When I worked in a Retail environment I used to make cupcakes for all my fellow employees on their birthdays. Nothing really has changed, I still love making cupcakes whenever I get the chance. I always like to work with a theme and in keeping to that I attempted to make some Super Hero inspired cupcakes.
To achieve the results that I wanted I thought that I would make both cookies and cupcakes. I took my inspiration from Captain America thought that I would decorate the cookies as his shield and the cupcakes in red, white & blue.
To get started I thought I would make the cookies. This was going to be more than a one day job and once the cookies were iced they could hang out in the fridge for a few days.
I made the Vegan Sugar Cookie dough, rolled it out and cut it into circles using the smallest circular cookie cutter I had. At the time I was thinking that these shields would sit on top of the cupcakes so I wanted to make sure they would be small enough to fit. I only made twelve cookies and put the rest of the dough in the freezer to make something another day.
After transferring the cookies to a rack to cool, I started to make the icing. Once it was ready I divided it up based on how much would be needed for each colour. Red and blue would need the most. I coloured the icing then transferred it to sandwich bags so I could pipe.
I started from the inside out, blue icing first. I had bought a star shaped candy mould in order to make the stars for the middle of each shield. I wanted to make sure to make the blue area in the middle would be big enough to hold the star.
Making perfect circles with icing proved trickier than I had thought, I started with the outline and filled it in, but the icing must have been just a touch too runny because it moved a bit while drying.
While the icing was setting I moved on to the stars, I melted some white chocolate in my preferred method of using the sink. Then I poured it into the moulds. I should have taken a little more care to make the stars thin. I thought that after the fact I could shave them down a bit with a hot knife, it did not work out.
To finish the cookies I mixed some silver luster dust with some lemon extract to make a paste (you need very little liquid for this) and then painted it on the white circles of the cookies.
I wanted to do this for the stars as well, but didn’t realize at the time that luster dust doesn’t stick to chocolate. I gave it my best try by painting on some dust dry and then painting on the paste. I would do something different if I were to do this again. I kept the leftover blue icing to use to stick the stars to the cookies.
For the cupcakes I bought some shiny blue papers and they worked out really well. I made the same chocolate cupcake recipe that I made a few weeks ago.
For the icing instead of piping each colour separately I wanted to have them come out together but not mix. I saw someone else use this method and really wanted to try it out. I mixed up some Vegan Buttercream and separated it into three equal parts, colouring one blue and one red.
Laying out a sheet of cling film I scooped each colour out in a line one after the other. I did this widthwise but should have done it lengthwise. I didn’t leave enough space at the one end to seal in the icing properly.
After spreading them out I wrapped up the film into a cylinder, twisted one end closed and trimmed the other end so the icing was exposed.
I put a star tip on a piping bag then inserted the icing cylinder and away I went. I would recommend taking a piece of parchment and doing some testers before moving to the cupcakes. After a few goes the colours start to all come out at the same time.
In the end the cookies looked ok, and I thought the cupcakes looked great. I didn’t end up putting the cookies on top of the cupcakes.
Have you ever tried Super Hero baking?
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