Father’s Day is next weekend, and so begins my mad scramble to figure out what to do for my dad and my husband. Both are avid golfers, so I thought I’d make some golf-themed cupcakes this year. This is not my first go-round creating such golfing goodies. Many years ago, I made a giant golf ball cake for my Dad’s birthday.
It was a fun cake to make but icing the giant golf ball and creating the dimples all over the surface was pretty time-consuming. This time I wanted to make something equally as cute but much quicker and easier to accomplish. So, with this in mind, I came up with the idea of making “Off The Tee” Easy Father’s Day Cupcakes decorated with green grass, colorful golf tees, and powdered-sugar donut hole “golf balls.”
To save time, I decided to use a mix. I like Duncan Hines because I think their Classic Yellow Deliciously Moist Cake tastes particularly good for a box cake and is indeed quite moist.
Once I prepared the batter, I baked them off in these Wilton grass cupcake liners, but plain green cupcake papers would do just as well.
Also, to save time, I chose to use store-bought frosting. I placed a can of Duncan Hines Creamy Homestyle Classic Vanilla Frosting in my mixer bowl and added a bit of Wilton Gel Food Coloring in Leaf Green. I felt that the resulting color was a bit too yellow, so I added a tiny bit of Royal Blue coloring to achieve an appropriate grass color. Using a small offset spatula, I covered the fully cooled cupcakes with a thin layer of icing so that the cake would not be visible through the piped grass icing.
I then filled a disposable icing bag, fitted with a Wilton #233 icing tip, with the rest of the tinted frosting (bag should be about half-full).
As long as your icing is a medium-firm consistency (put the icing bag in the refrigerator for a few minutes if it needs firming up), piping grass with this tip is one of the simplest cake decorating techniques to master. All you have to do is hold the bag at 90 ° straight up and squeeze the piping bag to form multiple blades of grass. Pull up and away when the grass icing strands are long enough (about 1/2 inch); stop the pressure and pull the tip away.
Check out this excellent YouTube Tutorial to see the technique demonstrated. If piping isn’t your thing, you can easily tint coconut with green food coloring and just sprinkle it on top of your green icing to make grass.
After completing all the grass, I just pushed a 3¼” wooden golf tee into the center of the cupcake. I then used a dab of frosting to adhere a powdered sugar donut hole to the top of the tee. You might have to push down and hold it there for a minute or two to get it to stick.
I think they turned out pretty cute, and I think that any golfing dad would be very interested in hitting these “Off The Tee” Easy Father’s Day Cupcakes.
Happy Father’s Day!
(Note: I am not affiliated with any of the websites or companies I mentioned in this post.)
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