The summer olympics are under way. What better way to celebrate the wins than with gold, silver, and bronze cupcakes!
To make the olive branches you will need:
First: From the internet, print off a picture of an olive branch 1.5″ x 1.5″ in size. This will be your template for piping the branches. Add green food color to the royal icing until it is the desired color. Place the #350 tip into a pastry bag and add royal icing.
Second: Place the olive branch template underneath the acetate sheet. Pipe a ‘u’ shape over the template.
Third: Starting at the top of the branch and on top of the ‘u’, pipe a small leaf pointing upwards.
Fourth: Continue down the side of the ‘u’ piping each leaf slightly overlapping the leaf before. Alternate the leaves from pointing slightly left to slightly right. Stop when you get to the bottom of one side and begin the next side.
Fifth: When you get to the very bottom, pipe one leaf directly in the middle, connecting the two sides. Slide the acetate sheet over and begin a new olive branch. Make several extra olive branches as some may break.
Sixth: Let the olive branches set over night so that they dry and become hard. Very carefully remove the branches from the acetate sheet and set aside.
For the cupcakes you will need:
- dark blue baking cups (or color of your choice)
- tip #1M
- bronze, silver, and gold edible spray
- white icing
First: Bake and cool the cupcakes. While the cupcakes are cooling, you can remove the olive branches from the acetate paper.
Second: Fill a pastry bag fitted with a 1M tip with white icing. Pipe large swirls on 1/3 of the cupcakes. For instructions on how to pipe a swirl on top a cupcake refer to How-To Ice a Cupcake.
Third: Spray just the icing with gold, silver, or bronze spray color. Be careful to not spray the liner. You may want to sit the cupcakes down into something like another baking cup while you are spraying.
Fourth: Immediately set a royal icing olive branch into the icing.
Fifth: Ice another 1/3 of the cupcakes and spray with a different color of edible spray. Add olive branches and continue with the last 1/3 of cupcakes. Allow edible color spray to dry several minutes before serving.