First off, some honesty: I didn’t even realise Cinco de Mayo was so close when I planned this post. Most of the time I make my recipes and DIY projects far in advance – sometimes weeks or even months before – so it’s just a happy accident that these guys happened to be posted today, the day before Cinco de Mayo!
I don’t know a whole lot about Cinco de Mayo, despite seeing it all over the internet recently. I have definitely noticed an influx of Mexican culture on my various social media dashboards, and I am certainly not complaining.
It’s always interesting to learn about the rest of the world. Even though I live in Australia, which is a multi-cultural country, Mexico is one place that I really don’t know a lot about, so it’s nice to be slowly learning things here and there. I am always up for expanding my knowledge of the world!
What I have learned so far – and please correct me if I am wrong about any of this – is that Cinco de Mayo means “fifth of May” in Spanish, and it is an annual celebration that commemorates the Mexican Army’s unlikely win over the French Empire. On this day, parades and other ceremonies are perform in Mexico, whereas in the US, it mostly focuses on the celebration of Mexican-American culture.
Once again, this is what I am getting from other people online, and the Cinco de Mayo Wikipedia page, so this may not be 100% correct. Either way, people seem to really enjoy this day and love celebrating it in many different ways. So, if you’re throwing a party that is going to feature cakes of some sort, keep reading to find out how to make your own adorable cactus sprinkles to decorate them with! 🌵
YOU WILL NEED:
♡ Thick, piping consistency royal icing
♡ Green food colour – I recommend using gel so it won’t thin out your icing
♡ Baking paper
♡ Piping bag
♡ Small images of cacti
♡ A dessert that is in need of some cactus sprinkles for decoration!
1. Add a few drops of your green food colour into your royal icing mixture until you reach your desire coloured. Cacti can be a range of shades of green so you really can’t go wrong here! If you notice your mixture becomes a lot runnier, add some mix icing sugar to thicken it up. You don’t want it to budge when you pipe out your shapes!
2. Place your sheet of small cacti images underneath a sheet of baking paper so you can trace over them. For this recipe, I just snipped off the end of my piping bag by eyeballing how big I thought the end would be, but if you’d prefer to use a piping tip I’d recommend using one that is the size of a Wilton 6 or 7 round tip. After you’ve chosen your tip, spoon your royal icing into your piping bag!
3. Now, start piping around your tiny cactus images with your icing! I recommend doing multiple of the same shape as it will take some time to get the hang of it, plus some shapes will look better than others. Do your best to smooth out any pointed areas or drip marks with a toothpick or a finger dipped in water, or you could do the opposite and purposely make more of these points to make the cacti actually look spiky!
4. When you’ve finished piping out all your cacti – and I would recommend piping out as many as you can with your icing – set aside to harden. Once they are ready to go, very carefully peel them off of the baking paper. I snapped many cacti during this step, which is why I recommend piping as many as possible. It’s best if you try to bend the baking paper away from the sprinkle, rather than picking up the sprinkle itself.
After all of your cacti are free, start using them to decorate! I’m sure you have all noticed that I decided to do the opposite of real-life cacti, and decorate pink flower cupcakes with them, instead of having the flowers scattered around the cacti, like they actually are. I thought that was pretty smart, #justsaying.
Plus, I am SUPER proud of the piping I did on the cupcakes! Definitely the best job I have done so far. Do I need to remind you just how bad I was at piping only a little over a year ago? Because I really don’t want to.
Does anybody reading this celebrate Cinco de Mayo and can tell the rest of us anything important about this celebration that those from other countries may not know? Also, what do you all think of the cactus trend that’s all over the internet these days?
I’ve got to admit, I adore them now, which really isn’t a surprise as I am usually sucked into liking most trends these days 😅 Whether you’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo this weekend or just staying at home, I hope you have fun!
Until next time,