My friend Cindy was helping to plan a bridal shower for one of her best friends, and she asked me to make cupcakes for it. The theme was going to be "fairytale wedding", so I offered to pipe little tiaras to go on top of the cupcakes.
I tested the idea out by wrapping a few small bottles with waxed paper, and then using royal icing to pipe the tiaras on the bottles (to get the curve of the tiara). They looked nice, but I couldn't get them off the waxed paper without breaking them! So I tried using melted white chocolate instead, and it worked beautifully! And to make them look even nicer, I also added a few pearl sprinkles to the tiaras while they were still wet.
For the red velvet cupcakes, I used my favorite recipe from Martha Stewart's "Cupcakes" book. Then I topped them with my favorite cream cheese frosting recipe. We decided to do half of the cupcakes with white cream cheese frosting, and the other half with pink.
The bride loves pearls, so we decorated the cupcakes with pearl sprinkles and tiny white non-pareils. The original request was to have silver dragees also (those silver ball sprinkles), but they are apparently they are illegal in California! Online stores won't even ship them to an address in California. Boo! (hint hint, to my friends and family who live outside of California!)
I loved the end result - the white and the pink, the different size "pearls", and the tiaras for that fairy tale feel. I hope the bride and everyone at the shower enjoyed the cupcakes as much as I enjoyed making them!