Mom spent years packing you lunches in adorable shapes and baking up the trendiest desserts, so give her sweet tooth a well deserved vacation this Mother's Day and bake up a batch of irresistably sweet treats for Mama to munch on.
Take Mom back to the days when you were an adorable baby with these quilt-inspired cupcakes. The patchwork look is easy to recreate but gives your design a dimensional design that looks professionally done. We used pink royal icing we made from scratch and a store bought green gel icing for our cupcakes, but use whatever your mom’s favorite colors.
If cupcakes aren't your thing, but you're still feeling a little nostalgic for your favorite baby quilt, try our quilted cookies tutorial instead! They're just as pretty and sweet for the ultimate Mother's Day treat.
A batch of your mom’s favorite cupcakes
4 cups royal icing (we made ours using the directions here)
Store brought gel icing (if using)
2 piping bags and tips (We used a Wilton 2 for the crosshatch design and a 1 for filling in the squares. If you don’t have piping bags and pastry tips, you can fill plastic sandwich bags with icing and cut the tips off the bottom to use to pipe.)
Bake a batch of your mom’s favorite cupcakes and let cool. While the cupcakes are cooling off, mix up some royal icing – divide the icing in half if using the gel icing from the store, or into thirds if using two shades of royal icing to fill in the crosshatch squares.
When cool to the touch, use a plastic piping bag with a small round tip to pipe a white crosshatch pattern on each cupcake with the first third of your royal icing, Make sure that each square is big enough for you to fill with icing later on. Allow the crosshatch pattern to set completely.
Tint a remaining icing with color(s) of your choice using food coloring drops. Thin each color of royal icing used with a teaspoon or two of water until it spreads when dripped off the back of a spoon. This will make application easier and creates a smooth surface.
Using a second piping bag and very small tip, fill in every other square with one of your colors. Repeat the process to fill in remaining empty squares with your second color.