I know it's been awhile since my last post...sorry readers! Work's been really busy these days so I haven't had as much time for yummy creations. But I squeezed in a couple hours to do something that represented Independence Day. With the upcoming holiday, I thought it'll be fun to add some red and blue stripes to white frosting. These are red velvet with almond cream cheese frosting (I usually use vanilla extract but I had no-color almond extract on hand and used that so I could try to keep the frosting as white as possible). I have to say that I'm really loving the taste of the almond cream cheese!
I'm surprised that I don't see this technique used more often as it's a real easy way to produce a cool effect. After frosting the cupcakes, I topped them with yellow stars for the finishing touch.
To make this effect, you'll need some food color gel, a couple brushes, pastry bag and an open star pastry tip. I used No-Taste Red (regular red tastes bitter) and Royal Blue colors. I'm sure this is obvious (but just in case!) make sure to not use brushes that you used on non-edible items.
When you're "painting" the food coloring into the inside of the bag, you want to make sure that the bag is as open as possible so that your frosting goes in smoothly. Below are a few methods I use to put frosting into my pastry bags.
Hand Method: Cup the pastry bag and fold the edges of the bag over your hand.
Open the bag as much as possible.
Glass/vase method: Replace your hand with a glass. This is my favorite way as it not only frees up both hands but any frosting that comes out from the bottom is caught in the glass. If you're using a large pastry bag like a 18", use a vase.
The hubby method: You didn't think he gets cupcakes for free, did you? He needs to earn his keep! =)
This was the method that I used for this project as I wanted the pastry bag to be as smooth as possible.
So I MEANT to take some pictures of me striping the bag but I got too into it and forgot (sorry). But all I did was paint red and blue lines into the inside of the bag and then carefully inserted the frosting so that it didn't smear on the sides too much.