Barbie has inspired people young and old since her debut in 1959. She's had 108 careers and represented 50 different nationalities. Barbie is more than a doll, she's an international icon, and cupcakes are a way to incorporate her into your event. Barbie cupcakes can be featured at parties for children or even elegant soirées for adults.
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Barbie Silhouette Cupcakes
In 2009, to celebrate Barbie's 50th anniversary, the Barbie Rocks jewellery line was launched. The signature piece in the collection was a diamond studded silhouette of Barbie's head, complete with ponytail. This silhouette offers a modern, elegant way to decorate cupcakes. The silhouette is small and simple enough to hand-pipe onto the top of cupcakes. Use a small icing tip to create an outline of Barbie's head or fill in the outline to create a cameo-like look. Or, type "Barbie silhouette" into any search engine for pictures, cut out a silhouette and use it as a template on rolled fondant icing. Use a small, sharp knife to trace around the template.
Barbie Accessories Cupcakes
Instead of focusing on the doll herself, focus on Barbie's many iconic accessories. Barbie is known for pink high-heels, hich can be easily shaped out of fondant icing. Purses and sunglasses can also be shaped out of fondant and placed on top of cupcakes. Barbie also has over 50 pets who can be incorporated into cupcake designs. Create Barbie's pets using liquorice for whiskers and small candies to form faces and ears. Barbie's pets include horses, dogs and a giraffe.
Barbie Themed Rings and Wrappers
For hostesses who are short on time and experienced, try no-bake options for decorating Barbie cupcakes. Purchase cupcake accessories at any party or baking supply store. Barbie cupcake rings are both a cupcake topper and ring. They're made of plastic with a picture of Barbie on the front; kids can wear them after they eat the cupcake. Barbie-theme cupcake wrappers add decoration to cupcakes made from scratch or a mix. Photo-icing is the easiest way to achieve a Barbie design. Bakeries and grocery stores can take any Barbie image and create sugar-based edible prints to put on cupcakes. The downside of photo-icing is that cupcakes will have a flat top instead of the traditional swirl.
Non-Commercialized Barbie Cupcakes
Your child or friend may want Barbie cupcakes, but the idea of creating commercialised dessert may not appeal to you. There are several ways to create cupcakes that evoke the Barbie theme without actually featuring the brand. Use pink and purple icing to reference Barbie's colour scheme. Sanding sugar, a kind of decorating sugar, can be used to create glittery or sparkly looks in any colour. Sprinkles can be purchased in specific colour combinations and shapes, including hearts. The "B" initial can be piped onto cupcakes, or bake miniature "B" cookies that can sit upright in the cupcake icing.
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