Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350F and mix up the cake batter according to the box or recipe directions. Line a cupcake pan with blue and green cupcake liners.
Step 2: Fill each cavity in the cupcake pan about 3/4 full of batter, you should get 24 cupcakes from one cake mix.
Step 3: Bake the cupcakes according to the directions on the package or recipe. (This is usually at about 350F for 20 minutes.) When the timer goes off check to see if they’re done, they may take an additional couple minutes. The cupcakes are done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Step 4: Take the cupcakes out of the oven and let them cool for a minute or two in the pan. After two minutes, gently lift them out of the pan and place them on a cooling rack to finish cooling.
Step 5: Color your gum paste. Divide up your gum paste into 3 equal pieces. Use the following guide for coloring:
Step 6: To color the gum paste, simply add a couple drops of the appropriate food coloring to the gum paste, then pull and twist it with your fingers until the food color is worked completely through the paste. If the gum paste is too stiff or too sticky, add a little shortening (like Crisco) to make it more pliable and easier to work with. As you color, add more food coloring, drop by drop, until the gum paste is the color you want it to be. Keep the colored gum paste in plastic bags when you’re not working with it so it won’t dry out too quickly.
Step 7: To make the confetti streamers roll out a medium marble-sized piece of green gum paste. Place it on a sheet of wax paper, and with a small rolling pin, roll it out to about 1/8th inch thick. Cut the rolled gum paste into 1/8 inch wide strips, then cut the strips to about 1½ inches long.
Step 8: Curl each strip around a lollipop stick, and let it dry for several minutes. You can wrap several strips around one lollipop stick. These will be the streamers on your cupcakes!
Step 9: Repeat the process with the other two colors to make blue and turquoise streamer. Make enough streamers for at least one of each color per cupcake.
Step 10: To make the party hats, pinch off a piece of gum paste about the size if a medium marble, and roll the piece of gum paste between your hands to form a ball.
Step 11: Pinch the top of the ball to make a point.
Step 12: Use your fingers to flatten the bottom of the ball, and pinch around the bottom edge to form the bottom of the party hat.
Step 13: Sprinkle each hat with a little silver edible glitter. Repeat the process with the other two colors. Make enough hats to put one on each cupcake.
Step 14: Attach the star tip to the end of the pastry bag, and fill it with icing. Decorate the cupcakes with the decorator icing. Use the tip to swirl the icing from the outside in on each cupcake.
Step 15: Assemble the cupcakes by adding a party hat, and 2 - 3 streamers to each cupcake. Add a few red and green confetti sprinkles to each cupcake and top with a sprinkle of edible silver glitter.
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