I have no idea the last time I watched Sesame Street, but the Ladybug’s Picnic has been playing in my head. With that in mind I am going to make some lady bug picnic cupcakes.
2 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
2 tsp lemon zest (1 lemon rind)
½ cup butter
1 ¼ cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup milk
Preheat oven to 350. Prepare cupcake tin with paper liners.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and lemon zest, set aside.
In separate bowl beat butter and sugar until fluffy and light in colour. Add eggs one at a time, beating between additions, add vanilla.
Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, alternating with milk and ending with flour mixture.
Fill the cupcake tins 2/3 with cake batter. Bake at 350 for about 25 min. Let cool.
1 cup butter (softened)
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups icing sugar
red food colour
Whip butter until very soft, it will look almost white. Add the icing sugar and starting on low incorporate the icing sugar. Once incorporated add the vanilla and beat on high speed for 10 minutes.
Attach giant rose tip (wilton 127D) to icing bag. Place in jar and fill with icing. Seal end of icing bag with elastic. I do these two steps whenever I work with icing, it really helps to keep my hands clean from sticky icing.
Pipe giant rose directly on half the cupcakes.
Microwave the remaining icing for about 10 seconds until in melts just a bit. Dip the cupcake straight into the icing, and let the excess drip off. Repeat with the remaining cupcakes. If you want a thicker topping you can re-dip the cupcakes once the icing has hardened.
Pink Fondant Ladybugs
decorator flower stamens
Take approximately ¾ tsp of white fondant for the body, (size of a grape) roll into a ball and press flat on top to form the base. Using a round fondant tool make a small depression in one end of the body for the head. If you don’t have a fondant tool a chopstick would work or your pinkie finger.
Take about ¼ tsp of white fondant, and roll into a ball about the size of a large pea. Place the head in the depression. If it won’t stick add a tiny bit of water.
Roll out about 1 tsp of pink fondant, into a general round shape, cut one end square and make a v shaped cut in the other side. Place the square side around the ladybugs neck and smooth out, cut off excess fondant (keep stored in plastic wrap all the time so it doesn’t dry out). With your fingers gently press out the pink fondant to form the wings.
Using a slot tool or a butter knife make an indentation at the seams of the pink and white fondant.
Bend the flower stamens over, and insert into the head of the ladybug. Smooth the indentation over with your fingers.
Roll the fondant thin and cut out with a fondant butterfly mold. Make a simple form using tinfoil to shape the butterflies.
Use a small fondant lace form to make the fondant lace. Roll the fondant first, dust the form with cornstarch, roll until you just see the form of the lace showing through the fondant. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Remove from form, and trim off using the shaping tool. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Place all the fondant pieces on your cupcakes.