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Bake and cool two dozen chocolate mini cupcakes.
Tint icing using Color Right System and QuickCount color formulas in the following shades:
Summer Sand: 8 B + 1 R + 14 Y
Black: 70 B
Using a decorating bag fitted with tip 1A filled with Summer Sand-colored icing, pipe a large bead on each mini cupcake.
Unwrap chocolate kisses and attach a kiss to the front of each bead of buttercream.
Attach slivered almonds to bead of buttercream in rows.
Using a decorating bag fitted with tip 2 and filled with black icing, pipe two small black eyes and a nose.
The bead shape makes impressive borders outlines and accents on letters and designs; also a cute trim on clothing and gingerbread houses. The basis for making piped hearts
and figure piping.
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.