They're not cupcakes, they're mini cakes. Which means they're ultra-fancy. And thanks to the magic of Russian piping tips, they're easy enough for beginners to whip up.
Pastel Mini Cakes
What You Need
- Sheet cake (use your favorite recipe )
- Circle cookie or pastry cutters (we used 3" sized)
- Swiss meringue buttercream
- Fruit preserves and berries (optional)
- White sugar pearls
- Tinted buttercream in colors of your choice (for the flowers)
- Green-tinted buttercream
- Leaf piping tip
- Russian piping tip
- Disposable piping bags
1. Assemble the Cakes
Cut out 3" circles from a baked and cooled sheet cake. Stack three layers per cake, spreading buttercream and fresh fruit between each layer.
Remember, these cakes are small — if you're serving a crowd, it's a good idea to make a bunch.
2. Ice 'Em Up
Crumb coat and frost your cake.
You want the cakes to have a rustic finish, so stop smoothing 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 the cake, resulting in a gorgeous buttercream floral as you pull up.
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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