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Pinwheel Cupcake Summer Dessert

Finally, a food the kids can play with! The pinwheels in this fun summer cupcake recipe add a feeling of nostalgia for you, and added entertainment for the little ones.

The smell of freshly cut grass and a slight breeze in the hot air are quintessential characteristics of summer. These cupcakes capture both.

  • Cupcakes*
  • Frosting
  • Green food coloring
  • Scissors
  • Disposable decorating bag
  • Coupler
  • Size "233" decorating tip
  • Mini pinwheels

*Bake your favorite cupcake recipe or use cake mix. If using store-bought frosting, I find it best to thicken it with powdered sugar, as the food coloring can make it runnier, and you’ll want the frosting to keep its shape. Find the decorating bag, coupler and tip (also known as the “grass” tip) at the craft store. I found the pinwheels at the craft store, or you can make your own. For food coloring, I suggest Americolor Soft Gel Paste, Electric Green or Leaf Green, found at specialty stores and online.

Prepare your cupcakes and frosting according to the recipes. Tint the frosting green and thicken if necessary with powdered sugar. Prepare a decorating bag with the coupler and tip and fill with the green frosting.

Pipe the frosting on the cupcakes. To pipe, hold the decorating bag vertically over the cupcake, squeeze and pull up quickly to make frosting “grass.” Repeat to cover the entire tops of the cupcakes.

Insert the pinwheel, and serve!

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