First of all, I must confess that cupcakes hold very little nostalgic meaning for me. I don’t remember my mom or grandmothers making cupcakes that often. And I know why – they are a pain!!! I love the creativity you can have when decorating cupcakes, but every time I make them I end up cursing and swearing to just pour the batter in a big ol' pan next time. From getting the right amount of batter in each paper cup without dribbling batter everywhere, to neatly frosting them individually, to packaging them up without them destroying them – why go to all the trouble? I guess the answer is because they are so darn cute.
|Hello bunnies, with your adorable little marshmellow ears and cheeks!|
However, I do insist on real, not canned, icing. I call it “icing” because Southerners call anything that tops a cake icing. Icing should really be used to describe more of a hard glaze that crystallizes like ice – such as an old-fashioned boiled icing. However, it’s all icing to me! A good simple buttercream is easy to make and can make even dry, mediocre cake taste delicious.
|Bunnies ready for their close-up.|
|Chirp, chirp. Eat me.|
|The eyes and nose are made from M&Ms and the tongue is half of a Swedish fish!|