Okay, it’s Monday and there’s no martini… so sorry! I’ll make it up to you next Monday, promise. Have you seen the Whipped-Cream flavored vodka? I’ll let you know how it is next week. I have to say, I’m intrigued.
I hope you had a great weekend and a great Father’s Day! The boy celebrated with Matt during the day, and then we BBQ’d with my mom and dad. Matt came by, too, for a tough competition of handball-baseball. Having a great relationship with Matt, my ex-husband, means I still get the privilege of watching the interaction between the boy and his dad. The adoration for one another makes me happy!
If you know my dad, you already know how lucky I am to be his daughter. I can’t tell you have many times he’s dropped everything to attempt to get my one of my possessed smoke detectors to stop beeping. They really are possessed. Brand new batteries and they still go off randomly, between the hours of 10PM and 5AM. Seriously, why don’t they ever beep during the daytime? Anyway, with anything that goes wrong in my life, my dad is right there helping to fix it. I’m thankful every day for the time I get to spend with him.
For dessert last night, I wanted to make something fun for my dad, but also wanted to exercise some sort of portion control. Cupcakes are portion control (unless I eat three like I did last night… I had good intentions. It’s really Kendall Jackson’s fault, if you want the truth) This golf cupcake cake was just the right amount and pretty easy to put together. My dad is a golfer and lives on a beautiful golf course. I am about as good at golfing as I am at getting smoke detectors to stop making me crazy.
Here are a few steps on how to put this together:
Bake up a batch of your favorite cupcakes. This can be as little or big as you want, depending on how many people you’re serving.
Once cooled, arrange the cupcakes so that they’re close together in a shape that resembles a golf green.
Whip up a batch of your favorite frosting (see my Birthday Party Buttercream recipe below if you need one). Tint a little more than half of the frosting dark green, the other have stays white. I used Americolor’s Forest Green and Leaf Green to achieve this shade of green.
Spread several cupcakes with white frosting (hooray, no piping!). Dip the cupcake on a small plate with graham cracker crumbs to coat. (You could also used crush up Vanilla Wafers).
The cupcakes that will be used for the putting green, spread with green frosting. Then dip the cupcakes on a small plate with green sanding sugar. I love the stackable sanding sugars from Williams Sonoma. I used their dark green for these. Wilton also makes a dark green sanding sugar which I recommend.
Fill the remaining green icing in a piping bag. Using Wilton’s tip #233 pipe grass onto the cupcakes holding the piping bag straight up and down. The buttercream needs to be thick and cold to pipe short blades of grass. My buttercream could have been a little thicker this time around, but we made do.
Pipe grass on parts of the green sprinkled cupcakes. To make it look like a cupcake cake, pipe in the spaces where the cupcakes meet with a little grass.
To make the golf balls and flag, use fondant. I recommend buying Wilton’s Ready-to-Use white fondant and keep it on hand for projects like these when you just need a little. It stays good if it’s wrapped air–tight. A black food coloring marker was used to make the 18.
Birthday Party Buttercream (printable recipe)
1/3 Crisco, softened
pinch of salt
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
4-6 tbsp. whipping cream (you can substitute milk or half and half)
4 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer at medium speed, beat butter and Crisco. Add pinch of salt and vanilla and continue mixing until smooth. Add in sifted confectioner’s sugar one cup at a time, add a tablespoon of whipping cream in between each cup of sugar, scraping the sides of bowl down each time. Gradually beat on low-medium speed well until smooth and fluffy. (The lows speed keeps it from incorporating too much air into the frosting). To reach the consistency you need, you may need to add more sugar or more whipping cream. Add food coloring and blend well. Remember, gel or paste coloring will darken over time.
Wishing you a great week ahead! Yahoo… last week of school and work! Let the summer begin!!