Sometimes, as followers of my Instagram are already aware, I take a break from sugar flowers to make other things, like sugar cookies and cupcakes.
And such was the case last week, when I whipped up a batch of cookies and cupcakes. Now, as anyone who knows me already knows, I am a procrastinator. So I maaaay have stayed up until 2am the night before making these babies. I am also a bit of a perfectionist and might've redone the cupcake decorations a couple times. I also messed up two of the cookies, but that's why I made extra!
Man, I forgot about how much I enjoyed cookie decorating. Maybe it's just because of how much I love piping, or maybe it's all the fun colors and shapes you can make cookies, but I find it really enjoyable (maybe not at midnight, but hey that's what energy drinks are for).
The sugar cookies also gave me a bit of trouble because my rolling pin is all packed up (d'oh!) and I used a pint glass to roll out, oh, about 2 cookies at a time. Not my smartest moment, but I did use what was on hand to the best of my ability. And luckily my icing tips and piping bags were not already packed up; they would've been a lot harder to substitute!
And can I just talk about the icing on those cupcakes for a second? Duuuuuuude. I don't know what I did differently. I made Italian Meringue Buttercream like I always do, but sometimes the recipe comes out really buttery and not in a sweet, creamy icing kind of way. But this time? It was perfect. Light... fluffy... sweet but not too sweet... a hint of butter flavor, and not like hit-you-in-the-face-with-a-pound-and-a-half-of-butter flavor. I did throw a pinch of kosher salt in there (although I always try to do that?) Maybe it's just that I mixed the hell out of the frosting (because maybe I forgot about it while decorating cookies, I dunno) and the flavors all had time to really come together and get friendly.
Whatever it was, it tasted pretty amazing with the dark chocolate cupcakes I baked.
And speaking of baking, can I just talk about the cupcake liners for a second? I bought some stripey gray and white liners (party colors) from Sweets and Treats, which claims that their liners are grease-proof and once you bake in them, the liners don't disappear on you. Like when you have some bright blue Spongebob liners and you bake chocolate cupcakes in them and afterwards you just have some translucent chocolate colored liners. But ho-ly cow. I was super skeptical but these liners held up to the darkest chocolate batter known to man, and those liners came out perfect. I was so excited! So hats off to Sweets and Treats. Go give them all your money!! (I wish they paid me to say that, but I'm just a very excited fan/customer of theirs)
Anyway, all the late nights and messy kitchen cleanups were worth it. Everyone at the party thought they were a hit, and it was a fun break from sugar flowers.