Baby shower cupcakes

I made these cute little cupcakes, inspired by Hello Naomi, for a surprise baby shower this past week. They were chocolate cupcakes with buttercream icing underneath the fondant circles, and decorated with fondant rainbows, bees, frogs, chicks, caterpillars, rainbows, and clouds.

Hello Kitty!

Hi All -

So sorry for the lack of posts lately; life has been pretty crazy, and unfortunately there hasn't been much baking going on :(

I did have a chance this weekend to make some cupcakes for a friend's 25th birthday party. She loves Hello Kitty :) My initial ideas all used fondant; but her party was held at a Buddhist Cultural Center that is vegetarian only. So I had to get creative!

I have seen many tutorials on how to decorate cookies using the royal icing flooding technique - so I decided to try my hand at making some Hello Kitty faces using the same technique. I was a bit worried at first that the faces would be too fragile to handle; fortunately I was wrong, and everything held up beautifully.

Hello Kitties, waiting for cupcakes:

Mocha cupcakes with vanilla Italian meringue buttercream icing, close up:

Cupcakes at the party:

The birthday girl!