All that's required is a Wilton 2D icing tip, pipings bags, vanilla cupcakes & some crusting buttercream!
For a co-worker”s birthday, I decided to deviate and bake these these vanilla cakes and ice them as mini flowers (hydrangeas). For an even cuter effect, you can pipe these onto mini cupcakes as well!
Hydrangea flowers usually grow in bunches and bloom in early spring to late summer. Most hydrangeas are actually white, but can sometimes naturally be blue, red, pink and purple. Colors are affected the soil pH and availability of aluminium ions. These thereby changes the flower pigments. In cupcakes, we see all sorts of variations. For this recipe I used pink food coloring paste. You can also do two-colored hydrangeas as well.Hydrangeas carry the meaning of heartfelt emotions, and can be used to express gratitude for being understood, friendship and devotion. The negative meaning could be frigidity, heartlessness, boastfulness and vanity. Let”s go with the former definition!
You may also opt for using different colors, includngig white, blue, purple, yellow etc. Two-toned hydrangeas are even more beautiful. Although for the purposes of this tutorial, we will keep to one color. I opted with “Pink” from Wilton, a food coloring gel which requires less substance to get a rich color. This is a nice soft pastel which is perfect for spring.
For Hydrangea you want the “2D Wilton Tip”.
To transfer the icing into a piping bag, a trick I like to use is putting the icing bag over a mug, then transferring the icing inside using a spatula. Twist the end of the pastry bag and your piping bag is ready to go!
When you are piping, squeeze out of the bulky end of the pastry bag. Once you are done piping the outer edge, pipe the inside with each flowerette very close/almost overlapping each other. The recipe for buttercream is quite a good crusting buttercream, so the flowers will keep their shape. The result is a gorgeous simple hydrangea flower. Piped closer together the flowerettes create a cute bunch!