These Colorful Mini Cakes are as Sweet as Spring

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They're not cupcakes. They're mini cakes. Which means they're soooooo fancy. And thanks to the magic of Russian piping tips, they're easy enough for beginners to whip up.

Elegant Mini Cakes

What You Need

1. Assemble the Cake

Cutout 3" circles from a baked and cooled sheet cake. Using 3 mini layers per cake, stack and fill 'em with buttercream and fresh fruit. (Remember these are small ... so if you're serving a crowd, make many of them!)

2. Ice it Up

Crumb coat and frost your cake. We're going for a rustic finish here, so you'll want to stop smoothing out your buttercream before it looks perfect. (You can also go back and "rough it up" a little bit with an off-set spatula, if you're craving more texture.) Push clusters of white sugar pearls into the side of the cake, as desired.

3. Pipe the Flowers

Fill a piping bag fitted with a Russian piping tip with colored buttercream. (We used different shades of pink on each cake to create an ombre look when they're all displayed together.) To work the Russian tip, simply hold your bag vertically while touching the surface of your cake with the tip. Pipe smoothly and gently as you lift the tip up off of the cake. You should be left with a gorgeous buttercream floral as you pull up. (How's that for easy?)

4. Add Leaves

Add green buttercream to a piping bag fitted with a leaf tip and finish your cake with lovely green frosting foliage.

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