A friend asked me to make cupcakes for a shower she's throwing. The cupcake tier is a styrofoam cupcake stand. I painted it by hand with acrylic paint (you can not spray paint styrofoam, it will dissintigrate). I then covered it with scrapbook paper & embellished the edges with ribbon. The cupcakes are vanilla & chocolate with Martha Stewart's Fluffy Vanilla Frosting.
I used Wilton's 1M tip to decorate the cupcakes. I used non pareils, sanding sugar & shaved white chocolate on top.
Recipe for the frosting follows:
Makes about 4 cups.
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 pound (4 cups) confectioners' sugar, sifted
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
With an electric mixer, beat butter on medium-high speed until pale and creamy, about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to medium. Add the confectioners' sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl as needed; after every two additions, raise speed to high and beat 10 seconds to aerate frosting, then return to medium-high. This process should take about 5 minutes. Frosting will be very pale and fluffy.
Add vanilla, and beat until frosting is smooth. If not using immediately, frosting can be refrigerated up to 10 days in an airtight container. Before using, bring to room temperature, and beat on low speed until smooth again, about 5 minutes.