Lately I’ve been obsessed with baking cupcakes and even more obsessed with finding different recipes and ideas for decorating them. I often troll Pinterest when I need some baking inspiration and the other day during one of my Pinterest crawls, I found this design by Two Sisters Crafting. I was immediately inspired and grabbed some cookbooks and began figuring out what type of cake and icing I wanted to use.
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For the cake, I grabbed my trusty “Nerdy Nummies” Cookbook and decided on Rosanna Pansino’s Chocolate Cake recipe. I loved that the recipe called for sour cream because I think it just makes the cake so much more moist and decadent! As the recipe is written it will make 24 cupcakes but you could cut that in half if you only want to make 12. I made the 24 because my husband takes most to work for his co-workers to devour.
In my spare time I’ve been watching YouTube videos on baking and making cakes. That’s actually how I discovered Rosanna Pansino’s cookbook. A recent addition to my subscription box is Yolanda Gampp’s channel “How to Cake It”. She has a recipe for Italian Meringue Buttercream that is so soft and light, I HAD to try it in this application. I swear it has the texture of whipped cream but the flavor of buttercream.
Once you’ve prepared the icing you will need to separate it into 4 equal parts. Three will be colored and one will remain white. I chose to eyeball my colors vs. following the instructions that are in the post by Two Sisters Crafting. I used Wilton Gel Icing Colors and some of the Wilton Color Right Performance colors and put the tinted icing in 4 piping bags equipped with a Wilton 2D tip. Then it’s just a matter of piping each color from darkest to lightest. I topped them with some fall sprinkles and ta-dah!
I absolutely love how they turned out! You don’t have to go to the extremes that I did making everything from scratch; you could use a box cake mix with a tub of white whipped icing and just tint the icing the different colors. You’d easily cut your time in half by doing so!
If you liked this design, please go check out Two Sisters Crafting and say hello! Don’t forget to use the Pinterest friendly photo below to pin these cupcakes!