Winnie the Pooh Pull Apart Cupcakes and Tigger Tails Party Favors for Parker’s 1st Birthday
This box of cupcakes was inspired by my friend, Holly – vanilla cake flavored with almond, topped with a light, fluffy homemade buttercream frosting and white nonpareil candies.
Each cupcake was placed in a polka-dot cup and was topped with a picture of one of her favorite things. I decorated the bakery box with a poodle-loving pinup girl that reminded me of her. The favorite things:
Red Ray Bans
Polka-dots (and she wore them before they were cool)
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
Inspiration: Dinner at Cooper’s Hawk Winery. Birthday Girl is a lover of red wine, chocolate and all things pretty.
Feeling inspired, I turned to Sprinkle Bakes, the blog I browse anytime I want to attempt anything exceptional. Heather Baird always seems to have what I am looking for – here is her amazing recipe for Chocolate Chianti Cupcakes.
The recipe was near perfect, but I did find that when I was blending the cooked-down Chianti into the buttercream (ohhh, that buttercream…) I didn’t have to use the full amount the recipe called for. Maybe I did something wrong, but if I would have added the full amount, the frosting would have been too watered down. I was glad I decided to add less and taste-test as my Kitchen-Aid did its work. The frosting was so unbelievable that I double layered the chocolate cupcakes (I make them smaller so they fit the jars) just so I’d have an excuse to add more frosting! After the assembly, I placed the jars in an old wine crate to tote them to the restaurant.
You will need:
24 Quilted Jelly Jars (Ball)
Circular Paper Punches* – I used 1.75″ and 1.25″ for my two layers (Bottom layer can be a color or a pattern)
*Free Printable Template for your 1.25″ Circular Paper Punches: 1.25 Inch Circles
Satin Ribbon, Yarn or Twine - Approximately 40ft, cut into 10″ strips or longer (personal preferences for what kind of knot or bow you want to make)
Extra Large Craft Glue Stick
24 Colored Plastic Spoons
48 Small Cupcakes (2 per jar, layered with buttercream)