Here is an easy idea for baby shower cupcakes - baby feet cupcakes.
I thought it would be symbolic to have baby feet as the deco theme for baby shower cupcakes. Its more like telling you there is a baby on the way, but other details about the baby's physical form is still not known until the baby is born.
I have made these cupcakes on two occasions and both off course were for baby showers. One was for a boy and the other for a girl (that is obvious I guess based on the colors I used, so I am just telling you :))
I baked all the cupcakes in gold foiled cupcake liners. I wanted slightly domed cupcakes so I filled the liners with cake batter to about 2/3 full. They turned out beautifully domed, not too high and not too flat, just at the height I was expecting.
The first occasion I made these cupcakes, it was for a dear friend who was expecting a baby girl. She wanted the cupcakes in 2 flavours - vanilla and chocolate. With 2 different flavours, once covered in icing, I knew it would be impossible to identity which ones are vanilla and which ones are chocolate unless someone takes a bite into the cupcakes. So I decided to differentiate them by using the white and pink colors interchangeable for the background and the baby feet (the theme color was pink and white).
The vanilla cupcakes had white fondant background with pink baby feet while the chocolate flavoured ones had pink fondant background and white baby feet.
The blue ones, on the other hand, were all in one flavour, so i did not alternate the fondant colors.
Background fondant rounds for both set of cupcakes were cut using scalloped round cutters and attached to the cupcakes which were already covered in a layer of buttercream.
For the baby feet, I drew a foot outline (without the toes) on a cardboard and cut it out. I used it to guide me in individually cutting out baby feet on a piece of thinly rolled fondant. In deciding on the size of the feet, I made sure they are small enough such that there is enough space on each cupcake for 2 feet and 10 toes.
Once I had enough pairs of feet (with a couple of extras for contingency), I place one pair on each fondant covered cupcake. I arranged them such that one foot is placed slightly ahead of the other. The feet were attached to the cupcakes using a damp brush.
And finally, I used royal icing to pipe the toes. Using a small round nozzle (I used Wilton round tip #2) I piped 5 toes on each foot, with the first toe of each foot slightly larger than the rest.
Here are larger images of the cupcakes. These are just quick photos I managed of the cupcakes before I brought them to the parties. I wish I had taken more photos but was too busy chit chatting, by the time I remembers, the cupcakes were also gone.
I hope you enjoyed this idea. Happy decorating!
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