Black and White Stamped Cupcakes

Cake stamping is a new, fun decorating idea sweeping the cake world.  It is rather easy and produces elegant, unexpected results.  You will need to use a slightly different kind of frosting as a base.  You can use a thickened cream cheese frosting as we did here or buy fondant from you local craft store.

 You will need:

1.  Your favorite cupcakes

2.  Cream cheese

3.  Powdered sugar

4.  A rolling pin

5.  A cupcake sized cookie cutter

5.  Rubber stamps

6.  Black paste food coloring

 Black and white stamped cupcakes
 A lump of stiff frosting  1.  Use 3 oz of cream cheese for twelve cupcakes.  Mix in powdered sugar (approximately 3 cups) until the frosting is very thick, about the texture of playdough.   Try not to handle the frosting very much.  The heat from your hands will make it soft and sticky.  If it does get too soft, just put in in the refrigerator for a few minutes.
Dough rolled out with a rolling pinA cupcake with a frosting top 2.  Either dust the counter with powdered sugar or roll out the dough between two sheets of wax paper until it is about 1/4 inch thick.  Cut out the rounds with your cookie cutter and gently lift them and place them on the cupcakes.   Gather up any remaining pieces of frosting, put them in a lump, and roll them out again.  Keep going until all the cupcakes are covered.
A stamp brushed with black food coloring 3.  Make sure your stamp is clean and dry.  Use a brush or a bit of paper towel.  Lightly brush the stamp design with black food coloring.  Use the paste variety.
Using a stamp to decorate a cucpcake. 4.  Press the stamp onto the cupcake.  You can press down, but do be gentle or you will crush the cupcake.
A cupcake stamped with black hearts 5.  Wipe off the bottom of the stamp and brush on more food coloring.  Keep stamping until all the cupcakes are decorated.   Store the cupcakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve them.

If you decorate cakes, you are probably familiar with the company Wilton, which sells most of the decorating supplies.  Their founder Mr. Wilton was a cake & pastry decorator and teacher of cake decorating during the 1920s and 1930s.  The Wilton family published a book on cake decorating in 1954.  People wrote to the Wiltons asking where they could find the tubes and tips to make the cakes.  There was no specialized source at the time so the Wiltons formed their own company to supply the equipment.  The company grew.  Today, they still sell decorating equipment and publish a yearly book of cake decorating ideas.

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