Friday, July 10, 2009

S-M-L Cupcakes

Cupcakes,Frosting
If you are expecting to see cupcakes in Small, Medium and Large sizes, then you have been mislead by my post title.

S-M-L here refers to the Strawberry, Mint and Lemon frostings atop the cupcakes.
Cupcakes

I first came across the recipe for crusting buttercream about three years ago and about how you can achieve a real smooth frosted surface on a cake by using Viva paper towels. Being one with really shaky hands that can make cake decorating with any types of cream turn out looking like earthquakes, I never bothered to test out the crusting buttercream. Not until now.

Two Saturdays ago, I strolled into the basement of the Paragon Shopping Centre and spotted a popular deli there. Inside their refrigerated showcase, were some brightly frosted cupcakes that seems to be beckoning to me. The Lemon Cupcakes looked so darn pretty delicious that I had to buy one to satisfy my desires to bite into them.

It was love at first bite when I realized the frosting was a Crusting Buttercream. And so this is how it tasted! The exterior of the frosting has dried into something slightly softer then that of royal icing and it does not stick to your fingers when touched. Beyong the crusted surface, the insides are still soft. It was a much neater eating as you do not get cream sticking all over your lips. The cake though, was really nothing to shout about. DH and DS who had a bite each commented that my cupcakes tasted better. I should be pleased with the compliments but my focus then, was diverted to the frosting and not on the cake. I imagined how it would taste with different flavors added.

The following week, I had the chance to test out a batch of the Crusting Buttercream on some cupcakes for a family weekend gathering.

I flavored the frosting with strawberry syrup, mint essence and lemon paste. The results were good especially the mint and the strawberry. They crusted nicely and although it is made mostly with shortening (oh I can hear some gasps in the background), it tasted neither oily nor waxy. After the frosting has crusted, it was a breeze to handle the cupcakes. You know how fiddly it is to handle cupcakes that have been iced in regular frosting or creamcheese frosting. There is this tendency that the cream will get smudged!

Strawberry - Using Alteco #853 Deep Cut Closed Star Tip
Cupcakes,Frosting
Mint - Using Wilton #48 Basketweave Tip
Cupcakes,Frosting
Lemon - Using Alteco #195 Special Decorating Tip for Drop Flowers
Cupcakes,Frosting
The feedbacks were good compared to regular icing although some still preferred the usual creamcheese frostings that I usually make.

All packed and ready to go in my Cupcake Courier.
Cupcakes,Frosting
Cupcakes,Frosting

Postscript (1 August 2009)
At the request of several requesters, I have added information of the icing tip used for the different designs.

55 comments:

Ling said...

it look so pretty... would love to eat as many as i can.. will you be able to share the recipe?

Miwa Yutaka said...

Hi Hi,

Do you mind to share the cupcake recipe with me???

Thanks :)

Regards
Cindy Er

Rusti said...

Hi Ling & Cindy
No problem. Could I have your email address.
Ginny

Twinkle said...

Hihi, your cupcakes look really nice in colours and believe it tastes good too. Do you mind sharing the buttercream recipe with me too?

Thanks,
Twinkle

FAMILY FIRST said...

The colors are bright & cheerful! Just lovely! And the cupcake tray ..wow! So handy hor?

Lilee Ng said...

Ginny, these look so lovely. 1st time I'm dropping u a note but have been following your blog for quite a while already!

I am keen to try the crusted buttercream and would greatly appreciate if you could share the recipe with me. I want to try out for this year's Teachers's Day bakes that I always do for my 2 kids. Key question is, can it be kept at room temperature for > 24 hrs? Thanks for any tips you can advise.

Cheers, Lilee

Rusti said...

Thanks Family First.
I just love the pastel color. I have two of them. A friend hand carried them back to me from Sydney.
Ginny

Rusti said...

Hi Lilee & Twinkle
Please send me your email address.
Ginny

Anonymous said...

Hi Ginny

Do you mind sharing the buttercream recipe with me too? My email address is norainiyunos@yahoo.com.sg

Anonymous said...

Hi Ginny

Luv to be included for the recipes to your cupcakes and icing.

My email address is: vegie_mite@hotmail.com.

Thanks you in advance. :)

Ange

Lilee Ng said...

Hi Ginny, my email is lilee.ng@gmail.com.

Thanks in advance for your generosity for sharing! Will let you know the outcome once I've tried it.

Lilee

Ling said...

Hi my email is dearsotong@hotmail.com

TIA. have a good fruitful day :)

Anonymous said...

Hi

Do you mind sharing your buttercream receipe? My email address is georginatym@hotmail.com
Thank you

Anonymous said...

Hi Ginny, hv been following your blog for quite sometime but the first time dropping you a note coz I am so tempted to your beatiful cupcakes. They are lovely and would appreciate if you could share the recipes as I would like to make it for my son's BD. My email is c_ongal@yahoo.com.sg. Thanks a bunch!!
Clara

Anonymous said...

hi ginny!

yr courier box so COOL! And of course the cupcakes looks GOOD : )

chi nee

Blessed Homemaker said...

Hi,
May I have your buttercream recipe please? My email addy reenaong@hotmail.com, thanks!

karlsfoodie said...

ewww.. i lik the colour!!!! like the courier even more haha...

Anonymous said...

Hi Ginny,

I would love to have the recipe for the crusted buttercream. Thinking of baking these for my daughter's birthday next week.

my email: lin.deedee@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hi Ginny! Saw your lovely cupcakes. Do you mind sharing with me the recipe to the crusted buttercream? Very curious to know how it taste like. Thanks in advance.

My e-mail is: kristin2204@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Hi Ginny,

May I have your cupcake & crusting buttercream recipe please?

My email address is michellepeh@gmail.com

Thank you.

Best regards,
Michelle

Anonymous said...

Hi Ginny,

Do you mind sharing with me your
cupcake & crusted buttercream recipe?
My email address: yip_adeline@yahoo.com

Thank you.
Adeline

Ling said...

Ginny

Just wanna tell you, IT tasted SO good with a cup of coffee :)

Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

Anonymous said...

wow didnt know there is a box where you can stack the cupcakes nicely...

anyway the cupcakes look too nice to be eaten...

Keep up the fantastic work!!

Bdon

Evelyn said...

Hi! The crusting buttercream sound interesting and would like to give it a try. Would you please share the recipe with me? ebiscuito@yahoo.com? Thanks a mil!

Anonymous said...

Hi Ginny

Your cupcake looks super-delicous..plzzz can you share both the cupcake and the frosting with me. Thanks a million!

My email address : mummad.nabil@gmail.com

Geraldine said...

Hi Ginny,

Do you mind sharing your
cupcake & crusted buttercream recipe?
My email address: cmeihwee03@gmail.com

Thank you.
Geraldine

Anonymous said...

Hi Ginny, I like pastel colour too n yrs look so cool. Is it possible to share the recipe with me again. Thankyou in advance for yr kindness.
Yr ardent fan,
sj61@ymail.com

Evelyn said...

Hi Ginny,

Thanks for the recipe! Can I check with you if this buttercream can be prepared beforehand and leave in the fridge? When using, do I need to whip it up again before frosting the cupcakes? and finally, how long can the buttercream be kept?

Evelyn

Rusti said...

Hi Evelyn

Yes you can make this before hand. If stored correctly, the buttercream can keep for 2 weeks in the fridge. In this case, you have to rewhip before using.

When storing, you must make sure there is no air inside the container to dry up the cream. Put the cream into an airtight container, pat down the cream and put a piece of clingwrap (touching) on the cream and then seal with an airtight cover.

For me, what I did was I immediately split them into batches and color them. Then I put them directly into the plastic icing bags, press out all the air and tie it up tightly with a rubberband and store in the fridge. I just let it come to room temperature before using.

Ginny

siti arnie said...

Hi I stumble upon ur blog while i was blog hopping. Anyway I was impressed by your cooking and baking. Is it okie if your share your cupcake and frosting recipe.
Where do you actually oruchase the cupcake courier?? its cool !!
My email add roomforsquare@gmail.com
Thanks in advance

Anonymous said...

Hi Ginny,

Is it possible to share the cupcake
& crusting buttercream recipe please?
My email address: yip_adeline@yahoo.com

Thanks,
Adeline

Ange said...

Hi Ginny,

Can you share your buttercream recipe with me as well? My email add is Ange28@gmail.com.

Thank you!

Cheers,
Angeline

Anonymous said...

Hi Ginny,

I wanted to bake cupcakes for my daughter's teachers for the coming teachers' day celebration and am cracking my head worrying that the buttercream will melt before her teachers could eat them. I really appreciate if you could share your crusted buttercream with me. My email address is jassychui@yahoo.com.sg

Thank you!
Jassy

Cheryl said...

Hi Ginny,

I was led to your blog via Florence's. I am an amateur when it comes to icing on cakes... never really a fan of buttercream as they tend to get runny and messy in our heat. Your description for crusty buttercream is so clear I can imagine how well it will sit on cupcakes.

I'll love to try it out if it's not too much of a trouble for you to share the recipe? My email's cherchoo@gmail.com. Thank you very much indeed.

Best Regards,
Cheryl

XiQi said...

Hi Ginny,
My 5 years old girl gave a big "WOW" when she saw these lovely cupcakes. She asked me if I can make some for her..
Little did she know her mummy never make any cupcake before. :(
Appreciate if you can send me the recipe on how to make this cupcakes.

My email: limxiqi@gmail.com

Thanks in advanced!

Regards,
XiQi

Anonymous said...

Your cupcakes look amazing!!! Can you email the crusting buttercream recipe to me? My email is warmkittens@hotmail.com

Thanks!

Evy said...

Hi Ginny,

I stumple upon your blog while browsing for cupcakes recipe & ideas. Love how firm your crusting buttercream sit on the top of the cupcakes cause the recipe I have comes out soft and I can never do any design with it :(

Not sure it my technique / method while whisking the cream. Do you mind sharing with me your recipe too and see whether I can it firm as what you did? My email - evelynleow@gmail.com

Btw, I love your tray ... its really handy and do you know where I can find this from Sydney?

Thanks in advance
-Evy-

Anonymous said...

Hi Ginny

Luv to be included for the recipes to your cupcakes and icing.

My email address is: tlx05@yahoo.com

Thanks you in advance. :)

sprite said...

Hi Ginny

Luv to be included for the recipes to your cupcakes and icing.

My email address is: loversprite@gmail.com

Thanks you in advance. :)

Jun

Anonymous said...

Hi Ginny,

Is it possible to share the cupcake
& crusting buttercream recipe please?
My email address: hlkwa4165@yahoo.com.sg

Thanks,
Jennifer

Yee said...

Hi Ms Ginny
is it possible to share the icing recipe with me?
My add is smallchair@hotmail.com
Thks

umairah salleh said...

Mai says,
Hi Ginny chance upon yr blog recently wud u mind sharing yr cuppies n crusting buttercream receipe wz me wud apprec it very much tks in advance

My email add macho_prince @hotmail.com

PG CakeCraft said...

hi Ginny. just came across ur wonderful blog via Baking Mum. ur cupcakes look so wonderful with the colorful frostings. can u please email me ur recipe for crusting buttercream. like the previous blogger wrote, i too will really appreciate it very much & thank you for ur generosity. my email is zarmgmum@yahoo.com

COLARGOL said...

Magnifiques, bravo

Rusti said...

Merci Beaucoup Colargol.

Rusti said...

Hi Mai
Your email address macho_prince@hotmail.com does not work.
Ginny

http://kangyoufavourite.mysinablog.com said...

Hi Rusti...i love your buttercream also, would appreciate if you can email me the recipe. leongooi74@yahoo.com

I really like the cupcake courier, may I know where did you buy in Singapore? I know it sells at Amazon, I can get my friend buy for me if able to find in Singapore. Thank you very much.

wai from Penang

Mai said...

Hi Ginny
Tks n sorry for the trouble cud u email me at this email address instead dark_chocol8te@hotmail.com
i sincerely tk u fm d bottom of my heart n so very sorry for all the trouble

Mai

Mai said...

Hi Ginny

the email add dark_chocol8te@hotmail.com belongs to my daughter just to let u know in case u r wondering y the name is different tks once again

Mai

yee said...

Hi Ms Ginny,
It's awesome & mouthwatering just looking at ur cupcakes.
if u hv the time, pls share with me your crusted buttercream recipe & cupcake recipe. Thanks very much
-Yee

smallchair@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hi Ginny,

I have been following your blog for some time. The cupcakes look so lovely.

I am keen to try the crusted buttercream and would greatly appreciate if you could share the recipe of the cupcake and crusted buttercream with me. I want to try out for my niece's birthday this December. I also love the cupcake caddy, wonder where can I buy this???

Hope you can share with me.
My email address is: sim2chng@yahoo.com.sg

Anonymous said...

hi there, your cupcakse look sso divine, ei'm really curious to know where did you get that courier, i love it, its so cute and your cupcakes makes it look even better.

my email is address is renallphillip@gmail.com

yasee said...

hello... those cupcakes looks so deliciously yummy!! Would love to get your recipes for the cupcake and frosting. Thanks so much. yasybear@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hi Ginny

can i hv the recipe for the frosting and also where can i buy the cupcakes caddy. tx a million.
My email is zubaidah_alias@yahoo.com.sg

freelancertac said...

Hello Ginny!

Great looking cupcakes. And I would love to try out your Crusted Buttercream recipe. Would you be able to share it with me?

Also, did you buy your courier in Singapore? Where, please? :)

Pls email me at teresacua@gmail.com

Thank you so much!!!

Lovely day!
Teresa