Wednesday, September 28, 2011

How to make Miniature Big Bird Cupcakes

This is a complete tutorial of how I made theses adorable miniature Big Bird cupcakes for my daughter's second birthday. They were a hit and super easy to make!

This is what you will need:
  • Miniature cupcakes (Try and match the wrappers to the character.)
  • Vanilla Frosting
  • Decorating bags
  • 4 Couplers
  • Decorating Tip #101, #12, #8, #5
  • Yellow, Orange & Pink gel food coloring
  • Miniature Chocolate chips
All supplies needed to make these Big Bird cupcakes can be purchased {HERE} 

You can either use store bought vanilla frosting or make your own vanilla butter cream frosting. Recipe can be found {HERE}.  Section your vanilla frosting into 4 separate bowls in order to tint the frosting. Add the yellow coloring a little at a time, until you have reached the color of Big Bird's Feathers. Add the orange until you get the correct shade for his beak. Now for the inside of his beak I added both orange AND pink to the frosting, to get the bright pinkish, orange color I used. You can leave the last part plain white, since this will be used for the eyes.

Fill you decorating bags and get all your tips ready to decorate!  With tip#101 on your Yellow frosting get ready to pipe the feathers around the rim of the cupcake. You may want to practice on a piece of wax paper in order to get the feel of it first.

I created this by simply zig zagging the frosting up and down, so it laid upon it self. If there is a name for this technique, I have no idea what it is, I just thought it looked like feathers so I went with it. 

Keep going around, until the entire surface of the cupcake is covered.

Now lets add the beak. With tip #8 on your orange frosting create a "V" shape in the middle of the cupcake.

Now with tip #5 on the orange/pink concoction :) make a smaller "V" on the inside of the beak. You tweak this a bit after it sets using a spatula to add in definition, if you like.

With tip #12 on your white frosting add the eyes, above the beak.

Add the miniature chocolate chips...and you are done!

And there you have it..now just join him with the rest of his buddies and you have created the hit of the party!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If you have any questions or just want to say hello to let me know you were here, please feel free to leave a comment below!

Happy Cupcaking!

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