(Family Features) - Cupcakes, once reserved for elementary school parties, kids' birthdays and picnics, have grown up. And oh, so beautifully.
Great for today's more casual, grab-and-go way of eating and entertaining, these individual mini-cakes don't require the skill of a professional to slice and serve and can be hand-held in most cases.
Also new on the scene are great cupcake trees that allow you to show off your creations with the appropriate flair. And the sophistication of flavors is only limited by your imagination. Here are three great ideas and one easy but spectacular decorating idea. So whatever your spring celebration, these cupcakes are sure to "take the cake." Or, should we say, "take the place of the cake"?
Dressing Up the Classic Cupcake
On waxed paper, draw small decorative designs. Fill a small heavy- duty plastic food-storage bag with melted white chocolate, seal it and cut one of the corners with scissors. Squeeze bag, gently tracing the design drawn on the waxed paper. Sprinkle with colored sugar. Let stand to allow chocolate to set. Carefully remove waxed paper from chocolate design. Top cupcake with design.
White on White on White
Pull a sharp vegetable peeler down the edge of a white chocolate candy bar to produce chocolate shavings the perfect size for a cupcake. Frost cupcake with Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy creamy white frosting. Top with white chocolate curls and dust with powdered sugar.
Classic cupcake tree holds 23 cupcakes. 12 1/2-inch x 12-inch. $22.99 plus shipping. Order item #5025 under Catalog Shopping at bettycrocker.com or 1-800-432-4959.
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