It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It is almost Christmas and, of course, it is the time for baking. Cookies, cakes, cupcakes…you name it.
As always, I signed up to make cupcakes for my daughter’s preschool Christmas party. I wanted to pipe a Santa Claus face on the cupcakes. After searching the internet for some techniques, I was ready for my own design.
I baked cupcakes following a delicious recipe for Red Velvet cupcakes. Instead of using red food coloring I used green one. They turned out beautifully. Now it was time to whip up some icing and get the decorating started. This time I took pictures of every decorating step, so it will be easy to follow.
1. First, I colored some icing with Wilton gel in copper, which is used for light skin tone. I spread the icing over a little more than half of the cupcake. This will be the face. I did not cover the whole cupcake, because I do not like too much icing.
2. Next, I used red icing and tip #12 to pipe the Santa hat. It is a little tricky to achieve a real deep red icing. You need to use a lot of color so the icing does not appear pink. I started with a chocolate buttercream, which makes it a little easier to get a deep red.
3. The third step is to pipe the big dot at the end of the Santa hat and the white beard and hair around the face. When I finished adding the white icing (again using tip #12) I dotted some extra icing on the hair and beard to give it a more natural texture.
4. Last, I colored a little amount of piping gel black. With tip #3 I put in the eyes and mouth to complete the face. Voila, the Santa Claus cupcake!
It took some time to finish these cupcakes, but it gets easier and faster as you go and get used to the technique.