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Dragon Cupcakes: Chinese New Year

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Over the weekend, Doug and I put together a fun Chinese New Year Celebration for you. Most of the week, we will be sharing the recipes, decorating and crafts we made. We also have a giveaway on Thursday, so stay tuned for that!

These Dragon Cupcakes were the perfect addition to the Chinese New Year Celebration. They would also be great for a dragon lovin’ kiddo’s birthday party. I used bright colors, but you could certainly change the colors to fit the birthday theme.

He looks difficult, but after you break it down, it’s very easy. Let me show you…

Dragon Cupcake Tail

  1. Frost cupcake with green icing and smooth
  2. Using the bag fitted with #10 Tip and yellow frosting, pipe on tail
  3. At the base of the tail {where it meets the body} add a few more dots to make it a little thicker
  4. Pipe on the “spikes” with the #352 leaf tip and blue frosting

Dragon Cupcake Body

  1. Add a #10 tip to the decorator bag with orange frosting
  2. Pipe on small dots, 2-3 rows on one side of each cupcake, making sure that you are connecting the rows
  3. Add a #10 tip to the decorator bag with yellow frosting
  4. Pipe on the remainder of the cupcake
  5. Add a #352 leaf tip to the decorator bag with blue frosting
  6. Add “spikes” to the top of one row of orange

Dragon Cupcake Head

  1. Frost cupcake with green icing and smooth
  2. Fit a decorator bag with a giant round tip and fill with blue icing
  3. Pipe on a large circle for the head
  4. Change blue frosting bag to a #12 tip, pipe on snout
  5. Add the nostrils with a #3 Tip, I used a lighter shade of blue for the nostrils
  6. Add a #3 Tip to the bag with red frosting
  7. Pipe on the horns and tongue
  8. Add #352 Leaf Tip to the blue frosting and add the ears
  9. Add a #3 Tip to the bag with white frosting
  10. Pipe on the eyes and add a couple jumbo sprinkles or other candy
Dragon Cupcakes
 
Make these fun Dragon Cupcakes from HoosierHomemade.com to celebrate the Chinese New Year!
Ingredients
  • 8 {or more} regular size cupcakes – I used Orange Flavor Cupcakes {recipe from Cupcake Chronicles Newsletter }
  • Decorator Icing or your favorite frosting
  • Decorator Tips Giant Round, #12 {round}, #10 {round}, #3 {small round}, #352 {leaf}
  • Decorator bags and couplers
  • Coloring – Sky blue, No-Taste Red, Orange, Buttercup Yellow, Leaf Green
  • 2 dark colored jumbo sprinkles for the eyes
Instructions
  1. Color icing and fill bags
  2. Place cupcakes together to form dragon
Dragon Body
  1. Add a #10 tip to the decorator bag with orange frosting
  2. Pipe on small dots, 2-3 rows on one side of each cupcake, making sure that you are connecting the rows
  3. Add a #10 tip to the decorator bag with yellow frosting
  4. Pipe on the remainder of the cupcake
  5. Add a #352 leaf tip to the decorator bag with blue frosting
  6. Add “spikes” to the top of one row of orange
Dragon Tail
  1. Frost cupcake with green icing and smooth
  2. Using the bag fitted with #10 Tip and yellow frosting, pipe on tail
  3. At the base of the tail {where it meets the body} add a few more dots to make it a little thicker
  4. Pipe on the “spikes” with the #352 leaf tip and blue frosting
Dragon Head
  1. Frost cupcake with green icing and smooth
  2. Fit a decorator bag with a giant round tip and fill with blue icing
  3. Pipe on a large circle for the head
  4. Change blue frosting bag to a #12 tip, pipe on snout
  5. Add the nostrils with a #3 Tip, I used a lighter shade of blue for the nostrils
  6. Add a #3 Tip to the bag with red frosting
  7. Pipe on the horns and tongue
  8. Add #352 Leaf Tip to the blue frosting and add the ears
  9. Add a #3 Tip to the bag with white frosting
  10. Pipe on the eyes and add a couple jumbo sprinkles or other candy

We kicked off the Chinese New Year Celebration with Orange Mango Chicken yesterday. It has amazing flavor, and is a quick and easy meal for anytime, not just for the Chinese New Year.

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