A couple of months ago, my boyfriend asked if I would mind baking him a few dozen cupcakes. I was honestly a little surprised at the request. John isn't a big fan of baked goods (I know - what is wrong with him?), so I knew they had to be for something special. As expected, he explained that his duck hunting club had its annual event that weekend, and that he had signed up to bring dessert.
Originally I had toyed with the idea of making little mallard ducks out of fondant and piping grass/water, but I decided that it would be way too much work for three dozen cupcakes. My next thought: camouflage! Brown icing on half, green icing on half....with brown sprinkles.....but what if they were mixed together? I decided to try a little experiment:
1. I made chocolate cupcakes and vanilla buttercream. Half of the buttercream was colored hunter green and half light brown, using gel paste colors for both.
2. I traced around a disposable piping bag on a piece of parchment paper.
3. I cut the tracing out and placed it into the prepped piping bag (star tip/coupler on the end), dividing the bag in two.
4. I filled one half of the bag with green buttercream, and the other half with brown.
5. After both colors of icing were in the bag, I removed the paper. (This was not as easy as I had expected - and very messy - but it came out eventually.)
6. I twisted the top of the bag and frosted all three dozen cupcakes as usual.
7. The finishing touch - chocolate jimmy sprinkles!
I was thrilled to see that they actually turned out as planned. Each cupcake had it's own look, as the icing colors weren't always equal in distribution, but I still loved the results.
PS: John loved them, too. I don't think I have ever seen him so excited about my cupcakes! :)