McCormick brand vanilla, an important ingredient in my buttercream frosting, is a staple in my house. While I was familiar with their extracts and food colors, I was excited to learn that they offer a wide variety of food products to include spices. In addition, their website is fantastic! For the cook, there are tons of recipes and cooking ideas. For the baker, they have a recently launched "Decorate It Yourself" (D.I.Y.) workshop. The Easter workshop had an endless amount of recipes, decorating ideas, and entertainment ideas.
McCormick sent me this AMAZING D.I.Y kit:
I was so excited to get the opportunity to try these great products and get in on the D.I.Y. fun. I decided to use my kit to make "Hello, Flower Cupcakes", a recipe from decorating experts Karen Tack and Alan Richardson, co-authors of the new book, What's New, Cupcake? The cupcakes turned out great and the recipe was very easy to follow!
1 cup tinted coconut (see Thursday's technique/terminology post)
16 ounces canned vanilla frosting
McCormick Assorted Food Colors and Egg Dye and McCormick Assorted NEON! Food Colors and Egg Dye Kit
1 cup course green tinted sugar
24 yellow spice drops
1. Place the colored sprinkles in a medium bowl. Cut several marshmallows crosswise into 4 slices. Place the cut marshmallows in the sprinkles and toss to coat the cut area with the sprinkles. Transfer to a cookie sheet. Repeat with the remaining marshmallows and sprinkles to make 120 marshmallow petals.
2. Tint the vanilla frosting bright green with the green and yellow McCormick food coloring. Place the green sugar in a shallow bowl. Spread the tops of several cupcakes with the green frosting and make smooth. Roll the edge of the frosted cupcakes in the green sugar to coat. Repeat with the remaining cupcakes.
3. Arrange 5 marshmallow petals on top of the frosted cupcakes, pressing the marshmallow into the frosting to secure. Add a spice drop in the center of the cupcake to complete the flower.
You can find more fun ideas for the spring at McCormick's D.I.Y. online workshop.
Buy The Book: What's New, Cupcake? is available for purchase now at Amazon.com!
I was provided with the D.I.Y. kit from McCormick for the purpose of facilitating this post. All views expressed are my own and no other compensation was received.