How to Make the Cutest Lawnmower Cupcakes
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Looking for a fun and creative way to celebrate lawnmower season? Look no further than lawnmower cupcakes! These delicious treats are sure to put a smile on everyone’s face, and they’re easy enough for even the novice baker to make. In this cupcake article, we will teach you how to make lawnmower cupcakes using simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get baking!
What is lawnmower season?
Lawnmower season is the time of year when people start to get their lawns ready for spring. lawnmower cupcakes are a fun and creative way to celebrate this season.
OK – we might celebrate a few too many things in our house — oops!
Who are these lawnmower cupcakes for?
Do you have a teen who is just getting started mowing lawns? Is mowing the lawn something MOM OR Dad simply loves to do? This lawnmower cupcake idea is perfect for surprising them!
For the Best Cupcake Frosting
For the frosting, you will need a few simple things:
- 1 cup of unsalted butter
- 3 cups of powdered sugar
- ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Green food coloring gel
- Red food coloring gel
In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl, cream together the butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the vanilla extract, then remove a small amount of the frosting to put into another bowl.
With the frosting left in your large bowl, add a few drops of green food coloring gel and mix until you reach your desired shade of green.
Add red food coloring gel and mix until you reach your desired shade of red in the smaller bowl of frosting.
Pro tip: If the frosting is still tough and powdery, add 1-2 TBSP heavy whipped cream to make it smoother.
Place the piping bag into a large glass and fold the sides of the bag over the rim of the glass. Scoop the red frosting into the piping bag. Bring the pastry bag edges up and twist them together to start decorating.
Add a Wilton 18 sized star tip to your bag.
If you don’t have a piping bag, try a plastic sandwich bag with the tip snipped off. Frost the cooled and filled cupcakes.
Take the green buttercream frosting and divide it into 2 piping bags: 1 with a large cut tip for the smooth cut grass section of the cupcake and one with a Wilton 233 tip for the uncut grass.
How do I make these adorable lawnmower cupcakes?
I like to make the chocolate cupcake base from scratch with the following recipe:
You will need:
- 2 C sugar
- 1 3/4 C flour
- 3/4 C cocoa
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 eggs, room temp
- 1 C whole milk, room temp
- 1/2 C canola oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 C boiling water
How to make Chocolate Cupcakes
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line the cupcake tins with paper liners.
Whisk the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Combine the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla in a smaller bowl.
Add this wet mixture to the dry ingredients, beating on medium until the batter is smooth. Gradually add the boiling water, milk, and oil and blend until the batter is smooth.
Using a medium scoop, fill the paper-lined cupcake tins with the prepared batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Allow to cool slightly before transferring to wire racks.
What you need for Lawnmower Cupcakes:
- Baked and cooled chocolate cupcakes
- Piping bag of RED buttercream frosting
- Piping bags of GREEN buttercream frosting
- 1-2 oz chocolate melts or almond bark in a piping bag with a small cut tip
- Hershey nugget candies, 1 per cupcake
- Brown mini M&M’s, 1 per cupcake for lawnmower top
- Brown regular M&M’s, 4 per cupcake for the wheels
Lawnmower Cupcake Tutorial
Place the chocolate melts in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave it for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between microwaving until smooth.
Cool the chocolate slightly, then pour the melted chocolate into a disposable piping bag.
Draw or use a stencil to create a handle shape for the lawnmower on a piece of paper.
Place it on a sheet pan, then place a sheet of wax paper over the image you drew.
Cut a small opening at the tip of the bag of melted chocolate and pipe the handles onto the wax paper, making one for each cupcake.
Place the chocolate lawnmower handles in the refrigerator to set up.
Use the green frosting with a large cut tip to pipe a smooth flat path of frosting down the middle of each cupcake to represent mowed grass, as shown.
Place the unwrapped Nugget candy on the end of the green frosting path – the front of the lawnmower will be the side near the edge of the cupcake.
Use the red frosting to cover the nugget candy in star-shaped dollops completely.
Place the mini M&M on top of the frosted Nuggets in the center.
Add regular M&M wheels on both sides of the frosted Nugget.
Use the green frosting with that Wilton 233 tip, and pipe what will be your unmowed grass on both unfrosted sides of the cupcake.
Next, carefully remove the chocolate lawnmower handles you made from the wax paper and place them just behind the back of the lawnmower as shown.
You are ready to share & enjoy!
Lawnmower Cupcakes FAQs:
Q: What kind of cupcakes should I use?
A: I like to use a chocolate cupcake base, but you can use any flavor.
Q: Can I use a different kind of candy for the lawnmower?
A: Yes, you could use any small rectangle-shaped candy you like. Just make sure it’s big enough to stand up on its own.
Q: Can I use a different color frosting for the lawnmower?
A: Yes, you can use any colors you like. You could even do a rainbow of colors!
Q: Can I make these ahead of time?
A: Yes, you can make the lawnmower handles and the frosting ahead of time. Store the handles in an airtight container in the fridge until you’re ready to use them. Store the buttercream frosting in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to a month. Just make sure to thaw it in the fridge overnight before you use it.
Q: How do I store these cupcakes?
A: These cupcakes are best stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. Let them come to room temperature before serving.
I hope you enjoy these lawnmower cupcakes! If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below. Happy baking!
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