I have been wanting this book from Amazon for awhile now:
So while at Lowe's I eyeballed the book and wanted some instant gratification and paid double for it. I immediately poured over each and every page, strategically skimming over the detailed instructions at the beginning of the book. I laid my eyes on the Sunflower Cupcakes and hatched a plan. That plan was carried out yesterday. Here are the results:
Do you immediately notice there are only FOUR cupcakes? I made a half a batch which are twelve for those who don't know lol. Jalen got three. These are the only one's that were presentable.
So here is what I noticed throughout the process. Don't use generic cookies in your recipes if you need them to be whole. They shed...crumble, get all over the place. BOO! So every time I touched the bag to the cookie to make a petal it would literally fall off because the cookie crumbled.
Another problem was the method used for tinting the frosting took FOREVER! So I got all A.D.D. and left the cupcake base as light green instead of a deep grass green. You literally dip a toothpick in the gel coloring then in the frosting, back and forth until you achieve the desired color. WHATEVER GAWD that took forever. Again, please keep in mind I am more of an instant gratification girl.
Also, I couldn't find green fruit roll ups ANYWHERE. If you have a stunted imagination like me, you will have a hard time finding a substitute. I used some sour flat candy and cut it with tiny scissors into leaves.
Lastly, I did go back at one point and read the directions on how to cut the tip of the bag to make beautiful little leaves and petals and I think I personally needed on more photo of how to do it. It showed a little V in the baggie....I tried, maybe I cut the hole too big? Maybe I shoulda opted for the M cut out instead of the V? OH AND the frosting was very thin :( Maybe a different brand or I could have tried to stick in the fridge for 15 minutes to firm it back up duh lol
All in all I am not sorry I paid double for the book or bought a 100 different items in order to make these four cupcakes. It was great practice. Which I needed. And fun even if it only resulted in four beautifully imperfect sunflower cupcakes.