Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Lisa Frank Cupcakes and the Perfect Cream Cheese Frosting.

On Monday I mentioned that I perfected my cream cheese frosting. Today I'm sharing the updated frosting recipe, along with a quick idea for making affordable themed cupcake toppers. The ratios for the frosting are just slightly different, but the end result is incredibly good. 

(Keep in mind that the original recipe yields enough to generously frost 24 cupcakes, while this recipe yields double that.)

Perfect Cream Cheese Frosting:

3 8oz. blocks of cream cheese, room temperature
2 sticks. butter, room temperature
9 cups powdered sugar (more or less)
3 tbsp. vanilla extract
Splash of heavy cream

In your largest mixing bowl, cream the cream cheese and butter. Add in the powdered sugar little by little so that your kitchen doesn't become a complete disaster. Once it's all blended, add in the vanilla. If the frosting appears too stiff you can splash in a bit of cream, but be careful not to thin the frosting too much if you plan to pipe it on.

I used this frosting to top cupcakes for a 90s themed party. I was pretty young in the 90s, and one thing I really loved was Lisa Frank. I have this Lisa Frank sticker book that I've been hanging onto forever. The stickers have all lost their "stick" by now, but they're really cute in their own hot pink/rainbow/unicorn way, and I decided it would be really cool to make cupcake toppers out of some of them. You can use the same idea to make cupcake toppers quickly and easily out of any stickers. Just affix each sticker to a toothpick with a tiny bit of tape, a little hot glue, or a glue dot. For a more finished look, you can sandwich the toothpick between the sticker and a cardstock backing. 

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