Royal icing in green (to cover the cupcakes) and black and white (for the ball)
Ball template – The template was used to make the balls. You can draw these free hand, but I traced mine from an online image and resized it to fit the cupcakes. I did not want the balls to be bigger than the diameter of the cupcakes, and I did not want them too small that they looks insignificant on the cupcakes. Once I had the right sized template, I traced the pattern onto a parchment paper. I made a couple of these templates.
Wilton round tip #2 to pipe the royal icing.
And here is how I assembled the cupcakes:
I prepared the royal icing ball templates as explained above. Once I had the pattern on pieces of parchment paper, I turned the parchment paper over and used black and white royal icing to draw and fill the soccer balls. I turn the templates over because I do not want any of the pencil marks to be transferred onto the icing. Turning the paper over helps in making sure the pencil markings do not come into contact with the icing.
In piping the icing, I used a round piping tip and started with the black sections of the ball first. I did not thin the royal icing instead, I used it in its original consistency. I piped the icing in circular motion and as you can see in the image, it has left a pretty circular pattern on the ball, giving it more texture. Once all the black sections were done, I completed the piping with white royal icing by filling up all sections that were meant to be filled up in white.
Once the piping was done, I left the balls aside for them to set and dry completely. I normally leave such royal icing decorations overnight so that there is ample time for the deco pieces to set. Once set, I peeled off the parchment paper (have to do this very carefully to avoid the balls from breaking).
This is the close up picture of the royal icing soccer ball after peeling it off the parchment paper:
As for the cupcakes, I coated the top of each cupcake with some green icing. I used royal icing here (left over from my football cake). I let the green icing set before I attached the soccer balls onto the cupcakes with a dab of royal icing.
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