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I saw these cupcakes first on the Michigan Tech Parents Facebook group, and I decided to give it a try, even though I'm not very skilled yet at cake decorating. I can decorate cookies pretty well with royal icing, but have only tried to decorate cakes a few times.
Doing a little googling, I quickly determined I needed to get a Wilton grass tip....I ordered 2 so I could have 1 for gray and one for white fur.
I was pretty sure I wasn't going to want to pipe the blue eyes, but luckily I found some blue candy eyes for sale on Amazon. I baked a dozen chocolate cupcakes using this Martha Stewart recipe, then I had to figure out what kind of icing to use. I didn't want to use shortening, because I didn't care if my husky fur was a little off white. Also, I wasn't sure on the consistency for the grass tip. It seemed to work out better a little stiffer than medium consistency. Here is how I ended up making the icing....
6 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar
¼ teaspoon table salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
up to 4 tablespoons milk or half and half
Beat butter for a few minutes with a mixer with the paddle attachment on medium speed. Add powdered sugar a cup at a time and turn your mixer on the lowest speed, until the sugar has been incorporated with the butter. Increase mixer speed to medium and add vanilla extract, salt, and 2 tablespoons of milk/cream and beat for 3 minutes. If your frosting needs to be thinned out, add remaining milk 1 tablespoons at a time.
I used mini marshmallows cut in half diagonally for the ears. I tinted about a 1/4 cup icing pink for the tongue and another 1/4 cup black for the nose and piping, which I did with a Wilton #3 tip. It might work a little better to make these 2 colors a little thinner for better piping. I split the rest of the icing in half and tinted one part gray and left the other off white.
I think they came out pretty good! The grass tip is very forgiving....thank goodness.
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Can't wait to celebrate his birthday on Monday when he gets home from deer hunting! Happy birthday Eddie!