That is a lot of tiny little things to do. So, I was brainstorming on how to get these 48 things knocked out of the way quickly. Now, I don't claim brilliance often, but hear me out people, cause what is coming next is brilliant. Seriously. It has the potential to change your entire baking life. I know... you're totally on the edge of your seat now, right? (Yeah... I know you're not, but that's ok, because I promise you... you will soon be indebted to me forever for saving you hours of slaving over cupcakes in the half hour before you're supposed to leave for your kid's 3rd grade party which he or she oh-so-inconveniently completely forgot to tell you that he or she signed up to bring 100 cupcakes.)
Here's the long and short of it. Ready?
Take a can of ready-made frosting. You know... the kind in a can. Yeah, that one. (Disclaimer... I am not the biggest fan of ready-made icing. I am, as you know, slightly perfectionistic and slightly OCD and those two things combined with baking makes for an all-from-scratch kind of baker. However... ready-made frosting definitely has a place and by golly, I've found it!)So, take the said can.
Take off the lid.
Tear off the foil cover.
Place the said can in the microwave. Yes, I said microwave. (Looks kinda odd in there, doesn't it?)
Heat for 30 seconds on 50% power. Stir.
Heat for 30 more seconds on 50% power. Stir.
And now... for the piece do resistance...
dip the top of your cupcake directly in the melted icing while it's still in the can.
Just dunk it in a bit until the top is covered. Pull it up and let the excess kinda drizzle off for a second. Then turn it over. And marvel at the perfet shiny glazed masterpiece that you have hand-crafted in less than 3.5 seconds.
It's a thing of beauty, my friends. No need to even dirty a single bowl. Incredible. They're good to go. Just let them dry and be amaze all your friends with your lovely little cakelets.
Now, if you wanna get super creative you just let those bad boys dry, then pipe on a bit of something. Me? I don't draw. However, I do write. So, I went with something simple.