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The Semi-Famous Patriotic Cupcake 
May 28, 2009 7:47 pm 
Updated: Oct. 15, 2009 3:16 pm
How to decorate the Red, White, and Blue Cupcake:

Step 1: Prepare a large piping bag with a large, round tip (I used a 1A).

Step 2: Use a paintbrush to paint stripes of color on the inside of the bag starting near the tip and extending 4 or 5 inches up the bag (I used Wilton gel colors, one stripe of red and one of blue on opposite sides.

Step 3: Fill the bag carefully with white frosting. I used Decorator Frosting I.

Step 4: Pipe the frosting in a swirl pattern starting at the outer edge of the cupcake. The colors will be picked up by the frosting. Do not turn the cupcake. It takes practice. My 13 year-old son enjoyed eating my practice cupcakes!

The sparkles in the frosting are just from the shininess of the gel. Thanks for all the interest in this technique!

The Cupcake
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May 28, 2009 8:07 pm
Beautiful job Pam!
May 28, 2009 8:13 pm
These look GREAT!! When I worked in a bakery we used highly concentrated liquid colors to do this with however, I have never been able to find them anywhere =( I also use the wilton gels to color frosting =))
May 28, 2009 8:23 pm
I am in awe! Thanks for posting the directions; I'm going to try it soon. :)
May 28, 2009 8:25 pm
Are you for hire? :} They are beautiful. BTW, totally off the subject but check your RE question about garlic again, I think I left you something useful.
May 28, 2009 8:52 pm
Thanks, Avon! I just read it - very useful! I've got to scout out a good spot in the garden to put some in the fall.
May 28, 2009 8:54 pm
I always wondered how people do this. Thanks for sharing. I'll have to practice that next time I make cupcakes.
May 28, 2009 9:15 pm
Very cool. Thanks for sharing!! You may just inspire me to get into this baking stuff yet!
May 29, 2009 4:32 am
Great job Pam! I was curious to know how you did this since I first saw your picture. Thanks for sharing!
May 29, 2009 11:44 am
Very nice! I am just getting into doing cakes etc and this is awesome! Going to make these for July 4th! My daughter who is 14 is getting into this as well and has a bday coming up and all she wants is cake supplies! She loves how you did this and you have inspired her even more! Thanks for the instructions!
May 29, 2009 12:21 pm
The instructions are highly appreciated.
May 29, 2009 4:24 pm
Thank you thank you thank you!
Oct. 12, 2009 11:24 pm
Wow! That is so neat! The all occasion cupcake - just change the colours.
Oct. 13, 2009 6:00 am
WOW is right! I didn't see this in the spring - how clever you are! What a neat looking cupcake! Congratulations on being chosen cook of the week!
Oct. 13, 2009 5:42 pm
Thanks! I want to do this again for Halloween. I'm thinking purple and orange. Yummy!
Oct. 15, 2009 3:16 pm
Looks really professional Pam Great Job.
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About Me
I have three teenage sons who are picky eaters (especially the middle one). I try to cook things that they might enjoy trying, but they're not always willing to try new things. My husband started out a picky eater when we met back in 1986, but he's gotten much better and is willing to try ALMOST anything I make. In my spare time I teach second grade. I have introduced my students to cooking and/or new foods over the years.
My favorite things to cook
I love to try all sorts of new recipes, so I don't really have a favorite thing to cook. I enjoy using fresh ingredients from the garden and canning those ingredients to use year-round. I also enjoy baking treats for my second grade class. I'll try almost anything if I think my family will eat it. Of course, I've been known to try a recipe because I want to, whether they'll eat it or not.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love making the pumpkin pies and other desserts for Thanksgiving. I always like to try one new dessert for each holiday. Baking Christmas cookies is a tradition that goes back as long as I can remember.
My cooking triumphs
I've made some pretty cool cakes for my boys' birthdays. They include a firetruck, baseball, football, and Pokeball. I've also used shaped pans to decorate everything from Barney and Elmo, Power Ranger, Jeff Gordon's #24 racecar, football helmet, a dog and dog house, a monkey, a giant cupcake, and a penguin. Some recent cakes have been a pizza, chef's hat, and Topsy-Turvy (Mad Hatter Cake.) The last one didn't collapse - that was a real triumph! One of my best triumphs has been teaching my boys to cook. They'll never go hungry.
My cooking tragedies
The first time I cooked a turkey I relied on my thermometer to tell when it was done. It wasn't.
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