dishes sat for 3 hours until my husband got home and helped me clean the kitchen. Welcome home, husband!! Here’s some dried up green frosting!!
Wanna know how to make these cute (and easy!!) cupcakes?
You need some stiff frosting (recipe at the bottom of the post), a #352 leaf piping tip (the one that looks like a beak), a grass piping tip, and a #5 round piping tip. These tips are some of the easiest to use — you don’t need any cake decorating skills to figure them out, promise.
Hold your piping bag at a 90 degree angle and pipe two “leaves” that stand straight up. You can pipe them towards the back or in the middle of the cupcake — it really doesn’t matter.
Pipe a pink line in the center of each ear. It’s okay if you also pipe a bit of pink frosting onto your finger and lick it. No one will even know.
Pipe some green grass all around the ears. You can place a few jellybeans in the grass if you want.
This is also about the time that your kid will be asking for Cheez Its or Nilla Wafers or whatever snack he’s always eating and leaving little bowlfuls of around the house. Related — Nilla Wafers still taste fine after sitting out in a bowl for three or fourish hours.
Not that I ever eat my kid’s leftover snacks. I just heard that from a friend.
And that’s it. Repeat as needed until you have a bunch of cute cupcakes. The end.
- 1 cup (2 sticks butter), slightly softened
- 2 TBS milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- In the bowl of a mixer, beat butter, milk, and vanilla on medium low speed until smooth. With the mixer on low, slowly add powdered sugar until just barely mixed in. Increase speed to high and beat for one minute.
- Place half of frosting in a bowl and color it green. Take about a quarter of the other half and color it pink, and leave the remaining white.
You can purchase a leaf tip HERE
You can purchase a grass tip HERE
You can purchase a #5 round tip HERE
You can purchase the adorable chevron cupcake liners HERE
I posted links to purchase supplies in the above recipe, but you should be able to find the same piping tips at any craft/hobby store that sells cake decorating supplies (like Michaels).
Enjoy and have a happy Monday!!