|Yes, I am aware it is not accurate. Sorry.|
|Credit goes to my brother-in-law Aaron for finding this recipe.|
But since I have a lot of those tools anyway, I used them. So I picked a cute, simple design (my mother says I never do anything simple) and went with it - even though it had nothing to do with winter or NYE. Hello sunflowers!
I made devil's food cupcakes and covered them with green frosting. Next I got out some chocolate cremes (Jewel brand oreos) and some mini oreos. Using my favorite tip (oh yeah, the leaf tip!), I added some petals on the top and bottom parts of the cookie. The petals were supposed to be orange and yellow together. But the frosting kept coming out only orange and then only yellow. But I think the mixture turned out okay.
|Some had three mini oreos!|
The recipe said to use candy for the leaves. But you know me and leaves. So I decided to just pipe them using buttercream and my ever faithful leaf tip. The ladybugs were the final touch.
|Big, fat leaves. Well, maybe not so fat.|
The grass tip is another one of my favorites. It just looks so cool. Like grass! I was worried about the ladybugs because it is really really really hard to get red frosting. It always just ends up looking pink. So how does one ever achieve red frosting, you might ask? One buys it at the store.
As I kept adding more and more food coloring into the frosting, I was mentally kicking myself for not just buying some. The color you see is supposed to be Christmas Red. Right. More like hot pink.
As I was working on them, my friend's son, Noah, entered the room. Noah loves to look at my cakes. He also loves taste-testing by sticking his finger in the cake (he's three). But he saw me working on the cupcakes and exclaimed, "It's a ladybug!" I was so happy I wanted to hug him! If a three-year-old (albeit a smart one) could tell it was a ladybug, then I guess I did alright.
Now my mother was concerned that I wasn't going to finish the cupcakes in time for the party. I don't know why she was so worried. I mean - I was just making these simple cupcakes. Piece of cake! But, since my mother is usually very wise, I decided to finish up the cupcakes quickly with some quirky designs of my own.
Well I think everyone enjoyed the cupcakes and thought they looked cool. My nephew immediately claimed one of the grass cupcakes with two ladybugs. No one seemed to notice the lack of a NYE theme. Whew.
And so I leave you with this last picture, which I think is kind of cool:
Happy New Year!!!