Wild Animal Print Cupcakes

Wild Animal Print Cupcakes

Lions, tigers and zebras, oh my! Create some wild cupcakes with fun and easy animal prints that are great for an everyday decorating project or a sweet treat at a zoo-themed party. Create your own template and use sanding sugar to quickly and easily decorate zebra, tiger and cheetah designs – or whatever else you can dream up!
  • Prep1 hr 15 min
  • Total Time3 hr 35 min
  • Skill LevelBeginner


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  1. Bake cupcakes. Prepare cake batter following recipe instructions. Bake and cool cupcakes in black cupcake liners.
  2. Create pattern template. Draw several 3-inch circles on your paper, then draw desired animal patterns within circles. Cover designs with parchment paper.
  3. Ice cupcakes. Using spatula, ice cupcakes smooth using white icing.
  4. Prepare parchment triangles. Make 3 cones out of parchment paper. If tape won’t stick, tear small slits on the folded edge and crimp to secure. Trim ½ inch from the end to create a 1/4-inch hole.
  5. Decorate cupcakes. Fill cones separately with black, gold and white sugars. Tap cones gently to sprinkle sugar onto the patterns, and use a small brush to sweep sugar into place. Approximately one teaspoon of sugar is needed for each cupcake.

    Once sugar is in place on pattern, hold frosted cupcake upside down and roll gently in sugar, tilting from side to side. Repeat process for all cupcakes.


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