12.12.2011

NAT NESTS: HOW TO FROST A CUPCAKE THE SPRINKLES WAY


huck and i were invited to a cupcake decorating party at sprinkles last week. of all the things in the world to be invited to, this is right up there, you know? candace nelson, the founder of sprinkles, was there to teach me how to properly frost a cupcake the sprinkles way. quite literally i died and went to heaven. 






huck stayed busy drumming on the glass and climbing on the fake cupcakes and i stayed busy decorating lots and lots and lots of cupcakes. some of which i took home for the husband. (he ate one, i ate the rest.)


so here is how you frost a sprinkles cupcake, 
courtesy of candace 
and my super high quality cell phone pics:


start with wayyy too much frosting piled on top. more than you think you need.
and make sure you've stirred your frosting till it's nice and smooth and glossy. SOFT frosting.


use an offset spatula for this part
and work the top with until it's nice and flat. 
don't focus too hard and squeeze your cupcake in the process!
squeezing cupcakes: not very nice.


smooth the sides until you have a bit of a dome shape. 
this part takes some work. having a really creamy texture here is supes important. 
chunky icing no bueno.


top with simple, understated decor.
sprinkles likes those circle candy things but all i see when i look at those is boobs.
i went with christmassy things instead.


i dare say i'm hireable!



luckily we had to walk across the park to get home. i needed the exercise after all those cupcakes.

sprinkles cupcakes
lexington avenue between 60th and 61st

31 comments :

  1. i think your right - that is probably the greatest, most fun kind of invitation out there in invitation world.

    and i've always thought those things look like boobs, too.

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  2. YUMMM cupcakes are one of my most favorite things in the world... :) this looked like such an amazing day for you!

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  3. i want a cupcake. boob cupcake, christmas cupcake. i don't care. gimme a cupcake.

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  4. I found magnolia's bakery in November and fell in love with the banana pudding. Do you think they ship it?

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  5. Yum.

    And you said boobs again.

    I'm always tempted, but never do.

    My hubs calls me snoobs.

    Erin

    www.someoneinmind.blogspot.com

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  6. in the photo of Huck being over the moon with the cupcake chairs...he looks so much like his mama there! welcome to the world of cupcakes Huck, looks like you love them as much as I do, way to lick your fingers!

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  7. don't forget Buttercup Bake Shop! Their lemon cupcake is TO DIE FOR. The UWS location closed (I think) but they are still in midtown.

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  8. hahaha. i will only be able to see boobs now. thank you. also, thanks, candace!

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  9. ahh love this post. You're so lucky!

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  10. I have to say that my top three favorite places for cupcakes in the City would be Butter Lane, Chickalicious, and Sugar Sweet Sunshine. I really really don't care for Crumbs. May have been the worst two cupcakes I have ever eaten...perhaps the two we picked weren't their best. You MUST try my three places -- you won't be sorry!

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  11. Jealous... I love sprinkles!!!

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  12. I'm proud of you for sharing one. I don't know if I would have shared any. Maybe. It's a hard call.

    And as always, Huck is looking adorable these days!

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  13. mmm cupcakes!
    also, huck's sweater is adorable!!! : )

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  14. That's so interesting...Crumbs came to DC and I thought it was the least fabulous cupcake I'd ever eaten! I couldn't believe they were successful enough to franchise when I tasted them--so dry. Maybe I got an off batch? They must taste different in NYC, so I'll have to try one there. If you ever come down to DC, Georgetown Cupcake really is divine. It's my favorite cupcake ever.

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  15. I am so jealous! That's amazing. I love Sprinkles. Really, I love cupcakes. Any cupcakes. But especially Sprinkles!

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  16. you have to go to two little red hens on 86th and 2nd. its my favorite bakery in the city. awesome cupcakes and great cookies too!

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  17. Totally hireable. What a fun outing!

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  18. so jealous that looks like such a blast! i need to see if the sprinkles in palo alto hosts private parties :)

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  19. My cupcake frosting skills are lacking, but yours are totally hireable. So jealous that you got to learn from the pros!

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  20. That place looks like my kind of place. I can't believe there are actually just cupcake stores. I live in the old west where we have a general mercantile, and the only cupcake I can get is from a box.

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  21. i really want to have pink glossy floors now :)
    I haven't tried sprinkles yet, i don't know how i keep missing it. magnolia is only worth it if there's no line (so, random weekdays when i find myself hungry after daydreaming in marc jacobs). originally i would say crumbs was better than magnolia, but i've had such bad cupcakes the past few times i've been there :(

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  22. well, my stars. what a dream!! ahhh. but i do think their cupcakes look like boobs, so i'm glad you went with christmas. still, i'd happily eat a boob cupcake any day!

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  23. zomg. unrelated to cupcakes, but where oh where did you get your completely adorbs hat?!

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  24. @karen, it's urban outfitters!

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  25. your lips/smile are very natalie at this moment. natalie as in "mormon in manhattan" natalie. that is her smile. not that you shouldn't borrow it. just saying it's the first thing i thought. maybe i should read less blogs if i am able to instantly draw that connection...

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  26. I saw that hat at urban but Iive in az and would barely get any use for it. Sad face. Love it though! Also, I love sprinkles and totally with you on the boob candy design! Ha

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  27. just discovered your blog via simple lovely. love your writing style! and you're adorable.

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  28. bummed i missed out on sprinkles while in nyc. i tried magnolia because i had heard so many amazing things about it. it was good. but not great. however, my cousin got the banana pudding... and you are right about that- divine!

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  29. I have really enjoyed looking at your blog Natalie. This is the first time I have seen or heard of it and wanted you to know that my English teacher here in Salt Lake City has us doing an assignment with your blog site. To look at the content and search to understand purpose it serves. To look for the meaning and the identity that you create for yourself through your blog. Really fun to see the things you have posted and how many followers you have. Great work!

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  30. I have really enjoyed looking at your blog Natalie. This is the first time I have seen or heard of it and wanted you to know that my English teacher here in Salt Lake City has us doing an assignment with your blog site. To look at the content and search to understand purpose it serves. To look for the meaning and the identity that you create for yourself through your blog. Really fun to see the things you have posted and how many followers you have. Great work!

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