Speckled Easter Cupcakes

Food Photography: Amy Convery

Blog Post Author: Amy Convery

Speckled scrumptiousness! Sweet and soft strawberry cupcakes topped with buttercream speckled ruffles & Cadbury mini eggs. Do you love Cadbury eggs?The minis are dangerously good.

My inspiration is a teal baking sheet purchased from TJ Maxx. As soon as I arrived home, I googled speckled cupcakes. These cuties are a bake & share for a super sweet woman at church. She loved them! Her thank you included, you were bad for baking them because they were too delicious. My first ombre attempt that is pretty however, uncertain if it qualifies as "ombre". I've learned over the years to test frosting color dye --- add a small portion (1 TSP) of white or cream colored frosting to a plate, dip the toothpick into the desired color (side note: use a fresh toothpick for each color), to achieve the pretty pastels I used minimal dye and attempted the purple twice. I planned to pipe purple & pink frosting however, the purple was too deep for the pretty pastels I envisioned. The light hue of pink and white looked super cute!

Fun speckled effect ~ the recipe recommends using a pastry brush or new paintbrush. As soon as I read "flick and splatter"....which is chocolate. I really didn't need splattered chocolate on my kitchen walls, appliances or additional cleaning in general. A brilliant idea popped into mind : ) Order a pizza, save the box and viola!! I added a small piece of parchment paper to the bottom of the box and carefully placed two (2) cupcakes. My coffee maker supported the top of the pizza box and it worked perfectly! I used Wilton's 1M tip, pipe slow & light for the ruffled effect. I hope you have an awesome day! Be Great!

RAW-unedited photo ~ to the right is the teal baking sheet inspiration ~ to the left, purple & pink frosting.

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