Awhile back I made some really great cupcakes. You can read about that on the I Give Myself and A+ post.
My dad had a birthday recently and I thought I'd whip up some cupcakes for him. I thought I would step out of the box and start playing with two-toned frosting.
I came up with a grandiose plan in my head, like I always do. I found a great tip for using pastry bags at Chef Mommy. The idea is great - wrap the frosting in plastic wrap before shoving it in the pastry bag. I usually have frosting all over my hands by the third cupcake. This was supposed to prevent that!
I thought I would take it one step further and put two colors of frosting in the pastry bag creating a swirled look. If you're a loyal Kiss My Smash reader, you can probably guess how this turned out. If you're new to Kiss My Smash - get used to this.
First I wrapped up the yellow and white frosting.
I got the pastry bag ready to go with a coupler.
I did a size check to make sure the frosting would fit in the pastry bag.
I twisted both bags together as tight as I could.
I began the process of putting the frosting inside the pastry bag. This was really tough. The frosting barely fit.
Following the instructions, I cut the plastic wrap.
At this point I am supposed to put the tip on and twist it closed. Guess what? My tips and couplers don't match. Apparently, I have no clue what I need when I shop for my supplies.
Even if the tips had fit right - it would not have mattered. The plastic was twisted too far down and the white frosting couldn't get out.
At this point - I realized the frosting needed to be cut in half. There was too much frosting in the pastry bag. I've told you before about how sometimes I have mini-temper tantrums when things don't go my way. This created a HUGE meltdown for me.
Even as I redid the frosting bag with less frosting - it still did not work!
All yellow. Not a swirly look. I felt like such a failure. I may have cried at some point, ok multiple points, this day.
Wait a minute! Dry those tears! We have one successful cupcake!
More bad news - I didn't make enough frosting for these little guys.
Overall the swirling of 2 colors was a total bust. I only had 1 successful cupcake. But I was a little too hard on myself. Really - who cries over cupcakes? This was a learning lesson for me. Just because things don't turn out the way you plan does not mean you are a failure! Besides nobody fails when you get to eat a cupcake.