In addition to the Welcome Home Wreath I made for my husbands deployment homecoming, I also made these Air Force Cupcakes to bring to his crew. I knew that they would be flying for almost 12 hours and I figured some homemade cupcakes would be a welcome sight.
Then I lined my baking sheet with a piece of wax paper and slid my drawing underneath.
In a small pastry bag, I melted about 1/2 cup of Wilton Chocolate melts (I literally put the wafers into the bag and microwaved it on 10 second increments until I could feel that it was mushy. Don’t put your tip on until after it is melted!
Then, using a #1 tip, I carefully traced over my airplane shape on the wax paper. I started out with a #2 tip, but those airplanes (top row- the two on the right) were very messy, so I went down to my #1 tip. Make more than you’ll think you need because #1, you’ll get better as you go along and the first few aren’t going to look too pretty and #2, just in case some break as you’re peeling them off the paper – none of mine did, but you never know!
I also piped out some words (wow was this ever so difficult! I think I piped out “welcome” 6 times before it looked normal!)
To make the flag cupcakes, I split my icing into 3 bowls – one bowl had about 40% of my total icing, and the other two had about 20% each. Blue food coloring went into the 40% bowl, and red food coloring went into one of the 20% bowls (the third was left white). Mix the food coloring thoroughly.
To start, I filled my pastry bag with the blue frosting and a #21 star tip. I piped little stars onto 1/4 of the cupcake (to make up the field of blue on the flag). I did this on 12 out of my 24 cupcakes. On the other 12, I swirled the remainder of the blue to make the sky for my chocolate airplanes.
Next I switched out the blue to red and piped little stars into 4 rows (see photo below for placement), and then finally, I piped white stars to finish off the flag. (see below on what to do with the remainder of the white) To make the sky look more sky-like, I swirled a bit of white to make little clouds for the chocolate plane to fly through. After that, I carefully placed my chocolate planes on top.