So here’s a dilemma. What do you do if you LOVE cupcakes, but you HATE frosting them??? For those of you who answered “just don’t frost them”….BITE YOUR TONGUE! ;-) A cupcake without frosting is like a hug without a squeeze! It’s just not the same! Ok, NOT frosting the cupcakes is not an option….so now what?? Well, I’m about to tell you what! And if you’re a cupcake fan like me…you are going to think this is one of the best ideas since sprinkles!
I first spied this idea at Sweet C Designs, and although she showed how to frost a CAKE…I was pretty certain it would translate just fine to cupcakes. As a matter of fact, this isn’t only a MUCH EASIER way to frost cupcakes…it also makes them look like they just came from a gourmet bakery!
Here is how this is accomplished:
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What You’ll Need:
- frosting (from a can or homemade)
- a microwave
- a spoon
- sprinkles (optional)
Cook your cupcakes and allow them to cool. I took the wrappers off my cupcakes after they had cooled, but in hindsight I could just as easily have left them on.
Take your frosting and heat it up in the microwave for approximately 10 seconds. Stir it well with a spoon and check the consistency of it. It needs to be thin enough to run off the spoon, but not so runny it will completely run off the cupcake as well. Mine took about 15 seconds overall before it was the perfect consistency.
Now place one cupcake in the center of your frosting plate and drizzle the slightly runny frosting over the top until it is completely covered. The excess will drip off the sides of the cupcake onto the plate, but don’t worry, you can spoon that back into the frosting and use it on another cupcake.
Repeat for the rest of your cupcakes (taking time to re-heat the frosting as necessary to keep it the right consistency.)
If you like a THICK layer of frosting LIKE ME, repeat with a second “coating” of frosting after the first coating has set for a few minutes.
Immediately top with sprinkles (if desired) so they will “stick” before the frosting dries.
Don’t those look amazing!? Although I initially was eager to TRY this trick because of how much I loathe frosting cupcakes with a knife…I can’t believe how much nicer they turned out than any other cupcakes I’ve ever frosted the “old-fashioned” way. They almost look like they are covered in fondant….which LOOKS pretty but doesn’t taste very good in my opinion.
Easier, faster, and prettier! Cupcake making just became a LOT more enjoyable at my house! :-)