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Monday, June 4, 2012

Miniature Royal Icing Cupcakes

I’m not sure if these “cupcakes” are eligible for the Guinness Book of World Records, but they sure are mighty tiny (smaller than a dime). All you’ll need to pipe them are a couple of different shades of royal icing, an open star tip #199 (it has many small teeth and is perfect for piping the “cup”), a #14 star tip, parchment paper squares, an offset spatula, and a dusting pouch filled with a 50/50 mix of powdered sugar and cornstarch. 

 Hold the tip #199 against the parchment square. Squeeze firmly while drawing the tip upwards. After just under a half-inch, stop pressure and pull the tip straight up and away.
 A peak will remain.
 Tap the offset spatula against the dusting pouch…
 … then tap it against the peak to form the flat base of the cupcake.
 Allow it to dry.
Peel it off the parchment. 
 Attach a #14 star tip to a bag of any color icing you like, and hold the tip perpendicular to the surface. Pipe a tiny swirl on top of the cupcake; start with the star tip just inside the edge.
 Allow it to dry, and serve it to dolls (or use it to decorate cupcakes, I guess!).

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