Ballerina Cupcakes

For my daughter’s first birthday party, I selected the theme “Ballerina Ball”.  The post for the whole party is located here:

Ballerina Birthday

This post is for the ballerina cupcakes I made for the party.

Photo courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

The cupcakes are made to look like a tutu skirt.  First I made sugar cookies in the shape of a bodice.  I drew the shape on paper and cut it out.  I used a knife to cut around the shape and used regular sugar cookie dough.  The document with the design for the bodice is below.

Next I put the icing.  (Recipe below)

Next I used sprinkles and some heart shaped pieces I had to make a necklace on the bodice before the icing dried and hardened.  Also I used crushed rock candy for the skirt and pink icing.

One caution I would give is to use a tried-and-true cake batter recipe.  I used my own new recipe and it did not rise as much as I would have liked.  The shirt should be tall and full which means you need your cupcakes to have the traditional dome top, but unfortunately mine did not rise much, so they don’t look as cute as I would have liked.  Another caution…if you use the crushed rock candy, scrape that part off before any small children attempt to eat it.  It is hard so it is a choking hazard for little bitty kids.  My daughter had her own cake for her birthday and the other kids who attended were older.

Sugar Cookie Icing
1 cup powdered sugar1 tablespoon light corn syrup
2 tablespoons water
food coloring (if desired)
Stir confectioners’ sugar, corn syrup, and water together. Stir in food coloring if desired. Use right away or it starts to harden.  Adjust the recipe as needed with either sugar or water until it is the right consistency you need.

Design I used for the cupcake topper, as well as the tutu sugar cookies from another post: