Monogram Cupcakes

Fancy pastry work -- such as these candy-coating monograms -- looks far more difficult to make than they actually are. You don't even need a pastry bag. Just snip the edge from one corner of a resealable plastic bag to do your piping. And you can make homemade cupcakes if you like, but if short on time, bakery cakes will do just fine.

Monogram Cupcakes
Start To Finish Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
24 (2-1/2 inch) cupcakes


  • 2 ounce vanilla candy coating

  • 1 teaspoon shortening

  • 1 recipe Butter Frosting

  • Desired food coloring (optional)

  • 24 2.5 inch cupcakes in paper bake cups* (any flavor)

Butter Frosting

  • ¾ cup butter, softened

  • 8 cup powdered sugar

  • cup milk

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

  • Milk

  • Food coloring, if desired


  1. Place candy coating in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on 100 percent power (high) about 1-1/2 minutes or until melted, stirring once. Add shortening, stirring until melted. Let stand for 1 minute to cool slightly. Transfer mixture to a heavy resealable plastic bag. Snip off a very small piece from one corner of the bag. Carefully pipe 1- to 1-1/2-inch cursive letters on a sheet of foil or waxed paper for the large letters of the monogram. Pipe 3/4-inch cursive letters for the small letters of the monogram, placing the letters very close together so they touch. Let stand until set.

  2. If desired, tint Butter Frosting desired color(s) with food coloring.** Place in disposable pastry bag(s) fitted with extra-large tip(s). Pipe a very large swirl on top of each cupcake, covering the top.

  3. To decorate, place a monogram on each cupcake. Makes 24 (2-1/2-inch) cupcakes.

Butter Frosting

  1. In a very large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Gradually add 2 cups of the powdered sugar, beating well. Slowly bean in milk and vanilla. Gradually beat in additional powdered sugar. Beat in additional milk until frosting reaches a spreading consistency. If desired, tint with food coloring. Makes about 4-1/2 cups.

*Test Kitchen Tip:

Choose silver, gold, or black paper bake cups. Or, if preparing for a wedding, shower, or birthday party, use paper bake cups that coordinate with the party's colors.

**Test Kitchen Tip:

If preparing for a wedding, shower, or birthday party, divide frosting and tint into colors that coordinate with the party's colors. Frost some of the cupcakes in each color.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

402 Calories
14g Fat
66g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 402
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 171mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 66g 24%
Total Sugars 56g
Protein 3g
Calcium 40.4mg 3%
Iron 0.7mg 4%
Potassium 52mg 1%
Folate, total 28.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.