I had plans to meet some dear old friends for lunch today. Friends that I haven't seen for years. I found out this morning as I was getting caught up on a little FB, that it was my friend Ruth's birthday. And how awesome that I would get to go to lunch with her on her birthday? And how sneaky of her not to tell us! I thought it would be fun to make her a birthday cupcake. So I set to work. First I made a batch of chocolate cupcakes. I could swear that I bought a big package of plain white cupcake papers just a couple of weeks ago. But...apparently not. So, I had to settle for pink princess liners. Not ideal--but we'll make it work. Then I decided that I wanted to do a German chocolate variation on a theme. I quickly made some traditional caramel coconut frosting and a batch of chocolate butter-cream frosting, while the cupcakes baked and cooled.
So, this is how you turn a plain jane chocolate cupcake in a pink princess paper into a fantastic German Chocolate Cupcake Birthday Surprise!
Cut a "cone" of cake out of the center of your cupcake. Remove the cone.
Fill the void with a tablespoon of German chocolate caramel coconut frosting.
Replace the cake cone. Don't worry about smashing it flat. Just set it on top. It actually helps to give your cupcake some height.
Pipe some chocolate butter-cream frosting around the perimeter of your caramel crater. Continue piping the chocolate butter-cream in a circular motion working from the outside in. This will give your cupcake a fun swirl on the top.
Hide your pink princess cupcake liner inside of a white nut cup. I fancied mine up a bit with some washi tape.
And there you have it!
If you want to take it even a step farther, add a washi tape "flag" and package your cupcake in a cupcake box. Don't forget the ribbon. You know how I feel about ribbons!
Happy Birthday Friend! Thanks for sharing a few minutes of your special day with me!