Sunday, February 19, 2012

Easter Calla Lily Cupcake Tutorial & Recipe!!

With Easter right around the corner, I thought I'd share with you a quick Easter Calla Lily Cupcake tutorial and my delicious Coconut Macaroon cupcake and frosting recipes!  Enjoy!



Step 1: Roll out your white fondant or gumpaste to 1/8” thick. Use a calla lily cutter or a heart shaped cutter to create the calla lily.
Step 2: Form the cut-out heart (point side down) around the plastic calla lily former (you can buy one of these at Michael’s or AC Moore). You can also use an ice cream cone! Let dry for several hours.
Step 3: Let your calla lilies dry for several hours. I let them sit in this very sophisticated decorating tool called an egg carton!
Step 4: Roll some yellow fondant or gumpaste into a small oval approx 1” long.
Step 5: With a food-safe artist’s brush, brush one half of the yellow oval with water. Then roll it in some yellow sanding sugar. The sugar will only stick to the wet side.
Step 6: Place the oval inside the dried calla lily (sugared side out). You may need to brush some extra water to get it to stick inside the flower.
Step 7: Roll out some green fondant or gumpaste and cut out the calyx. You can also use a small star cutter for this step. Brush some water on to get it to stick to the end of the calla lily. At this point you can also brush on some silver or yellow luster dust to the tip of the calla lily for added dimension and interest.

Loren’s Coconut Macaroon Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter or margarine, at room temperature
2/3 cup granulated sugar, sifted
2 large eggs, separated
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup low-fat (1% milk fat) milk
1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
Sifted confectioners sugar (optional)

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Lightly coat eighteen 2 1/4 inch muffin cups with the cooking spray or insert cupcake liners. Sift the flour and baking powder onto a sheet of wax paper and set aside. In a large bowl, cream the butter with an electric mixer set on medium speed. Gradually add about 1/2 cup of the granulated sugar in small amounts, beating until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks and almond and vanilla extracts and beat until well combined.

2. In a perfectly clean medium-size bowl and with clean beaters, beat the egg whites with the electric mixer set on high until they form soft peaks. Add the remaining granulated sugar in small amounts and beat until the egg whites are stiff and glossy but not dry. 3 Add the flour mixture and milk to the butter mixture. Fold in the coconut and egg whites and spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling them 2/3 full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Let cool to room temperature.

Coconut Frosting

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup reduced coconut milk, room temperature
Seeds scraped from 1 split vanilla bean or 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut, lightly toasted (for garnish)

Using electric mixer, beat butter in large bowl until smooth. Add sugar, 1/3 cup reduced coconut milk, seeds from vanilla bean, and salt. Beat on medium-low speed until blended, scraping down sides of bowl. Increase to medium high and beat until light and fluffy.
Using pastry bag fitted with large star tip, pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes. (Alternatively, top each cupcake with 2 tablespoons frosting. Using small offset spatula, swirl frosting over top of cupcakes, leaving 1/2-inch plain border.) Sprinkle with coconut. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Store in airtight containers; chill. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Enjoy!

9 comments:

  1. Your cupcakes are fantastic. The flowers are gorgeous. I would use the cupcakes as a center piece on my table. Why sould I buy fresh flowers? Use cupcakes :-)

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  2. Awesome Loren! Thank you for the tutorial!!! Your stuff has been ah-maaaa-zing! I love it!

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  3. Gorgeous! Was wondering if you could guide me with directions about reducing the coconut milk.

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  4. Thanks Everyone!

    @Patty, just simmer the coconut milk until it becomes thick. Keep stirring so it won't burn! :o)

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  5. Thank you..gonna give it a shot!

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  6. The cupcakes sound delicious and the Easter Lily's are beautiful. Great tutorial!

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  7. Thaks for your time!!! Hugs from Spain

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  8. Thanks for the great tip about using a heart shaped cutter and icecream cone Loren. I love to multi-purpose my cutters instead of spending up big in the cake decorating stores...although it doesn't take much to twist my arm! Gorgeous cupcakes!

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