In collaboration with the Affordable Art Fair I'm drawing dessert inspiration from art.
image courtesy of ArtStar
The image is bright and celebratory so I created cupcakes to match! I used a browned butter vanilla cake you can find my recipe here. Feel free to use any kind of cake you like as long as it is light in color.
- Decide how many balloon colors you want, I made 5 but any number is fine. I recommend using about 1/3-1/2 cup of cake batter per color. Place the batter you plan to color in their own bowls. Mix a few drops of food coloring in.
- Bake each batter individually in its own cake pan or a large sheet pan.
- Once your cakes have completely cooled, use a rounded cookie cutter to cut out some mini-balloons.
- Freeze the balloons for at least 30 minutes and ideally over an hour.
- Spoon a bit of cake batter into each cupcake mold and drop in a mix of frozen mini balloons over the batter. Completely cover with batter so the balloons are no longer visible.
- Bake the cupcakes. Since we’ve added cold pieces of cake in with the batter add about 5 minutes to the recommended baking time.
- Once the cupcakes have cooled, flip them over and slice off the rounded top of each cake, creating a flat bottom the cake can sit on.
- Decorate! Frost the cupcakes. For added balloon decorations use gum paste. I used white gum paste and added food coloring the achieve the desires shades. Roll out the gum paste and use a balloon cookie cutter to cut balloons out of the gum paste. Top the frosted cupcakes with the balloons.