Here's what the logos look like, officially (props to Kim, Creative Director extraordinaire):
And here they are as cupcakes:
The tops are free-handed, made from Color Flow icing -- one of the coolest techniques I learned in the Wilton cake decorating classes I took last year. Color Flow powder is a slightly modified version of meringue powder. Here's the recipe for Color Flow icing from the Wilton site. You only use 2 Tbsp of powder per recipe so a tub will last a good while. Using the icing is really easy. All you do is:
- Find a pattern and tape it to a hard, smooth surface. A cutting board works well.
- Cover the pattern with a piece of wax paper a little bigger than the design. Tape to secure, but not too much. You want to be able to remove it later.
- Make Color Flow icing and pipe all the edges of the design and any place where two colours will meet. Let Dry.
- Thin Color Flow icing to the right consistency (see recipe above for instructions) and fill in each color separately. If you're making batches like I did, do all of one colour at a time then do all of the second color etc. Fill the larger areas first as they help support the smaller details.
- Let dry at least overnight before handling, longer for larger &/ or thicker pieces.
Once the Color Flow pieces have dried, just place on top of freshly iced cupcakes. (And take to work if you want to be really popular!) This technique also works fantastically on cookies.