In-the-Rough Cupcakes, a Father's Day Tradition

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These cupcakes have become a Father's Day tradition!  They are easy to make, even for the "non-pastry person"!  The golf balls are made with white chocolate chips, melted and poured into plastic molds that are available at craft stores or on Amazon.  I make these a day ahead, allowing them to set, covered, on the counter until they're firm all the way through.  Whip up a batch of your favorite cupcakes in nifty colored baking cups, which can be made a day ahead, too, and kept covered until ready to decorate..  

When you're ready to decorate, make (or purchase if you're pressed for time) some basic buttercream and color it grass green. Frost the tops of the cupcakes lightly with a slight mound in the center so the chocolate golf balls can be pressed in slightly, and the "grass" has something to stick to when piped. Place the golf balls in the center of the frosted cupcakes.

Fill a pastry bag fitted with a multi-opening tip designed to create grass or fur;  Wilton's is number 233, but there are other brands available, too.  Practice on a lid or piece of waxed paper, not touching the cupcake, but holding the tip out a bit so the "grass" squiggles a bit and then pull the tip away, forming the blades.  Since the grass in the rough of a golf course is not even, neither does the grass on the cupcake need to be "perfect"!  Make it different lengths, and mistakes just add an "authentic" look.  So don't sweat perfection!  One tip, turn the cupcake as you pipe the grass, to keep it all fanning out from the golf ball.  Also, try to place the second row of grass between the tufts of the first row, it fills in best that way.  It take 2 rows of grass to finish the cupcakes.

Let the cupcakes set and firm up before transferring to a serving plate or air-tight covered storage container.

Make these for your next "men's" event.  I know they will be a hit!

Below are links to the golf ball molds and pastry tip and bags!

Disposable Pastry Bags

Golf Ball Mold

Pastry Tip

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