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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Royal Icing Spider Cupcake

Tonight's tiny little spider cupcake was inspired by the one that comes with the Monster High Coffin Bean playset:
It's made in a similar way to the royal icing blueberry muffin. Stick a parchment square to a flower nail with a dab from a glue stick, pipe a dollop of stiff consistency royal icing in any color with a #199 star tip, stop pressure and pull the tip away… 
 …then tap the peak flat with a fingertip after touching it to a dusting pouch filled with a 50/50 mix of powdered sugar and cornstarch.
 Pipe as many as you can on the same parchment square. When they're completely firmed up, peel away the parchment.
Now it's time for the spider part! Pipe a ball of stiff consistency royal icing in any color with a #12 round tip. 
 Allow it to firm up for a while, then pipe four legs on one side with a #3 round tip. Hold the tip against the surface, squeeze while pulling the tip away for a few millimeters, then stop pressure and pull the tip away. Repeat on the other side.
 Pipe the eyes with an oval #57 tip. Hold the tip slightly off the surface, squeeze out an oval-shaped dot of icing, stop pressure and pull the tip away. Tap down a peak, if it remains, with a dusted fingertip.
 When the eyes are dry, give them some pupils with a food-safe marker like AmeriColor Gourmet Writers. These would look really cute in a scene inside a "panoramic egg" eyeball!

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