Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Movember Cupcakes and DIY Cupcake Toppers

Since I personally can't grow a very good moustache to support the Movember cause, I made these Movember cupcakes instead! If you don't know, Movember is a movement where the goal is to raise awareness about men's prostate health and funds for Prostate Cancer Research by growing a moustache and collecting donations for the month of November.

The Cupcakes

The cupcakes were made from a Devil's Food Cake chocolate box mix that I enhanced by using buttermilk instead of milk or water and adding 1 tsp. each of vanilla extract and cinnamon. I iced them with a 1M star tip using this vanilla buttercream that I dyed with Wilton Royal Blue gel colour paste:

1 cup softened unsalted butter
2 cups icing sugar
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract

In a large bowl, cream all ingredients together with an electric mixer until smooth.

DIY Cupcake Toppers

I topped these cupcakes with homemade moustache cupcake toppers! They were super quick, easy, and cheap to make, and you can definitely use this technique to create whatever kind of cupcake toppers you would like. This is a great idea for any kind of themed cupcakes! Personalized toppers are great for holidays, birthdays, baby showers, weddings, bridal showers, etc., and they can make plain cupcakes look really unique.

All you need is the image you would like to use, scissors, toothpicks, and tape.

For my Movember cupcakes I printed off multiple images of a moustache silhouette and cut them out.
 Then I used a thin strip of tape to secure a toothpick onto the back of the moustache. If you want double-sided toppers you can use double sided tape and two copies of the image for each topper. You could also use coloured toothpicks if desired.
So simple! 
 Insert the finished product into your decorated cupcake! I ended up pushing the toothpick all the way into the cupcake so that just the moustache was sitting on top of the icing.

*By Brooke McMillan

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