Made these cuties for a dear friend’s Bachelorette Party this weekend! Most of the process was quick and easy, so I’ll start with the easiest task first: the embellishments.
This is what I do when I don’t have a lot of time – I buy my cute details instead of constructing them myself. The metallic flag picks are by Spritz and the Cupcakes stickers are by Jolee’s Boutique and I even found both scrapbooking items at Target while I was purchasing my cupcake ingredients.
Ok, brace yourself for the not-so-easy part: the frosting is a bit time-consuming, but the girls at the bachelorette party really, really LOVED the outcome which made it all worth it. Also, since it was to be the highlight of the cupcake, I suggest you save some time and just buy a box of Duncan Hines Chocolate Fudge cake mix like I did. No one will care nor will they ask – they’ll be way too into the frosting.
This buttercream recipe has been scaled to make more than enough for 24 medium cupcakes:
Salted Buttercream Frosting Recipe from addapinch.com
4 cups sugar
2 cup buttermilk
1 cup Crisco vegetable shortening
1 cup butter
2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt (plus a bit extra for sprinkling on top)
4 cups confectioner’s sugar
- Add all ingredients from the first stage of the frosting recipe in a 3-4 quart pot. Stir ingredients with a wooden spoon as cooking over medium-low heat.
- Cook to softball stage (235-245 degrees on a candy thermometer as well as using the cold water test).
- Remove from heat and pour into a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Using a whip attachment, whip the caramel until it has cooled enough to touch lightly.
- Add the butter and salt from the second stage of the frosting recipe to the mixing bowl and whip.
- Add confectioner’s sugar in ½ cup increments, stopping after each to scrape sides of mixing bowl. Turn mixer on high for about 10 seconds after each addition to merge air into the frosting.
- Adjust the amount of confectioner’s sugar to result in a frosting that will hold it’s shape.
- Frost cake and store on a cake plate covered with a dome or an airtight container.
- Best served within 1-3 days.
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