What you will need:
-Regular and mini cupcakes
-Green licorice or other stem like green candy
-Buttercream icing, icing bags and tips, orange and green food colorings.
-Orange colored sugar
-Green Tray or Green paper wrapped piece of cardboard to display them on
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Recipe for Homemade vanilla cupcakes: Mix 1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour and 3/4 tsps salt. Add and mix 1 cup sugar. Add and mix with electric mixer with whisk attachment, 1/2 cup plus 2 1/2 tsps warm milk, 2 large eggs, 1 stick of butter, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. add and mix 1 1/2 tsps baking powder. Mix for 30 seconds. Pour the batter into regular and mini cupcake holders that are lined with paper liners. Bake for 18-20 minutes in a preheated oven at 350 degrees.
Recipe for Homemade Buttercream Icing:
Mix 3 cups confectioners sugar, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract with an elctric mixer with a whisk attachment. Add 1/3 cup boiling water gradually making sure the icing doesn’t get too thin. Whip until smooth. Add and continue whipping 1 1/2 cups shortening, 3/4 stick of chilled butter cut into pieces. Whip until light and fluffy.
Bake cupcakes per directions and let cool. Create Icing per directions. Separate a small amount in a separate bowl and dye green. Place this icing in a pastry bag with a small regular piping tip. Dye the remainder of the icing orange. Place the orange icing in a tip less pastry bag to help ice the tops of the cupcakes in large rounded mounds. Spread this icing out with a smooth knife. Place the remainder of the orange icing into a pastry bag with a small regular tip and ice line from the center to the edges like pumpkins. They don’t have to be perfect since all pumpkins look a little different and if they are too uniform they will look less realistic. Sprinkle the tops with the orange sugar. Cut a small stem from the licorice and poke into the center of the cupcake. You can also just make an icing stem if you don’t have the licorice. Place all the finished cupcakes on your tray in a non uniform way to resemble a pumpkin patch. Mix the large cupcakes with the mini ones on the tray.