A few months ago my daughter and her friend set up a successful and oh-so-fabulous cupcake boutique at our community yard sale. As soon as the last cupcake was savored, friends and neighbors started to inquire about custom cupcake orders. Being smart and entrepreneurial 14 year olds, they began to dream big! They plotted new flavor possibilities and designs, created hip business cards, and continued to faithfully watch all of the new episodes of DC Cupcakes. After a bit of market research they changed their name to "Girlie Girl Cupcakes" and their new small business was born. Today they baked, decorated, and delivered their first order of one dozen Ladybug Cupcakes.
For the last few weeks, in between Spanish projects, formal dances, and sleepovers, they contemplated their first order which will be served to a sweet class of preschoolers. Today, fueled only by a few small photos on the screen of their i-phone and a desire to succeed, they baked, mixed, and piped until their product was complete. They realized that cupcakes can be time consuming and back breaking, but they decided that they always want to deliver the best product to their customers. Hovering in the next room I got the privilege of hearing them solve problems, make decisions, laugh, and encourage one another as they created. I also got to bask in their joy as they delivered their completed product to a satisfied customer and raced back to the van with their first official payment and a tip.
Here are the steps that they used to make adorable Ladybug Cupcakes:
|Bake one batch of vanilla cupcakes. Make one batch of butter cream frosting. |
Tint 2/3's of the frosting light pink and 1/3 a darker shade of pink.
Using a sharp knife draw a line in the cupcake to outline the ladybug head.
Using the Wilton #233 tip pipe the ladybug body with light pink frosting.
|Continue piping with light pink until the ladybug body area is complete.|
|Using a sharp knife lightly slice through the light pink icing to create ladybug wings.|
|Using the Wilton #233 tip pipe dark pink frosting dots onto the ladybug body.|
|Using the Wilton #233 tip fill in the ladybug head with dark pink frosting.|
|Melt white chocolate chips. Place in a zip-lock baggie.|
Snip off the tip of one corner of the baggie.
Pipe on the ladybug eyes and mouth with melted white chocolate.
|Serve and enjoy your ladybug cupcakes!|
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