It’s almost Easter. Can you believe 2013 is almost one quarter over? I’m still trying to remember to write “2013!” Yikes. So today I am rambling down my Easter trail. Or should I say hippity-hopping? I didn’t think I had done anything yet, but as it turns out I have. I put this little cupcake in my Grandmother’s pink depression glass sherbet dish. They are such fine glass and such a pretty pink.
Anyway, I saw these marzipan strawberries someplace and I just couldn’t get them out of my mind. I had to try to make them. They were so easy. I must have done something wrong. First time trials for me are never easy or turn out right. I surprised myself.
They inspired me to pull out some of my Easter bunny decorations and get some plastic eggs. Then yesterday I bought some tulips for a vase on the counter. I wanted something fresh and pretty to look at. I can’t wait until the outside garden begins to take shape and looks fresh and green. This is a true view of my kitchen counter. When I walk in the house in the afternoon this is what I get to see. I like it.
I baked some mini and regular strawberry size (cake mix) cupcakes. I trimmed the tops off to make them flat. Then I warmed a container of cream cheese icing in the microwave until it was a pourable consistency. Not too long. I colored mine with Wilton rose gel food coloring. Gently stir in the color with a toothpick. Frost the cupcakes with a nice layer, but not enough to dribble down the sides.
For the strawberries:
I bought a roll of marzipan (almond paste). Using a piece about ½” in size when rolled into a ball, begin to shape the strawberry. Once you get the shape and size desired, roll it over a ginger grater to get the seed dimples on the berry.
Insert a toothpick in the broad base end and dry slightly on a piece of Styrofoam. About 4 hours.
While those are drying use a piece of the marzipan to form the green leaves. Put on your gloves and knead in the green food gel until evenly distributed. Roll out to about a 1/8” thickness and cut out with a flower cookie cutter. Shape to a desired fit at the base of the berry. I affixed the green petal to the berry base with a drop of frosting.
After the berries are slightly dry, brush on a red color dust (Wilton) to your desired shade of red. I used Rose.
From here you are free to use the berries in any form you want. I put mine on the strawberry cupcakes.
I still had cupcakes so I made some of my favorite decorator buttercream icing and made a few cupcakes topped with flowers. I put them on toothpicks and displayed them on a Styrofoam base. They look like a nice bouquet.
Clear glass plates (2 medium and 1 small) with clear glass short candlesticks. Glue them together and Voila!! A display server.
I am getting ready for the Saturday Dishes share party. I hope you will hop on over!