My friend turns 30 on Monday, but she's celebrating a few days early. The plan is to start with appetizers and drinks at their apartment and then go out for a night on the town. I offered to bake (naturally), and my friend asked for either cupcakes or cookies. I confirmed with her what I (thought I) already knew -- that mini cupcakes are just way cuter than regular-sized ones (well, aren't they?!), and decided to go with mini cupcakes. I figured since it was a special occasion, I'd go with an extra-festive look - chocolate mini-cupcakes in silver foil papers with vanilla buttercream, with silver fondant "30s" and garnished in silver sugar and dragees. Who cares that silver is the 25th anniversary color?
I started by baking (way too many) mini chocolate cupcakes in silver foil cupcake liners. I used a recipe I made recently - the chocolate fudge cake from the White Chocolate Truffle and Chocolate Fudge Layer Cake. I made a new butttercream recipe this time because my "regular" buttercream recipe takes forever and makes WAY too much icing. I rolled out white fondant and cut out several 3s and 0s, let them dry a little, and then sprayed the fronts and backs with edible silver spray. I piped the icing using a large star tip, placed the "30s" in the icing of about half of them, and then in keeping with the silver theme, I used silver sugar and silver dragees to decorate all of the cupcakes.