Okay, so I’m a day late with the Vanilla Cupcake Day love, but I promise that this post is worth the extra 24 hour wait! I don’t know if anyone keeps up with all the special and specific “food days” that come and go every year, but I was gobsmacked when I found out that all 365 days of the year celebrate a different kind of dish and confection! It was the quite the head scratcher when I started seeing tweets on my Twitter feed about Donut Day, S’mores Day, and a host of other random food days. I wondered, “how in the world do people know these things?! And is every day a food day of some sort?”
Enter my lovely, longtime friend Katrina @ The Demure Muse. During the summer, she gave me this amazing, super fun book that’s dedicated to – you guessed it – 365 days of food! Equipped with recipes for every day of the year, the book also includes a “calendar” that’s split up my month and tells you what each and every day is celebrating. She knows I love food, she knows I love books, she knows I love to bake and putter in the kitchen – she knows me well.
Yesterday, November 10th, was Vanilla Cupcake Day. Oh, the humble vanilla cupcake. So simple yet so delicious and deliciously complex! Even though I love fudgy chocolate desserts like chocolate frosted cake, brownies, and Black Forest cake, I have to say that between vanilla cupcakes and chocolate cupcakes, vanilla edges out and takes the cake for me. I love the flavour of vanilla frosting on top of a rich, fluffy golden vanilla cupcake. I love my vanilla cupcakes fluffy as opposed to dense and cake crumbly, and I especially love vanilla frosted cupcakes adorned with tons of sprinkles! My weakness is rainbow sprinkles, but I love chocolate sprinkles, crystal/coarse sugar, and anything bright, punchy, and colourful.
If I had choose what type of vanilla combinations I enjoyed the most, I’d say vanilla cake with vanilla frosting, vanilla cake with lemon frosting, and vanilla cake with thick chocolate frosting. I know it might sound weird, but I don’t enjoy the combination the other way around with vanilla frosting on chocolate cake quite as much. It has to be the chocolate on top with the vanilla on the bottom if we’re talking about simple vanilla combos. When you’re a cupcake lover, you can be very particular!
Vanilla cupcakes and lickably delicious vanilla buttercream frosting in a rainbow of colours are our specialities at Le Dolci and I’m so happy I get to post these photos because they were all done by yours truly! We had an order of 2 dozen frosted cupcakes to do and my only limitation was to make the cupcakes pretty and fun. Oh hell, no problem. I got to choose the colours, the colour scheme, and the overall look. Oh, this was going to be FUN!
I was dying to use the gorgeous shade of lemon yellow frosting I had mixed up and I wanted the colour scheme to be airy, fluffy, and cute. Yellow and blue go quite nice together, but I wanted more than two colours and thought, “Ooo, I’ll do some pink! Pink, yellow, and aqua sky blue will make quasi rainbows!” So there I was with my head up in the cupcake clouds of cupcake la-la land when I thought, “hmm, if I want this to look reeeally cute and fluffy, I’ll swirl the pink and blue together to make them look like cotton candy!” I was so excited about the colour scheme I had to write it down before doing it for fear I would mess it up. And after frosting them, I got to add some sparkle and glam by dusting edible glitter all over them!
These are the first regular-sized cupcakes I’ve ever frosted and decorated in my life (I’ve done minis before, remember these guys?) and it was SO.MUCH.FUN. I used the star decorating tip to frost these and used three separate piping bags so I wouldn’t muddy or mix up the colours. I used one piping bag to do the blue and the blue-and-pink cotton candy swirl, one piping bag to do the pink, and the third piping bag to do the yellow. I’m right-handed, so I twist and keep the bag taut with my left hand while I squeeze and guide the piping with my right hand in a clockwise direction.
With cupcake frosting, it’s actually not the piping that’s difficult. The pain in the butt is actually filling the piping bag! Whether you’re doing it for minis or regular-sized cupcakes, the filling of the piping bag is a tad on the messy and clumsy side, what with having to roll down the top, keeping the bag open, getting all the frosting in there without smearing it all over the place, and trying to get the frosting as close to the bottom of the bag as possible to prevent wasted frosting smeared up at the top. After that though, it’s smooth sailing!
I’m so excited to experiment with other piping tips and other styles of piping frosting. And with the holidays coming up, I’m positive there will be many more chances to have more decorating and piping fun with lots of fab colours. I call these my happy, sunshiney, cotton candy, up in the clouds, My Little Pony-esque vanilla frosted cupcakes with sparkly fairy pixie dust! 😀
Le Dolci is a private studio located at 75 Portland St., just east of Bathurst near King St. West. The studio hosts cupcake decorating classes and handles catering for both corporate and personal events. For more information on classes, schedules, rates, and more, visit their official website here and their Facebook page here.