So you know I’m on Pinterest.
Like, that’s all I’ve been pinning for days now.
Hair. Makeup. Nails.
I can’t get enough of the beyootay.
These girls are SO FREAKING CREATIVE it’s almost obnoxious.
K, I get it. You’re really good at wielding a nail polish brush with your non-dominant hand and you can French braid while heavily drugged in a medical coma.
Meanwhile, I’m in my bathroom attempting the basic ponytail for the 231st time in one morning, unable to comprehend the mechanics of an actual BRAID much less the French version.
And are all nail-art people ambidextrous? I think so.
On a GOOD day, I get only a little spottage on the skin around my right fingernails.
But most of the time, I’m a total klutz with that miniature paintbrush of misfortune. I go from having hot pink nails to screw it, looks like I’m having hot pink hands today!
I really, really suck at everything beauty except eye makeup.
I can do eyes like nobody’s business. Crazy colors? Have ‘em nailed. Smoky eyes? Perfected. Cat eyes? Erryday, homegirl.
But braids, twists, buns? Ehhhhh, no.
Stripes, polka dots, cupcakes? Impossible.
I really wish I had the creativity and patience these beauty girls have, and that my hands didn’t grab fistfuls of hair in confusion in a futile attempt to make it look pretty.
It’s just really super duper discouraging, k? I’ll stick to what I know best and pretend I have an older sister who knows all these cool beauty tricks and who offers to fishtail braid my hair every morning.
And do galaxy nails. Because I’m kindasortasuperobsessed.
So you must be thinking, great, now she’s gonna show me some picture of these fancy cupcakes and tell me it’s totally easy and I can do it and blah blah blah to make me feel special and artsy and not creatively challenged and stuff. She’s a dirty liar, and I hate her.
Whoa now. No need for those hateful words. I got you covered.
I’m all about easy and simple yet looking to-die-for gorgeous unlike most “easy” tutorials on Pinterest. Easy… if you have a degree in hair, makeup, nails or baking. Riiight.
But I’m totally serious when I say these are E.SAAYYY. No joke!! And they are GORGEOUS.
They’re actually based off a pin I spotted and thought it’d be beautiful to make into cupcakes since cakes are a whole other bag of complications I’m not interested in.
And it worked!!
I’m calling these Pink Cloud Cupcakes because they kind of look like fluffy, swirly pink clouds… or flowers… or uh, fluffy pink swirls. Yet their presentation has definitely wow-factor and they’re a cinch to design.
Pink Cloud Cupcakes *inspired by Glory’s Pink Ombre Swirl Cake from Glorious Treats
24 cupcakes in the flavor of your choice, baked and cooled (I chose chocolate fudge)
Vanilla Buttercream (recipe and ingredients follow)
Pink gel food coloring
1. Divide your buttercream equally into two separate bowls. Using barely any pink coloring, tint one bowl the faintest baby pink. In the next bowl, tint the frosting a brighter, more vivid pink color.
2. Fix a smaller open star tip (I used Wilton 18 and it was perfect) to a piping bag. Spoon a heaping spoonful of the baby pink icing into the bottom of the piping bag, then place a spoonful of the vivid pink right next to it and repeat the process, layering the colors of icing as you go. Try to make them side by side as much as possible; this is how you’ll pipe them out to have a two-toned swirled color.
3. On your cooled cupcake, begin piping in the middle. Quite literally, pipe a lowercase ‘e’ over and over, having the e’s “tail” kind of flick upward a little. You can overlap if necessary. In small gaps, pipe small dots to fill it in.
Easy Vanilla Buttercream
2/3 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 Tbsp milk
About 4 cups powdered sugar
1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together butter and vanilla until blended and creamy, about 2 minutes. Gradually add powdered sugar, about one cup at a time, until a stiff yet spreadable consistency is achieved. Add milk to thin the icing out, if needed. Then proceed with tinting process, as stated above.
I think the presentation on these cupcakes is positively beautiful and really elegant looking. I made these for my grandma’s birthday and everyone loved them and couldn’t believe how simple they were to decorate. A lowercase ‘e’. Um, genius.
Have a pretty day!