I was watching Studio 5 on KSL this morning and they had a wonderful spot that I want to share.
I think my favorite hint is the heart made out of candy canes. Others are:
• Frost cupcake with red or pink icing. Cover the top with a cornelli lace decorating technique. This technique is a freehand random lacy design made using a small round piping tip and white icing. For detailed instructions go to: www.bakedecoratecelebrate.com/techniques/cornellilace.cfm
• Wrap some cloth wrapped wire or pipe cleaner around a pencil to curl. Glue on tiny punched hearts to one end of the wire. Insert into cupcake to make it look like hearts springing out.
• Place cupcakes in a second liner after baking to create a prettier presentation.
• To make unique and fancy chocolate garnishes, melt chocolate (white or regular) and place in a pastry bag with a round tip. Pipe shapes, initials or scrolls onto wax paper and let harden. Use as a garnish.
• A cute Valentine train cupcake idea with video tutorial is found at: jas.familyfun.go.com/recipefinder/printrecipe?id=50096
• Create and place items that go with fun Valentine sayings, for example create peanut butter bees http://www.grouprecipes.com/4861/peanut-butter-honey-bees-for-kids.html and place on a cupcake with a little flag on a toothpick that says "bee mine."
• Give cupcakes in a simple box. One cupcake in a pretty box tied with a ribbon would be a nice gift. On yesterday's show there were instructions on making a box out of cardstock. Check it out.
• Remember that cupcake cakes are easy to make and a heart shape works very well. See this link: http://studio5.ksl.com/?sid=4099006&nid=59
• At the end of the show she was suggesting her favorite sites. Of course, she mentioned the Wilton decorating. One of her favorite resources is fancyflours.com, an online store. They have cupcake picks and embellishments. They also have cupcake wrappers for any holiday or party.
• She also recommended a blog she found a blog: cucpakestakethecake.blogspot.com that she loves and I want to share with you.