Cupcakes. The final frontier…
A lot of my friends love Star Trek, but my friend Jessica is a huge fan. She has a hilarious web series called Awkward Embraces and one episode that had me laughing out loud (Episode 6) was when she went on a date and talked about Star Trek TNG. A lot.
When I thought of making cupcakes, I thought of Star Trek ToS – the original series. I like the colors and the ‘modern’ look – the sleek view of what the future is supposed to look like. I thought that would translate well into a cupcake. What? You don’t have sketchbooks full of ideas of how your favorite nerd things can be turned into a cupcake? Ok, just me.
So I made these cupcakes for Jessica and all of our friends who love Star Trek…of course the red ones would be eaten first. So sad.
red gel dye
blue gel dye
yellow gel dye
silver luster dust
I wanted to make the cupcakes look like the Enterprise crew shirt colors. First I took regular white fondant into three parts and dyed it red, yellow and blue. High quality baker’s fondant tastes slightly better than your average store bought fondant and I think it dyes a bit better.
Roll out the fondant to about 3/16″ thick, then using a 2.5″ biscuit cutter, cut out circles.
Let the circles dry for 1-2 days in covered or in an airtight container.
For the insignia I printed out images on heavy cardstock, making them 1″ tall. Using an x-acto I carefully cut out the pieces. This will serve as the template.
I rolled out plain white fondant to 3/16″ thick and laid the template over it, cutting out the emblems with a CLEAN x-acto knife.
The whole point of these cupcakes was really just so I could play with luster dust. I mean, getting to make food bright and silvery AND edible? Awesome. It was so fun, I’m now addicted. I want to bling out everything. Silver carrots anyone? Ok, too far.
Using a clean paintbrush – brush the silvery powder onto the fondant. Careful, it tends to get everywhere.
Let the symbols sit and dry out, then place them on top of the colored circles.
I made Brown Sugar Cupcakes (recipe, here) and frosted them with a Whipped Cream Cheese frosting (recipe, here) and when I was ready to serve, I simply placed the fondant circles on top of the cupcakes.
I took these to a party and all the Star Trek fans loved them. Success!