I'm not sure that I want to kickstart another in-house baking business here in the UK, but I did accept a cupcake project for a baby shower. The customer wanted vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting and a baby dragon design on top. I finally concocted a pretty darn good vanilla cupcake recipe with vanilla frosting (see previous post) and found an adorable photo of dragon cupcakes that I attempted to emulate (though clearly more practice is needed):
With a 12" pastry bag and a wilton #12 round tip, I then piped a dragon body, feet, and face using the green frosting:
Using the yellow frosting in a 12" pastry bag with a #3 tip, I made two lines on the mouth portion of the dragon, three horns next to the ears, 'spikes' down the dragons back and tail, 3 toes on each of the four feet, and made a triangular/heart shaped piece at the end of the dragon's tail.
Next I used an 8" pastry bag with a #5 tip and piped white dots for the eyes and placed a chocolate chip in the center (really needed mini chocolate chips, but didn't have any!).
Using rolled white fondant, I cut out ovals, then cut the ovals in half, and using a scalloped shaped round cutter, cut out a section of the half oval, then cut the half oval in half to use as a pair of wings (did you catch all that?). I then brushed the wings with a mixture of wilton's orchid pink pearl dust and almond extract to make them pink and shiny. I bent a tiny section of the wing so that it would insert into the cupcake. Alas, the final result: