GERMAN FLAG CUPCAKES

Here is a fun, rushed little dessert project.  It has been a summer of missionary farewells within our family.  I made these flags quickly using royal icing.  Here is one example of what you can do with royal icing transfers to make a custom dessert.  Keep reading to see how I made these missionary cupcakes…

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STEP 1 :  MISSIONARY CUPCAKES

To start, I made royal icing in the colors of the German flag.  I used my favorite royal icing, the RECIPE IS FOUND HERE.  Thin the icing so it holds it shape, yet the small peaks flatten.  This could be considered a 17-20 second icing.  When you make a mark into the icing it will disappear completely after about 17-20 seconds.  I made these very quickly and only got the yellow icing right.  It should be like the consistency of a thick molasses.

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STEP 2 : MISSIONARY CUPCAKES – LAYER THE ROYAL ICING

I sized the German flag to about 1.5 inches wide and printed several onto a sheet of paper.  Size the flag depending on the size of the missionary cupcakes.  Place the paper inside a sheet protector.  Next, I tape the sheet protector onto a cookie sheet for a nice smooth service to work on.  Here is another example of how I have used royal icing transfers.  I first added a band of black at the top of the mini flags.  Notice, I made the black icing too thick and it shows too many texture marks.

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Next I add the lower band of yellow royal icing to the mini flags for the missionary cupcakes.  The yellow royal icing looks perfect!  It holds its shape and smooths nicely.  Allow this to dry for at least 20 minutes, or until it is set.  I live in a dry climate so this happens fairly quickly.

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Now add the red icing to the center of the flag.  As you can see the red icing is a bit too thin and flows outside the edge of the flag.  Now you wait for the entire royal transfer to dry.  I left them overnight in front of a fan to speed the drying process.  Carefully lift the flags up once they are dry.

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Again… I unintentionally created a little lesson on royal icing consistency as I made these missionary cupcakes.  Too thick – you get little marks in the royal icing.  Too thin and the royal icing flows everywhere.  It just takes practice.  I’ve been working with royal icing for over three years now and sometimes it’s great – other times I make a mess.  In the end I turns out just fine either way.  Practice makes perfect!

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STEP 3 – MISSIONARY CUPCAKES – REMOVE THE FLAGS AND PLACE THEM ON THE CUPCAKES

At this point you are done making the little flags for the missionary cupcakes.  These cute little flags can be placed on any dessert at this point.  I think of it as a big sprinkle.  I told people they did not have to eat them, but most of the kids loved them.  They said it tasted like a big piece of candy.  Have fun making these little missionary cupcakes for your next event.

P.S.  These could have doubled as cupcakes for a World Cup party… Germany did so well in the 2014 World Cup!

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