Happy Earth Day Cupcakes


Delight in the beauty of the land and sea with these bold and beautiful Happy Earth Day cupcakes. Decorated using a variety of piping techniques, including the rosette, ruffle, star and dots, these cupcakes are a tasty and fun way to celebrate the Earth’s abundant beauty. Use a variety of green and blue shades of icing to help bring your cupcakes to life.
Makes: 24 cupcakes
Skill Level: Beginner

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Step 1

Bake cupcakes. Prepare cake batter following recipe instructions. Bake and cool cupcakes in white cupcake liners.

Step 2

Tint icing. Using Royal Blue icing color, tint 2 cups icing royal blue. Using Kelly Green icing color, tint 1 cup icing kelly green. Using Leaf Green icing color, tint 1 cup icing leaf green. Tint 1 cup icing each dark blue, dark teal and light green using color combinations provided. Combine Royal Blue and touch of Black icing colors to get dark blue color shown. Combine Teal and Royal Blue icing colors to get dark teal color shown. Combine Teal and Kelly Green icing colors to get light green color shown.

Step 3

Prepare decorating bags. Prepare decorating bag with tip 2F; fill with royal blue icing. Prepare remaining decorating bags, separately, with remaining tips. Fill each bag separately with desired icing color.

Step 4

Decorate cupcakes. Using tip 2F, pipe one large rosette on each cupcake. Fill remaining top of cupcake with ruffles (tip 67), stars (tips 199 and 16), leaves (tip 352) and dots (tip 6).

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Learn how to pipe beautiful rosettes, big and small, to add charming floral accents. Rosettes are a great way to create quick decorations. Different tips create different “petal” effects. Rosettes can be used to add a simple floral accent to a dessert or to cover a cake or cupcake.

Ruffles add a decorative top border to your cakes or cupcakes. Pipe ruffles around plaques or to trim doll dresses or bonnets.

One of the most popular techniques, stars come in a range of sizes and styles. Experiment with open and closed stars for variation in look. The star technique is timeless and can be used as a classic border or as a stunning fill-in for the top of a dessert.

Make a simple, versatile leaf to add realistic details to flowers. Leaf tips can also be used to make simple flowers, such as sunflowers.

Perfect for classic borders or cloudlike decorations, dots are a versatile technique that can be piped in a range of sizes. The dot technique can be used as a simple border for cakes and cookies, as well as for icing cupcakes or piping meringues.

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