I got a call from one of my friends who wanted a dozen custom cupcakes for his girlfriend's birthday. Awww... how sweet :)
Basically my only orders were to put specific letters on the cupcakes. I wanted to try making fondant letters but when I went to buy some fondant they were out (and I wasn't bold enough nor did I have enough time to try making my own fondant). So, next best thing... Wilton candy melts and chocolate. I melted and cooled the candy melts and chocolate, spread it out on some wax paper and cut out circular shapes with a mini cookie cutter. Then, spelled out the letters with frosting.
I was trying to make the Tiffany's blue color for the icing but didn't really work out. I quickly realized that I didn't have the right shade of blue and green to start off with. Darn. Don't ask me why but whenever I think of a boy giving a girl something... I picture a Tiffany's blue box! Did you know that the "Tiffany Blue" color is protected as a color trademark by Tiffany & Co.? Nice.
After much trial & error, I've learned a lot about buttercream. I noticed that most recipes out there call for way too much powdered sugar. Also, the temperature that your butter starts off at and how long you're mixing for is pretty important if you're going for a specific consistency. And as always use good & pure vanilla. Happy baking!