Lily turns 1 on Tuesday, and today is her first birthday party with my husband's side of the family.
Lily loves cats and dogs (in fact she can say both "cat" and "dog" very well but still hasn't said "mama") so I decided to do cat and dog cupcakes for the party.
For the dog cupcakes, I frosted the whole cupcake with chocolate frosting, and added a dollop of chocolate frosting toward the bottom for the snout.
I then used Wilton tip #233 (the grass/hair tip) to do brown fur originating from the snout and going outward. I didn't do it on the snout, or in the center part of the head.
Next I added ears toward the top using the same tip.
I then switched to white frosting colored with "Ivory" food coloring until it was a light tan color. I used the same tip (Wilton #233) to do the center of the head, and then the snout. I always made sure to start each strand of fur in the center of the top of the snout.
I added a chocolate covered raisin for a nose.
I added eyes using the same chocolate frosting, and a pink bow.
For the cat, I frosted the cupcake white and added two balls for the cheeks using Wilton tip 12.
I added eyes using chocolate frosting and piped in a pink nose as well.
For the ears, I cut a miniature marshmallow in half using my kitchen scissors, and then pinched one end to form the triangle.
I then cut 6 strands of black licorice about 2 or 2 1/2 inches long, and poked them into the cupcake until they were the desirable length.
Once I figured out how to do the first ones, the rest didn't take too long. It was perfect for our small party of just 12 people, but I don't intend on doing these same cupcakes for her baby-friends-party which will have quite a bit more guests.