My sweet of the month for June is this Father's Day golf themed cupcake.
It's really easy to make- you could even start with store bought cupcakes if you wanted to. That's what I did to demonstrate the cupcake for this post (I didn't want a whole batch of cupcakes hanging around weeks before father's day. Between just having had hubbies birthday, memorial day- my mom's birthday and father's day coming up I didn't need anymore sweets than necessary in the house!)
Here's what you'll need:
- Cupcakes- I chose vanilla but chocolate would be great too.
- Decorating Frosting
- Green Food Coloring- 2 shades a light green and a dark "grass" green
- White Fondant
- Grass Piping Tip
- White Chocolate Melts
- Dark Chocolate Melts or Black Food Writing Marker
- Chocolate Cookies for crumbling (1 for about ever 4 cupcakes)
- Lollipop Sticks
- Large Straw
- Parchment Paper
- 2 piping bags (or sandwich bags in a pinch)
First step is to make the flags using white chocolate candy melts. Pipe a small triangle of candy onto some parchment paper.
Here's a tip if your out of piping bags- use a plastic sandwich bag. I reinforce the edge with some tape so it's stiff like a piping tip would be then snipped off a tiny edge of the corner and pipe away. You could also insert a piping tip and use it exactly like you would a piping bag.
While the chocolate is still melted place a lollipop stick into the edge of the flag. To help the stick stay in, give it a little roll (while keeping the stick in the same place) so the melted chocolate covers over the top of the stick.
Once the white chocolate has hardened and the flags can be lifted off the parchment you can add the flag number. I used dark chocolate and a toothpick to write mine but you could also use a food coloring marker that works on chocolate (mine don't- I wish they did).
But while your waiting for the flags to harden, it's a good time to move onto another step like making little golf balls with fondant. Take a pinch of fondant and roll it into ball.
Make indentations using the tip of a chopstick. The trick is to make the dents deeper than they should be. Once you've done that all the way around re-roll the fondant into a ball and you end up with a only slightly dented circle that looks like a golf ball.
Then it's time to frost your cupcake. If you are making these from scratch start by giving the middle of the cupcake a smooth coat of green frosting in the middle then pipe grass around all the edges. You need frosting under the center to help hold the fondant. Then set aside a small amount of frosting for assembly.
Since my store bought cupcake started out with vanilla frosting I just scraped that off leaving enough in the center to hold my fondant and added my green grass.
Last but not least make the golf green.
Start by tinting fondant a lighter green than the grass so there's some contrast. Roll it out flat, then using a craft knife (or even a butter knife if you don't have anything else) cut a blob shape big enough to cover the middle of your cupcake and touch your frosting grass on all sides.
Make the hole using a large straw.
Now the best part- assembly!
Place some crumbled chocolate cookie wherever the hole in your fondant will be on your cupcake.
Add the fondant green and lightly press it into the frosting.
Stick the flag into the cupcake and attach the ball using a small bit of the green frosting that was set aside.
There you have it little golf greens. Cute enough to eat...
Close to the perfect shot...
But definitely the perfect treat for all the those golf loving dads!