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Cupcakery PART 2

by: Blog Administrator on

In the last post you saw just a few ideas for the actual basis of the cupcake and a few examples of how to put it all together. This time you're going to see a focus on decorations.

Cupcakes with humor are always a crowd pleaser and a great way to start a conversation. There are many versions of TV dinner cupcake decorations, but this is my favourite combo:

    PEAS & CARROTS: you'll need RUNTS candies (separate the green round candies from the bunch and put the others aside), orange NOW AND LATER candies or STARBURST candies (cut into small bits), and green frosting of your favourite flavor.

                >Frost the cupcake with a 1/4 inch thick layer of frosting. In a shallow dish have your green candies and orange candies mixed together featuring more green than orange. Turn the cupcake upside down and holding the backside dip the side with the frosting into the dish and lightly press down to ensure the candies stick into place. Put the cupcakes onto your serving dish- right side up of coarse.

   MASHED POTATOES & GRAVY: you'll need cool whip, caramel ice cream topping in a bottle fitted with a squeeze top (Smuckers brand), light yellow colored STARBURST or NOW AND LATER candy.

               >Frost the cupcake with the cool whip out of a piping bag fitted with a large, smooth, round tip. Make the rings as smooth as possible. With a spoon or with your finger make a shallow well slightly off center and with the cupcakes on a tray place into the freezer for a minimum of 10 minutes. Squeeze the caramel into the well with small drizzles down a few sides and finish with the yellow square candy on top.

    MAIN COURSE: you'll need some help from a Hostess product of your choice, HO HOS and DONETTES work the best for this one. You'll also need some white chocolate, melted and graham cracker crumbs.

            >On a sheet of wax paper sketch out half of a bone shape, Should be at least 3 inches long and make as many of these as possible that will fit on a wax paper piece that fits into a cookie sheet. Turn the wax paper over onto a cookie sheet so the side with your sketch is facing the pan. Using the melted white chocolate trace the bone shapes and place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator, this needs to be at least 1/4 inch thick so you may have to go over it again and put them back into the refrigerator. Once these have set (about 10 minutes) you can peel them easily off the wax paper. Meantime, have a thin base layer of frosting on your cupcake, white in color. Stick one of the HO HOS or DONETTES on it and then frost all around it. Coat the frosting with the graham cracker crumbs and finish by sticking the bone shaped white chocolate on an angle into the Donette or Ho Ho.

    DESSERT: you'll need to make a second batch of cupcakes for this, but for that second batch use the miniature muffin tin and still use the cupcake liners. You'll also need toothpicks, jimmies, red RUNTS candies.

            >On the large cupcake- the base, frost with a plain frosting and sprinkles using a knife. To attach the little one to the top use a toothpick through the center. On the little one go nuts. Frost with a colorful frosting using a piping bag fitted with a small star tip or similar. Use a couple of small jimmies and top with a single red candy out the RUNTS candy pile.

TADA!!! I told you these were fun.

On the next post we'll go through some modeling chocolate characters and some themed cupcakes.

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